Wow…a great bunch showed for CASA training. 11 good folks. Boy did we have a good time sitting around listening to Chris rant and rave about the child welfare system and all the things that go wrong. It was worse than enlightening.
It's cold out there but warm in the hearts of Carson City's people.
Thank you for your donation of clothes and your contribution to the Foster Kids Closet.
We've been passing along coats and other items to kids in care.
Thanks to Char and Jan from West Hills Hospital in Reno. They came and talked to us about our local emergency psychiatric hospital. Their website has a neat virtual tour--at the bottom of the page. As they describe it: "Located in Reno, West Hills Hospital is the only private, free-standing acute care psychiatric hospital serving northern Nevada and the border areas of northern California." We should all remember that, in an emergency, call the professionals and they will assess the risks.
Rochelle Summers from the Capitol Quilters holds up a quilt, one of several in their latest quilt donation to the Foster Kids Closet. (Stunning!)
This one went out the door with a child a couple hours later.
These handmade quilts do more than provide basic warmth. While their lives "in care" may not be settled, our kids can hold their quilt and feel how people care and, because of that, know that life is good and they will be fine.
Thank you Capitol Quilters!
Five CASA trainees graduate and become CASA volunteers! Zita, Bee, Pat, Amber and Janice attended classes, read material and held long discussions. They met the Judge, the CPS Supervisor, a foster parent and CASA volunteers who currently have cases. They observed court hearings. They learned about report writing. They learned about the abuse and neglect of children. They learned about the child welfare system. They bring their caring, their skills and their life experience.
Starting June 4, 2013 through June 22, 2013, The Division of Child and Family Services will be hosting the next Carson City P.R.I.D.E. Training! If you know of folks that may be considering fostering or adopting through the State of Nevada, please have them call 1-888-423-2659 for more information!