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Nearly 3,500 children in the community are receiving services under supervision of Family Court. Many of them are in foster care. They are scared, lonely and intimidated by the system that they have been thrown into, through no fault of their own. CASA volunteers bring hope and stability to these children. A new group of CASA volunteers will take an oath to speak on behalf of abused and neglected kids on Monday, Feb. 13 at noon, at Family Court, Courtroom 9, 601 N. Pecos Road.

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: Feb.15 and March 15 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.

There are 323 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.

“I invite community members to pay it forward by volunteering as a CASA,” said Family Court Judge Frank

Sullivan, who will administer the oath to the CASA volunteers. “When children have a CASA, they have a voice. That voice helps to ensure they get the opportunities that every child deserves. When children have opportunity they have a shot at a bright future, which is good for the entire community. I encourage anyone who is looking to make a difference in our community to consider volunteering as a CASA.”

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.

“In family cases we see the heartbreak of children who are neglected and abused. We are fortunate to have great volunteer advocates to speak on their behalf; but more are needed.” said Presiding Family Court Judge Charles Hoskin. “Our goal is to have an advocate for each of the nearly 3,500 children receiving services under supervision of the Family Division.”

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It’s the most wonderful day of the year with breakfast, family photos and other treats for 50 families as part of an adoption marathon to be held on Thursday, Nov. 17 , starting at 8 a.m. in the Juvenile Justice Gymnasium, 651 N. Pecos Road. Adorable kids dressed in their finest will then head off to the Family Court, 601 Pecos Road where six judges will finalize their adoptions with hearings from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The event at Family Court is a concerted effort between the Eighth Judicial District Court, the Clark County Department of Family Services, CASA Program, CASA Foundation, The Adoption Exchange, Olive Crest and Nevada Youth Care Providers, and Eagle Quest.  Eagle Quest. The families will be honored before they head to the courtrooms of Judges  Rena Hughes, Cynthia Giuliani, Jennifer Elliott, William Potter, Frank Sullivan and Robert Teuton.

“The adoption marathon is an exceptional event. Seeing families come together to love and support children and witnessing the joy it brings is a bright spot for the Family Division,” said Presiding Judge Charles Hoskin. “There is always a need for caring people to come forward to foster, adopt or speak up as a CASA volunteer for abused and neglected children.”

November is National Adoption Awareness Month, a designation intended to raise awareness on the thousands of children in foster care waiting for permanent loving families through adoption. Adoption month  is also designated as a time to celebrates the families who make the commitment to give children a place to call home. Locally, more than 3,500 children receive services under the supervision of the District Court Family Division.

Each year, National Adoption Day connects thousands of children with permanent families through the help of judges, attorneys, adoption agencies, adoption professionals and child advocates. For more information about adoption, call the Clark County Department of Family Services at 702-455-0800 or e-mail DFSAdoptions@ClarkCountyNV.gov. For information on CASA, please call 702-455-4306, visit www.casalasvegas.org or Facebook at www.facebook.com/#!/CASALasVegas.

 

 

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Children who have experienced traumatizing family situations and placed into foster care will gain a new voice when 17 new Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers will be sworn in at a ceremony at the Eighth Judicial District Family Court on Monday, May 16 at noon, at Family Court, Courtroom 9, 601 N. Pecos Road. The volunteers successfully completed specialized training to give them the tools they need to serve as an effective voice for children and to give them a say on what happens with their life.

There are currently 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.

“CASA volunteers play a very important role to help ensure that children don’t get lost in the system,” 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. These kids deserve everything we want for our own kids. So, I urge those who are able, to step forward and volunteer to be a voice for children. The relationship you establish with a child will last a lifetime.”

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.

“The court has committed substantial resources to improve the outcomes for abuse and neglect cases, and to give the children what they need to be able to be in a safe and permanent home. We have moved to a one-judge one-family policy to give judges more time with cases and help them to get to know the kids and their needs.” said Presiding Family Court Judge Charles Hoskin. “CASA volunteers play a crucial role in achieving the best possible outcomes by conveying the children’s point of view.”

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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