About Children’s Foundation of Las Vegas
Formerly the CASA Foundation of Las Vegas
The CASA Foundation of Las Vegas was established in June 1983. Over the years, the Foundation added another component to their mission and that is to address the children’s special and other needs not provided for through other means. This includes items such as medical needs, transportation costs for visits with family members, summer camp, sports, music lessons, and tutoring. The Children’s Foundation of Las Vegas, formerly the CASA Foundation, is committed to making a difference in the lives of children 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 youth in care not only feel different and separate from their peers, they 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 and other experiences.
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
The Problem: An Overwhelmed System.
- 75% of children in foster care perform below 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 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.
Your support will provide a safer atmosphere for children in need.
History of the Children's Foundation of Las Vegas
Up until 2022, The Children's Foundation of Las Vegas, formerly known as the CASA Foundation, was established in 1983. Our mission is to identify and fund the unmet needs of abused and neglected children who are in or have been in foster care in Clark County, NV. New Name, Same Heart.