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Why We Need To Support Nevada’s Most Vulnerable Children

The Problem:  An Overwhelmed System              

  • The child welfare system is in a state of crisis, due in part to the devastating opioid epidemic.
  • 5,274 documented abused and neglected children in Nevada.
  • More than 4,400 children are in Nevada's foster care system on any given day.
  • Children spend an average of 13.2 months in care.

The Challenge:  Not Enough Resources 

  • 8 local CASA programs currently serve children in 10 of the 17 Nevada counties.
  • 630 CASA Advocates speak up for 1,223 of Nevada’s abused and neglected children.
  • 4,051 of Nevada’s abused and neglected children still need a CASA advocate.
  • NRS 432B.500 mandates a GAL/CASA for each abused and neglected child but there is no state funding to support this mandate - Nevada is one of only six states in the nation that receives no state funding to support its mandate to serve such children.

Why work with a CASA Program?  Proven Success       

Children with Court Appointed Special Advocates have better odds of succeeding. A child with a CASA volunteer:

  • Will spend 4 to 6 months less time in foster care
  • Will receive more needed services such as counseling and tutoring
  • Is more likely to stay in school and go on to graduate
  • Is half as likely to re-enter the foster care system
  • Is more like to find a safe, loving, and permanent home

Sources:  DCFS 2019 Annual Services Progress Report, National CASA Association, Adoption Network, Fostering Court Improvement Website

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