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Friday, April 7 was a warm and windy day.  A group of Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers braved the winds to plant 300 pinwheels to attract attention and make a point. April is child abuse awareness and prevention month. The pinwheels are supposed to draw attention to the issue and hopefully spurred interest for people in the community to get involved to help by volunteering as a CASA.

Karen Barfield showed up for the pinwheel event with a hat and gloves, ready to take on the challenge in the same way she has taken on the challenge of serving to speak up for abused and neglected children.  Karen has been a CASA volunteer for seven years. A few years ago in another city, she was a foster parent. From her experience, she knew that children in foster care need an advocate to speak up for them in court. As a foster parent in another state who cared for children, she didn’t have a say in court on what happened to them and what was in their best interest. As a CASA she does. That’s why she got involved in CASA. She said, “I get satisfaction that maybe I’m helping a child start a normal life.”

Jacqueline Phillips is a retired corrections sergeant. She served the North Las Vegas Police Department for 26 years and has seen first-hand what years abuse and neglect does to people. Jacqueline has been a CASA for five years. It’s her way of breaking the  cycle. She praised the CASA team and said she that she never feels alone and gets a lot of support with helping the children in her cases.

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Sheila Taube is retired clinical psychologist who has been a CASA for just over a year and a half. She said, “I care about the kids. I let my voice be heard by the court.” Her deep green eyes light up when she descries the children she helps and four year old girl and her little 2-year-old brother who she calls, “a fire engine.”

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

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A fresh group of Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers will gain a new sense of purpose in time for the holiday season after they are sworn in at a ceremony at the Eighth Judicial District Family Court on Monday, Oct. 24 at noon, at Family Court, Courtroom 9, 601 N. Pecos Road. They will join the ranks of other CASAs who helped to give kids who have faced abusive situations a voice. There is a big need for CASAs in Clark County. Several opportunities are upcoming for people who want to have a positive impact on the life of a child. Those who want to help abused and neglected children are invited to one of the upcoming CASA orientations: Nov. 16 and Dec. 21 from 6-7:30 p.m. 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.

“Around the holidays people look for ways to give back. Volunteering to help abused and neglect children is fulfilling, rewarding and much needed,” said Family Court Judge Frank Sullivan, who will administer the oath to the CASA volunteers. “When children have a CASA, they have a voice. When they have a voice, they have hope. When they have hope, they have a future. I encourage anyone who is looking to make a difference in our community to consider volunteering as a CASA.”

There are 351 CASA volunteers serving as a voice for 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 CASA volunteer for every child in foster care.

“Those who volunteer as a CASA have a profound impact on the lives of children who have suffered abuse and neglect.” said Presiding Family Court Judge Charles Hoskin. “CASA volunteers can take pride in knowing that they help ensure that foster children are given proper treatment, the care they deserve and a voice in court.”

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, 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.

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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Friends and family brought flowers and came to show their support for the newest group of Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers who took an oath to speak up for abused and neglected children at a swearing-in ceremony on Monday. The CEO of the Nevada Donor Network attended in show of support for an employee who was a new volunteer for CASA.  Speaking up for our community’s most vulnerable is definitely something of which to be proud. There are currently more than 357 CASA volunteers serving as a voice for 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.

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, 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.

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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