Fallon, Nevada 89406
WHAT IS A CASA ?
A CASA is a well-trained individual who can devote the time necessary to listen to the child, investigate their concerns and situation and develop feasible options for the Court to consider that represent the best interest of the child. They are not tethered to an overburdened caseload and they are not responsible for focusing on the entire family. They are not responsible for providing appropriate legal representation but rather mentorship and support. To be clear, a CASA is not designed to be an adversary to the social worker or the attorney, but rather is an important member of the team whose ultimate goal is the best interest of that child.
CASAs stand up for abused, and neglected children as they travel through the Court system; in short they are the voice of the child. In an overburdened system where children risk slipping through the cracks, the CASA’s sole goal is to see that the child’s best interests are served.
What are the requirements for becoming a CASA?
A CASA must be over the age of 21. They must successfully pass a criminal background investigation and submit to and receive a clear CANS (a system that contains information on reported cases of Child Abuse) report. They must provide at least three references that are not relatives. They must submit to a thorough interview and are screened closely for objectivity, competence and commitment. We are requiring a two year commitment for all our CASAs (that is the normal time frame for a case). Once they have passed the screening process they must attend and successfully complete the training program (approximately 40 hours). Only after completing the training are they sworn in as a CASA.
How much time does it require?
Each case is different however, normally, a CASA will initially spend about ten to fifteen hours doing research and conducting interviews prior to the first court appearance (normally 30 days after being assigned the case) and another few hours writing a court report and developing recommendations. The more complicated the case, the more time. During this initial period, the CASA must be available to attend the court hearings. Once the initial case is heard, the CASA will work about 10 hours a month monitoring the case, meeting with DCFS, the school, the parents and most importantly the child.
The Churchill County Kid’s Kloset is a regional resource for the Division of Child and Family Services and the Churchill County CASA Program to use in the event that a youth in DCFS custody requires clothing (emergency or otherwise), shoes, personal hygiene items and school supplies that cannot be obtained by any other means but are necessary for their comfort, improvement of quality of life, safety, health or simply something to make their lives easier. The Kid’s Kloset is always in need of donations of new or very gently used items. Contact the Churchill County CASA office at 423-6088 ext 255 to donate.
204 Marsh Ave., Ste. 101
Nevada Legal Services’ objective is to revitalize neighborhoods through the work of community based nonprofits and small businesses.
Who we are:
Nevada Legal Services, Inc. (NLS) is a non-profit organization that provides free legal services to low income Nevadans. Recently, NLS has started legal representation of nonprofit organizations and small businesses in Nevada. NLS is a state wide organization assisting every county in Nevada.
How we can help:
- Assist nonprofit organizations obtain 501(c) tax exempt status with Internal Revenue Service by working with them through all necessary stages of incorporation, drafting/reviewing of bylaws, preparation of IRS Exemption Application, and all other operational documents needed.
- Once a nonprofit organization has obtained its 501(c) status, NLS can assist the organization with requirements to stay compliant with the IRS and the state, property acquisitions, leases, zoning, licensing, permitting, contract drafting and review, employment law, insurance law, and many other legal areas that oftentimes, create burdensome hurdles for nonprofits to overcome.
- For small businesses, NLS can assist entities with the formation of LLCs, Corporations, Limited Partnerships, through various stages of incorporation, organization, drafting/reviewing of bylaws, drafting/reviewing of operating agreements, property acquisitions, federal and state tax issues, contract drafting/reviewing, property acquisitions, employment law, insurance law, and other legal areas.
Carson City, Nevada 89702
VARN – Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevadans
VARN offers various programs serving low income residents and victims of domestic violence in 15 rural Nevadan counties. Our service area includes Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lincoln, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Pershing, Storey and White Pine counties.
Services provided in their programs consist of:
- Crisis Counseling
- Safety planning (link to Safety Planning page)
- Emergency legal representation to extend/modify protection orders
- Legal representation in divorce, child custody, termination of parental rights and guardianship matters
- Legal representation in VAWA Self-Petition or U-visa processes
- Information and referral to other resources
There are a variety of programs offered:
The Domestic Violence Rural Immigrant Integration Project serves undocumented victims of domestic violence who would like to obtain legal status in the United States through the VAWA Self-Petition or U-Visa process.
The Domestic Violence Assistance Program provides free civil legal assistance to victims of domestic violence.
The Pro Bono Project provides pro bono (free) civil legal services for eligible low-income* individuals and families. VARN does not provide assistance in criminal matters. The Pro Bono Project provides assistance in civil legal matters by matching qualifying individuals with an attorney who will not charge for legal services.
The Lawyer in the Lobby program offers free 10-15 minute consultations with a licensed volunteer attorney. You will be able to speak to an attorney for a limited time, at no cost to you, concerning your legal problem.