THE JUDGE'S CORNER:  It's All About Education 
by Judge Frank Sullivan

Sullivan smiling
Based upon my own personal experience, it is my firm belief that "education is the great equalizer". With that in mind and a new school year beginning, it is imperative that we address the educational needs of OUR youth in the child welfare system. In order to help ensure that youth in the foster care system are provided with the same educational services and opportunities as all other youth, the Nevada Legislature recently passed the Educational Decision Maker Law, Assembly Bill No. 156.

The Educational Decision Maker (EDM) Law requires the court to appoint an educational decision maker who has the knowledge and skills to act in the best interest of the child in all educational matters. It is presumed to be in the best interest of the child for the court to appoint the parent/guardian, or the permanent caregiver, as the EDM. If the parent/guardian is unwilling or unable to be the EDM, or the court finds it is not in the best interest for the parent/guardian to serve as the EDM, then the court may appoint a relative, fictive kin, foster parent, or a Guardian Ad Litem to be the EDM.  Read More.
EVERYDAY HEROES: CASA Volunteers of the Month


A NOTE FROM THE CASA FOUNDATION: Annual Back to School Event
Many thanks to Dawnelle Gallo, CASA Foundation Board of Trustee and Chair, and to the entire Back to School Committee for working tirelessly for months to pull this event together! A very special thanks to Barb and Rick Grove, Salon owners, for their incredible eight-year philanthropic investment in this initiative. Under their leadership and with the tireless efforts of their team (especially James, Amanda and Sydney) this event has grown from eighty foster youth getting haircuts to a full-blown, day-long logistical operation involving hundreds of volunteers in order to create a fun and memorable day, in a carnival-style atmosphere, for over one-thousand abused and neglected children in the Child Welfare System.  Read more.



We are so happy to welcome seventeen new CASA volunteers to our network. These new volunteers are now assigned to advocate for the best interest of 47 children in foster care.

Family Court Judges participating in the 2019 Summer Swearing In ceremony included Family Court Presiding Judge Bryce Duckworth and Judges: Frank Sullivan, Rebecca Burton and Rhonda Forsberg. As Judge Sullivan states, "CASAs Rock!"

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
  • 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6 PM, at Clark County Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas NV 89155. MAP
  • 1st Wednesday of the month at 10:30 AM, at East Las Vegas Library, 2851 E. Bonanza Road, NV 89101 MAP
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers provide advocacy for children who have been abused and neglected so that children can thrive in safe and permanent homes.