Facts About Abused/Neglected Children in Clark County
2014 Clark County CASA Accomplishments and Points of Pride
In 2014 Clark County’s CASA Program averaged 350+ active volunteer advocates including 70 newly trained volunteers and served an overall average of 900 children in foster care that included the addition of 457 new CASA Orders.
The CASA Program’s volunteer advocates:
DONATED $1 million+ worth of time and services to Clark County
WORKED 50,000 hours for FREE
DROVE 371,000 miles without reimbursement
WROTE 400+ court reports without being paid
ADVOCATED for 339 children who exited foster care and achieved permanency
NOTE: 56 % of these children were reunified with a biological parent or relative; 30% of these children were adopted
Clark County Department of Family Services Statistics 2014: By the end of 2014 there were nearly 3,000 children are in out-of-home placements because they are not safe at home.The Department of Family Services (DFS) Statistical Report of December 2014 reflects the following statistics:
In December 2014 there were 2,977 new referrals received by the Department of Family Services hotline. Of the 2,977 referrals, 1,662 child protection services investigations were conducted.
By the end of 2014, approximately 2,929 children were placed in out of home placements, to include foster homes, relative placements, treatment foster homes, residential homes and other out of home placements.
Of the 4,078 children received at the Emergency Reception Center at Child Haven, 1,961 were released within 24 hours to a parent, relative, fictive kin or placed directly into a foster home.
In 2014 children remained in Child Haven for more extended periods of time than in previous years. In December 2014, the average daily population at Child Haven was 54 children, with an average stay of 14 days.
DFS has a goal of having enough foster homes, so that children and families can be properly matched, to minimize placement moves and add stability for children.
The need for foster families who are willing and able to care for children with emotional and behavioral challenges is high.
The goal of the Department of Family Services is to have no more than two unrelated children, under the age of six, in the same foster home.Studies have shown that for healthy bonding and attachment, younger children do better in a family foster home, with one caregiver, versus living in a shelter type facility, with multiple staff.