National Adoption Month: My Personal Story
It’s November and that means it is National Adoption Month- a month of giving thanks for birth parents, adoptive parents, and of course the adopted children. In Department Y, we have the honor of celebrating adoptions with families every week. Adoptions, as well as family reunifications, are always the highlight. I know the emotional roller coaster the families have been on very well as I too am an adoptive parent.

My personal adoption journey began in the early 2000’s when my husband Scott and I took a leap of faith to pursue growing our family through international adoption. Our adoption agency provided us with information regarding the countries that were open for adoptions. We were drawn to India-the rich culture and the beauty and spirit of the people. We learned about the many children living in orphanages who were waiting for their forever families. We were given videotapes- yes this was back in the day of the VHS tapes- of a 4 year old little girl named Pooja.
New Volunteers Sworn In
Twenty-three new CASA volunteers recently completed 30-hours of in-person training and are now assigned to advocate for the best interest of 53 children in foster care. They were sworn in by Judge Sullivan on October 15th. Also in attendance at the swearing in ceremony were Family Court Presiding Judge Rebecca Burton, Judge Margaret Pickard, Juvenile Hearing Master, Adriana Rincon-White, State CASA Director, Jane Saint, Court Executive Officer, Steve Grierson and DeNeese Parker, Assistance Court Administrator. The swearing-in ceremony was virtual.
Become a CASA Volunteer!

Are you interested in becoming a CASA volunteer? Maybe you know someone who would be a terrific child advocate. Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers are assigned by the Judge to advocate for the best interest of a child in foster care. Free informational meetings are scheduled (virtually) four times every month.
CASA Program of the Eighth Judicial District Court | 702.455.4306 |
601 North Pecos Road, Las Vegas, NV 89101