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SAFY of NV Special Friends Newsletter: April 2014, Issue #4 Vol. 2


Specialized Alternatives for Families & Youth


Issue: #4

April 2014




In This Issue

Mandating Reporting

Art Auction


April Shout Outs








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Preserving Families. Securing Futures.         






Help SAFY of NV take a stand against Child Abuse, by wearing blue on April 9th!





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Melinda Rhodes,

LCSW, Treatment Director of Clinical Services and Leslie Hansen, MSW, CSW Intern


 Child Abuse affects thousands of children each year. It is our responsibility to be the voice for our children. As caseworkers, therapists, foster parents, clergy and professionals we have taken an oath to protect and report if we suspect a child is being abused or neglected. Many times people will ignore and not want to be involved, that is not an option. Not reporting abuse or neglect is punishable by law and a person can serve prison time and large fines if found guilty. If you suspect someone  abusing or neglecting a child and you are unsure, please discuss with your supervisor, pastor or colleague, seek advice, don’t ignore it! To prevent, we have to speak. Below are some guidelines to help you determine if you need to call Child Protective Services.


·  What do we report?


ANYTHING that we think is abuse.  


In Nevada, abuse or neglect of a child means physical and mental non-accidental injury; sexual abuse or sexual exploitation; or negligent treatment or maltreatment of a child under age of 18 caused or allowed by a person responsible for his welfare.


·  When do we report it?

NOW…even if it’s something that happened in the past.

Example: If a foster parent just received a new placement and after a month, the child started to discuss with the foster parent that he or she was sexually abused three months ago, you MUSTreport it. There is no limitation of time.


Child Protective Services(CPS) 702-399-0081 has a quick and easy online reporting system so you don’t have to wait on hold.

Please click on the link below and save it in your favorites.



For more reading on Preventing Child Abuse, please click on the link below and receive your FREE Child Welfare Information Gateway Booklet! 

Understanding Child Abuse










You’re Invited!

SAFY Art Auction and Foster Parent Recruitment Party!


When: April 18th-10am to 12pm 

Where: SAFY Office

Why: To raise money for kids

Who’s Invited: SAFY Parents, Special Friends, Anyone!


We need your support!

Our kids have taken time out to paint in hopes of raising money for a special trip!

Bring a friend who is interested in foster care, receive SAFY swag!

Light refreshments will be provided!


The above paintings are just some that will be featured on April 18th!


Please RSVP with Kristina Weckesser, Recruiter-385-5331 or weckesserk@safy.org



FAAYT(Foster and Adoptive Youth Together) Is a support group made up of current and former foster youth ages 13-21.




SAFY News!


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It is FREE for the public to attend from 12pm to 4pm. SAFY hopes to see you there! 

Click Here for Flyer! 


SAFY of NV families and staff is spending a day volunteering onApril 12th at The Center, to celebrate their 20 years helping the community. SAFY of NV will be providing child friendly games and face painting to families. This a FREE event from 10am to 3pm at 401 S. Maryland Parkway.

Click Here for Flyer


SAFY of NV is looking forward to meeting the Centennial Hills Hospital staff on April 16th! The sweet staff at the hospital has chosen SAFY of NV to receive Easter baskets. Look for pictures in May!




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TCMI Church: for donating cases of juice boxes, soda and treats to our foster parents and children during a SAFY meeting!


Pat S.: for donating a brand new outdoor play center for one of our foster parents!


Teresa K.: for donating cases of shampoo, conditioner, soap and toothbrushes!


U-Haul: Rancho & Jones: for donating a FREE rental truck to help SAFY move furniture!


Paseo Verde Henderson Library: For allowing SAFY to have a recruitment booth! 


Thank you so much for always thinking about our children!





SAFY of Nevada  4285 N. Rancho Rd. Ste.130 Las Vegas NV 89130

(702)385-5331  www.safy.org





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