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Update: Family First

The Family First Prevention Services Act reforms the federal child welfare financing streams provided through Titles IV-E and IV-B of the Social Security Act. States with an approved Title IV-E Prevention Plan have the option to use the federal funding for prevention services that would allow “candidates for foster care” to stay with their parents or relatives. A written, trauma-informed Prevention Plan must be created with services being evidence-based. Nevada is planning on submitting its’ proposed Prevention Plan to the federal government for approval by the end of the month. It usually takes about four (4) months of negotiations between the state and the feds for the Prevention Plan to be ultimately approved.
CASA Program Awarded Its First National Grant
The Eighth Judicial District Court CASA Program has been awarded a $60,000 Core Model Grant from the National Court Appointed Special Advocate/ Guardian ad Litem (CASA/GAL) Association for Children.
These funds will be used to increase public awareness about CASA's mission through paid media campaigns and to increase the number of CASA volunteers who can support children and families impacted by opioids and other substances.  

In-person training is underway for 20 individuals wanting to become CASA volunteers. The training is happening at the Government Center where individuals adhere to social distancing, hand sanitizing and other safety measures. The participants complete up to 3-hours every week of independent online activities in addition to 3-hours of in-person classroom instruction. The participants will complete training and be sworn in on August 9th. If you or someone you know is interested in being a volunteer child advocate, visit our website for more information to get started! The fall classes begin in September.


Are you interested in becoming a CASA volunteer? Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers are assigned to advocate for the best interest of a child in foster care. We need your help! Free informational meetings are scheduled four times every month.