by Judge  Frank Sullivan

New Year, New Opportunities
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With the coming of the New Year, we all look forward to new opportunities which are presented to us. This is not only true in our personal lives, but also in our professional lives. The Juvenile Dependency Court is no different as we start off the New Year with two new Dependency Hearing Masters; namely, H.M. Margaret Pickard and H.M. Adriana White. H.M. Pickard will be presiding over Central site cases in Courtroom #14 and H.M. White will be hearing North site cases in Courtroom #20. Our new Hearing Masters will be highlighted in future articles so I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of OUR children and families, to thank Judge Gibson and H.M. Norheim for their extraordinary efforts in achieving safe, loving, nurturing and permanent homes for all of OUR children!


With the generous support of  sponsors, the CASA Foundation, along with several community partners, held an amazing holiday party for the children in foster care.  The children enjoyed pictures with Santa & Ms. Claus & various Disney princesses and characters. There was face painting, bouncy houses, games, food & much more.  A bundle of wrapped toys or a $50.00 gift card was provided to approximately 3000 children this year.  

Thank you to all who either donated funds, coordinated toy drives, located donors to purchase gift items, or volunteered before, during or after the party.  The Angel Tree Holiday Party is a big job and requires a lot of work.  Thanks to everyone's help, the party was a huge success.     


The CASA Program would like to extend a special thanks to the employees of the Nevada Department of  Energy (DOE) for once again supporting some families in need during the holiday season. 

For the past four years, the staff of DOE has utilized proceeds from their snack fund, to sponsor children and families in need. These families consisted of foster children, who are living with relatives, who were not yet licensed foster parents.  This year's families included a total of ten children, who are living with two separate relatives. Each household received food items, toiletries, wrapped gifts for every child, which included a wish list item, clothing and shoes. Additionally, each adult received a wish list item, as well as a monetary gift. Thank you Lori R. and all the DOE staff who helped to make this year's "Adopt a Family" a huge success. The families, the CASA volunteers and the children really appreciate you all!


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! Call today!
The CASA Program holds orientations every month. The next orientation is scheduled on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 6 pm at the 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 children can thrive in safe and permanent homes.

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