April declared Child Abuse Prevention Month

Joyce Lupiani

April declared Child Abuse Prevention Month

CREATED Apr. 17, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Clark County Commission is planning to declare April as "Child Abuse Prevention Month" for Southern Nevada today.

Last year, the county's child abuse and neglect hotline received more than 15,000 reports of abuse and neglect. On any given day, more than 3,000 children live in foster care due to abuse or neglect.

The Clark County Commission will present a proclamation to the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program during a meeting this morning, April 17, at the Commission Chambers at the County Government Center on Grand Central Parkway.

CASA Administrators Sheila Parks and Family Court Judge Frank Sullivan will accept the proclamation from the commission. Lorrie Curriden, recipient of CASA's 2011 Award of Excellence will also be attending.

The Clark County Courts' CASA Program recruits, screens, trains and supports volunteers to represent the best interests of approximately 800 foster children annually. The advocates represent the children in school, child and family team meetings, and in court. Volunteering for the program involves a two-year commitment and a willingness to spend time with the children to advocate for them. The CASA program always needs volunteers.
Monthly orientations are held on the third Wednesday of the month to provide more information about the program. For more information, please call (702) 455-4306 or visit www.casalasvegas.org or www.Facebook.com/CASALasVegas.