FEBRUARY is historically a month showered with LOVE
Commerce has basically set the shape of a heart as the symbol for this month when people shower their loved ones with tokens of appreciation demonstrating or in some cases declaring their love. They do so with roses, chocolates, affectionate gifts, and cards.

Showing love to someone sparks an emotion within both the giver and the recipient. I would like to take this space to remind us all (myself included) a couple of things – 1. LOVE should be demonstrated ALL YEAR LONG, not just in February - 2. LOVE can be demonstrated with ACTION and ATTENTION – gifts and cards are not always required.

CHILDREN learn from adults and when they are shown love, affection, and attention they feel the emotion of LOVE and also are motivated to thrive. Children in the foster care system sometimes lack attention because everyone who works within the system is concerned and overwhelmed with meeting the child’s basic needs i.e., FOOD, WATER, SHELTER, CLOTHING. But we often leave LOVE and ATTENTION out of the equation because those are not considered a “basic” need, at least not according to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

Twenty-nine CASA volunteers were sworn in as Officers of the Court by Judge Frank Sullivan on Tuesday, February 18. These volunteers completed the required training and are now assigned to seventy-one children in foster care. These volunteers will advocate for the children(s) best interest and provide a voice in Court. Also in attendance were: Family Court Presiding Judge Bryce Duckworth, Judge Charles Hoskin, Judge Vincent Ochoa and Judge Rhonda Forsberg. The CASA Program's spring training series begins in April 2020.

Thanks to the amazing generosity of the UNLV School of Dental Medicine, a few fortunate foster children have been given braces for free and are finding their smiles. 

The Dental School is willing to expand that program and accept several more requests. If Medicaid has denied braces request for a foster child and regular transportation is available to get the child to the West Charleston campus, the CASA Foundation might be able to help.    

The William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV is recognizing the CASA Program with the Silver Embrace Award for commendable work dedicated to improving the Las Vegas community through public service law.

We are honored and humbled with this recognition and look forward to the Public Interest Law Association's 21st Silver State Auction on February 27, 2020.
Are you interested in becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer assigned to advocate for the best interest of a child in foster care? We need your help! Join us for an orientation to learn more about this important role.
The CASA Program has four orientations every month: 

  • 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month at 11:30 AM, at Child Haven, 701 North Pecos, Las Vegas, NV 89101 MAP 

  • 1st Wednesday of the month at 10:30 AM, at East Las Vegas Library, 2851 E. Bonanza Road, NV 89101 MAP 

  • 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6 PM, at Clark County Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas NV 89155. MAP
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers provide advocacy for children who have been abused and neglected so that the children can thrive in safe and permanent homes.