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Monthly Archives: April 2017

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and a great time to volunteer as a CASA.

Pinwheel casa

As part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, 300 pinwheels will be planted at Family Court to symbolize the more than 3,200 children in our community who face abuse and neglect and are receiving services under the supervision of Family Court. Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers and those who want to help kids are invited to join the pinwheel planting at the Eighth Judicial District Family Court flagpole on April 7 from 10-11:30 a.m. at  601 N. Pecos Road. The pinwheel plant will visually depict the free spirit that kids should enjoy and encourage those who see it that they are needed as volunteers to advocate for children in foster care.

“Almost everyone loves pinwheels. They’re fun; and in this case, we hope the pinwheels will remind people of the many children who deserve to live free from abuse and neglect, and to just be kids.” said Family Court Judge Frank Sullivan, who oversees the CASA program. “By volunteering just a few hours a week to serve as a CASA, volunteers can make the difference of a lifetime for a child.”

The CASA program recruits, screens, trains and supports volunteers to represent the best interests of hundreds of foster children annually. There are currently around 325 CASA volunteers who serve as a voice for those children. 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 judges.

“Our hope is that those passing the pinwheel display think about the children who need someone and take the step to volunteer. For each of the 300 pinwheels, there are more than 10 children who need a Court Appointed Special Advocate to volunteer to speak on their behalf,” said Presiding Family Court Judge Charles Hoskin. “CASA’s give children in foster care a very important and much needed voice.”

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 www.casalasvegas.org or Facebook at www.facebook.com/#!/CASALasVegas.

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Ice cream

With the beautiful weather, the timing could be better to offer up free ice cream. Check out the 13 Action news stories on the Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops April 4, noon to 8 p.m CASA Foundation ice cream event: http://www.ktnv.com/on-air/interviews/ben-jerrys-hosts-free-cone-day-to-fundraise-for-casa

http://www.ktnv.com/positivelylv/dining-and-entertainment/free-cone-day-at-ben-jerrys-on-april-4

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.

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 www.casalasvegas.org or Facebook at www.facebook.com/#!/CASALasVegas.

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A ribbon-cutting marked the official opening for the new courthouse for the Supreme Court of Nevada and the Nevada Court of Appeals on March 27.   A who’s-who of officials were present for the celebration that took place on the same day that the Raiders NFL team announced they were moving to Las Vegas. The mood was jovial, and at one point a caravan of Raider revelers drove near honking and celebrating.  It was a perfect launch for the latest addition to the downtown “corridor of justice.” The new courthouse at 408 E. Clark Ave. was completed in just 14 months. Justice James Hardesty, credited for directing construction was given a standing ovation for his work on the project.

According to a ribbon-cutting program, the new courthouse is intended to reflect the importance of the building’s use and the permanence of justice. The Supreme Court courtroom in the basement of Library of Congress in Washington, DC was the inspiration for much of the design. The front doors are bronze and were inspired by the U.S. Supreme Court Building.

The courthouse was constructed using quality materials and fine detail.  The 17 counties in Nevada and state and Nevada Supreme Court seals are carved in stone on the eaves. Lady Justice tops a copper dome with her sword at the ready to strike down injustice.  There are many other details that make this building special; but to do it justice, you have to see it.

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