LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – The Clark County Department of Family Services and the LGBTQ Center of Southern Nevada said they are hosting a community resource fair aimed to support LGBTQ+ families Thursday.

The free “Safe Homes, Open Hearts” fair is expected to start at 5 p.m. and conclude around 8 p.m. Organizers say the goal of the fair is to provide resources and information for families interested in becoming foster caregivers, including LGBTQ+ youth.

“The need for new foster parents in our community is significant,” said Clark County Family Services Deputy Director Patrick Barkley. “Loving foster and adoptive parents from all backgrounds, including the LGBTQ+ community, are pivotal in providing stability and care for our youth. DFS is committed to providing resources to help those who step up to the plate for this noble cause.”

There is a push for single parents and LGBTQ+ families to open their homes to foster children.

Organizers say there will be a panel of foster and adoptive parents who will share their personal experiences to offer insight into the foster care system and adoption. Community partners such as Raise the Future and CASA Las Vegas are expected to be on site to provide resources and information to help create an inclusive home environment.

“Attendees will have the opportunity to initiate their foster care application and undergo fingerprinting right at the venue,” organizers said in the media release.

Organizers say the fair will be held at The LGTBQ Center of Southern Nevada. Their address is 401 S. Maryland Parkway in downtown Las Vegas. Space is limited, so organizers encourage those interested in attending to to apply here.

For more information on fostering in Clark County, visit their website.


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