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First, families go through a free home study with Clark County Family and Children Services. The home study includes education, self-evaluation to help families prepare to adopt a child who needs a loving home, and the following (but not limited to): - 39 hours of training - Background checks and references - Fingerprinting - Fire inspection
The required training and home study are free, but there are often attorney fees and court costs associated with adoption. These expenses may be eligible for reimbursement as non-recurring expenses.
Foster families receive a monthly, non-taxable paycheck, 2 weeks of paid vacation per year, allowances for clothing and activities, medical coverage for the foster child, and mileage reimbursement.
Overall, families must: - Love and understand children and want to make a lifetime commitment to parenting a child in need - Want to share their time and family life and give a child a place to call home - Be flexible, responsive and understand that there may be challenging times — and that the rewards last a lifetime