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Monthly Archives: November 2014

DSC_0153Thanksgiving is a time for families. But many families in our community are in crisis and many of those families end up at Family Court. Last week, Family Court marked more than 20 years of service to the community with events, including two service provider fairs, intended to inform the community about the services offered to assist those families in crisis. Representatives gave out information on programs including: The Family Court Violence Intervention Program; the Family Mediation Program; the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program; classes in English and Spanish to teach effective parenting; help from Boys Town that offers a hotline and other resources for parents; counseling on substance abuse and mental health issues and foster care services through Choices and Maple Star; ways to reunify families through the FIT program; the FACT program that helps families heal from traumas and the cycle of abuse, neglect, violence and addiction; UNLV’s program for cooperative parenting; the COPE program that helps parents help their kids, Peggy’s Attic that helps young people get the things they need when recovering from abusive situations. It’s a long list; a list that many people don’t know exists. For a list of services visit the court website at http://www.clarkcountycourts.us/ejdc/courts-and-judges/family.html.

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DSC_0061The Eighth Judicial District Court, Family Division has been serving our community for more than 20 years. During the week of Nov. 17-21, visitors are invited to get a first-hand look at programs aimed at ensuring the best interest of families in our community and to meet service providers who help families during some of their most challenging times. A week filled with informative events is planned at the Family Court. The events include: two service provider days in the Family Court atrium; a ropes challenge at the juvenile detention facility that will demonstrate some of the work being accomplished to rehabilitate youth offenders; an adoption fair that will share the wonderful fulfillment of adoption; a recognition ceremony to honor those who founded the Family Court and to provide perspective on why it is so crucial to our community; and an art contest showcase of what family means to children in Clark County.

“It took a lot of work and commitment from many individuals to establish and build the Family Court to what it is today. A lot has been accomplished over the past 20 years to assist families in some of their most challenging times,” said Presiding Family Court Judge Charles Hoskin. “This 20th anniversary recognition week is an opportunity for the community to see what is available to ensure the interests of families in Clark County. The events will also offer a perspective on the importance of a court focused on addressing family law.”

Family Court 20th anniversary event schedule Nov. 17-21

Monday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Family Court Atrium, 601 N. Pecos Road
On-campus Service Provider Day This is an opportunity to learn about the services available and to meet the people who assist families on the Family Court campus.

Tuesday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Family Court Atrium, 601 N. Pecos Road
Off-campus Service Provider Day This is an opportunity to learn about the off-site providers and the services they offer to assist families in partnership with the Family Court.

Wednesday, Nov. 19
8 a.m. in Child Haven Gym, 651 N. Pecos (Family Court Campus) followed by scheduled adoptions
Adoption Marathon with 75 being adopted
Opening Family Celebration at Child Haven gym followed by adoptions in various courtrooms.
10 a.m. to noon at the Juvenile Detention Facility Ropes Course
Ropes Challenge Judicial Relay
Family Court judges will showcase the work done to rehabilitate juveniles and meet the daily challenges of the Family Court.

Thursday, Nov. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Child Haven Gym, 651 N. Pecos (Family Court Campus)
Family Court Awards Recognition Event This event will offer a historical perspective and recognize those who founded Family Court.

Friday, Nov. 21 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Child Haven Gym, 651 N. Pecos (Family Court Campus)
Student art contest winners announced
Contest theme: What does family mean to you?
Student artwork will be displayed for viewing.

The Family Court 20th anniversary events scheduled for Nov. 17-21 will demonstrate how the Eighth Judicial District Court Family Division is using alternative, more efficient means to ensure justice through a collaborative therapeutic problem solving specialty court process. For more information about the courts, please visit our website at clarkcountycourts.us, Facebook.com/ClarkCountyCourts, Twitter at
M Price@LasVegasCourts, or blog at eighthjdcourt.wordpress.com.

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Preventing DUI’s saves lives. That’s why the latest donation of 10 clubs by the Stop DUI program to the District Court Felony DUI Program is so important. Those going through Felony DUI Program treatment are prohibited from driving a vehicle without a breath interlock device. The Clubs are used as part of a strategy to keep them from driving vehicles without the interlock device. Putting a Club on a participant’s vehicle without the interlock device is a way to reduce the potential for a DUI re-offense in the event of a relapse. The Felony DUI Program has 445 participants in various stages of the three to five-year intensive treatment program. A lot of Clubs are needed to secure the vehicles around that many participants.
The Felony DUI Program is one of several District Court specialty court programs that save lives and tax dollars by solving issues through a rigorous and coordinated approach between judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation, law enforcement, mental health, social service and treatment communities. Participants in the Felony DUI Program have a pending Felony DUI charge within a seven- year period and have to meet the diagnostic criterion for a substance use disorder. Judge Linda Marie Bell presides over the adult specialty courts program.
Sandy Heverly, the co-founder and executive director of Stop DUI, describes the organization as: “a Nevada grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to stopping the violent crime of driving under the influence and assisting the victims of this crime.” Visit http://www.stopdui.org for more information on the program.
The specialty courts are a great example of how the Eighth Judicial District Court is using alternative, efficient methods to address crime and ensure justice. District Court continuously works to develop innovative ideas, improve efficiencies, address issues and improve access to justice. For more information about the courts, please visit our website at clarkcountycourts.us.

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A chorus of new Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers were sworn in today at a ceremony at the Eighth Judicial District Family Court. The newly trained volunteers will help fill a very big need for advocates to speak on behalf of foster children in our community. Many more volunteers are needed to advocate for the nearly 3,500 children receiving services under supervision of Family Court. Last year, more than 900 children had a CASA volunteer to help them navigate through the system, and deal with school challenges and home life. The goal is to get a volunteer to be a voice for every foster child.

“Advocating for a foster child just a few hours each month, can make a very important difference in the life of a child,” said Family Court Judge Frank Sullivan, who oversees the CASA program. “I urge members of the community to consider volunteering for the CASA program. It will be a truly rewarding experience for those who volunteer.”

The CASA program recruits, screens, trains and supports volunteers to represent the best interests of hundreds of foster children annually. The advocates represent the children in school, child and family team meetings, and in court. Volunteering for the program involves a two-year commitment and a willingness to spend quality time with the children to advocate for them. In 1980, Judge John Mendoza led the creation of the Clark County CASA Program. The CASA mission continues to be fully supported by Family Court judges.

For those interested in volunteering with CASA, monthly orientations are held on the third Wednesday of each month to provide more information about the program. Upcoming orientations will be held at the Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy. For more information about the program please call 702-455-4306, visit http://www.casalasvegas.org or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/CASALasVegas.

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