Children's Foundation of Las Vegas

New Name, Same Heart

Supporting Children and Youth in Foster Care since 1983

(Website Currently Under Construction)

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Formerly the CASA Foundation of Las Vegas

Up until 2022, the Children’s Foundation of Las Vegas operated as the CASA Foundation. It was established in 1983 to promote and support the efforts of the Clark County Court Appointed Special Advocate Program. The CASA Foundation provided funding, volunteer recognition, program assistance, and public relations activities for the CASA program to recruit and train volunteers for the last 40 years. For the last 30 years, the Foundation has added another component to its mission to identify and provide funds for the “unmet” needs of children and youth in foster care. The Foundation is committed to making a difference in the lives of children who have been or are currently in foster care in Clark County, Nevada.

Providing Great Opportunities for Children in Foster Care

Foster youth often do not get to take part in activities and opportunities that most kids take for granted. Participating in an extracurricular activity can be beyond a child in foster care’s reach. The result is that many youths in care not only feel different and separate from their peers, but they also miss out on opportunities and experiences that allow them to build skills and relationships. All children in care want to be treated like “normal” kids. Experiences to achieve “normalcy” include participating in various activities such as school events, camps, sports, music, and the like. The goal is to ease the stigma that affects many foster youth and help smooth their path to adulthood through social activities and other experiences.

The Mission

The mission of the Children’s Foundation of Las Vegas is to provide unmet needs for children who are or have been in foster care in Clark County, Nevada.

Southern Nevada/Clark County

  • There are more than 3,400 CHILDREN in foster care
  • On average children in foster care spend MORE THAN 1 YEAR in care

WHY WE NEED TO SUPPORT NEVADA’S MOST VULNERABLE CHILDREN

  • 75% of children in foster care perform below their academic grade level.
  • During their first year in care, most children experience instability, moving 2-3 times. All these children have faced loss and trauma in their lives.
    Up to 80% of children in foster care may have significant mental health issues.
  • The child welfare system is in a state of crisis, due in part to the devastating opioid epidemic.
  • 1,900 children are victims of abuse or neglect every day.
  • 5,274 documented abused and neglected children reside 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.

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