Foster children need powerful voices to speak for them.

Dated: January 14 2019

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Nearly 3,500 abused and neglected children live in foster care in Clark County, Nevada because they cannot live safely at home.

These children need powerful voices to speak for them. The mission of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program in Las Vegas is to provide that voice.



The overall goal of the CASA Program is to ensure a child’s right to a safe, permanent and nurturing home through independent assessment of the case facts and the community resources. The primary focus of the CASA Program is child advocacy. This is clearly different from the family restructuring focus of Family Mediation, the child protective intervention focus of the Clark County Department of Family Services or the Children’s Attorney Project (CAP) who represent children’s legal wishes or what the children want. Each of these other agencies is bound by the multiple interests of the family as a whole or to protect the legal rights of the child. Whereas, the CASA Program has the great luxury of concentrating solely on the best interests of the individual child.

The Clark County CASA program celebrated 30 years of providing advocacy for children in Clark County in 2010. The program’s success is the result of planning and the help of many volunteers.



The mission of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes.

CASA PROGRAM GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

1. To ensure that the best interest of every abused/neglected child is represented in court.
2. To ensure that every CASA child is placed in a safe, permanent and nurturing home.
3. To ensure that every CASA child achieves permanency in a timely manner.

How do you become a CASA? (click here)



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