The Memorial Day weekend is usually thought of as the unofficial summer kick-off. Generally, this is also a popular weekend for swimming pools to open for the season as well as the start of other outdoor water activities.
Please take a moment to visit http://sncdpc.org/watersafetymemorialday/ and review the water safety tips that Southern Nevada Child Drowning Prevention Coalition have compiled and remember the three steps of Drowning Prevention:
The rapper named Logic released a new single last month titled “1-800-273-8255”. The song features Alessia Cara and Khalid and it shares a story of an individual in crisis who finds help. It also encourages fans in crisis to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for support. Logic explained the sentiment behind his sobering new song, “Over the years, so many of you guys have told me that my music has helped you through so many tough times. Many of you have told me it even saved your life. I’m beyond humbled. But I felt I haven’t done enough. I felt compelled to make a song that could actually help you. I made this song for all of you who are in a dark place and can’t seem to find the light.”
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
For more information please visit:
suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ or call 1-800-273-8255
You can also visit: bit.ly/DCFSSuicidePrevInfo
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the theme for 2017 is "Building Community, Building Hope". The work at DCFS is centered around building strong communities through strengthening families and this is why we participated in several Child Abuse Prevention activities.
Governor Sandoval issued a Proclamation which can be viewed here.
Administrators and staff went to the Nevada Legislative Building to plant pinwheels.
The pinwheel brings to mind the joys of childhood and, therefore, they represent the great childhoods we want for children.
Pinwheel planting also occurred at the DCFS Central Office. It served as a great reminder for us to always think of the children that we serve in our community.
Finally, our Systems Advocate Unit was at the Legislative Building on April 12th with information to pass out that concerned the safety of children.
Get involved to strengthen your community!
Meet and greet your neighbors.
Go to a parents' meeting at your child's school.
Set up a playgroup in your community.
Organize a community event.
Attend local government meetings
A strong community has a great influence in families' lives!
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
NAMI Basics is a free educational program designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties.
For more information, please see the attached flyers.
There are more than 4,300 Nevada children in foster care and 670 of those children are waiting to be adopted. The majority of those children are over the age of 10 or are part of a sibling group that needs to be adopted together.
Have you ever considered adopting an older child? Have you considered opening your home and heart to a child in need? November is National Adoption Awareness Month and the perfect time to consider what you can do to help the children that are waiting.
You don’t have to be rich or be the “perfect” parent to adopt. You don’t need a fancy house or car. What you do need is an open mind and an open heart. Individuals interested in adopting do need to complete an approval process that includes standard background check, completion of a training course and a home study.
Older children often age out of the foster care system when they turn 18. Children that age out of the foster care system rather than being adopted are at increased risk of poor educational outcomes, experiencing homelessness and being underemployed. Older children need families, too!
No one is ever to old to need a family.
As you prepare with your little ones on the yearly tradition of Halloween, you should not only worry about costumes and candy but on how to keep your children safe while trick or treating.Did You Know?The most dangerous day of the year for child pedestrians* is Halloween
On average, over two times as many child pedestrians die on Halloween compared to other days
Average Deaths Per Day (Laxton, 2012; Sperling, 2012)
Other Days: 2.6
Halloween Safety TipsCostumes should be made of fireproof fabric and include reflectors and bright colors
Costumes should not obstruct vision or movement
Bring flashlights or glow sticks to increase visibility
Adults should accompany children under 12. Children over 12 should go in groups and stick to familiar areas
Always cross at street corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks
Look left-right-left when crossing and keep eye contact with drivers to make sure they see you
Watch out for cars backing out of driveways
Have a safe and happy Halloween!*A child pedestrian is defined as a pedestrian under 18 for the purposes of this infographic
NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK AND WALK IN MEMORY, WALK FOR HOPE 10th ANNIVERSARY - SEPTEMBER 10, 2016
DCFS JOINS WITH SISTER AGENCY PUBLIC AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH FOR NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK AND WALK IN MEMORY, WALK FOR HOPE 10th ANNIVERSARY CONNECTING PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES TO HELP AND HOPE
Suicide Prevention Week for 2016 is set for September 5th through 11th. Nevada ranks 5th in the nation in its rate of suicide deaths.
Suicide is the 8th leading cause of death in Nevada and the 10th leading cause of death in the United States with one suicide occurring on average every 12.3 minutes.
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among Nevadans 15 to 34-year-olds.
Approximately 1,069,325 American attempt suicide each year. That equals an attempt every 30 seconds. It is estimated that five million living Americans have attempted to kill themselves.
Every year in the United States, more than 21,000 men and women kill themselves with a gun; two-thirds more than the number who use a gun to kill another person.
The 10th Annual “Walk in Memory, Walk for Hope” will take place on September 10, 2016, in 14 different communities across the state. The goal of the event is to increase awareness of the devastating effects suicide has on our nation and state, and to remember those who have been lost to suicide. The event is sponsored by the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention with support from the Nevada Office of Suicide Prevention and the various community coalitions. Together we can reduce the number of families and communities impacted by a needless and tragic death.
Most of the community walk events are opening registration at 8:00 am. You can register online or download a printable registration form. For more information on each individual site, please visit the website at www.nvsuicideprevention.org. For more information on suicide prevention, including information on learning the signs of suicidal behavior go to www.suicideprevention.nv.gov. If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). To organize a Walk in your community or to take part in one of the walks, contact the Nevada Office of Suicide Prevention in Northern Nevada at (775) 687-0856, or in Southern Nevada at (702) 486-8225.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 5, 2016
Contact: Karla Navarro, Social Services Chief, DCFS
(775) 684-4453; firstname.lastname@example.org
NEVADA YOUTH TRAINING CENTER
CELEBRATES ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SERVICE
Carson City--The Nevada Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) Administrator, Kelly Wooldridge, will join with legislators, judges, commissioners, and other dignitaries at the official One Hundred Year Anniversary Celebration of Nevada Youth Training Center (NYTC).
NYTC first opened its doors on June 15, 1915, as the Nevada School of Industry, for the reception of recalcitrant boys. Over the past hundred years, thousands of young men have been provided with opportunities and tools to change their behavior, gain a viable and meaningful education and become successful and productive citizens. Today, NYTC serves males between the ages of 12 to 18 with a capacity to serve 60 youth.
Ms. Wooldridge would like to extend the invitation to former employees of NYTC, Elko community members and others interested to join us in the celebration from 12:15 pm to 4:30 pm for the welcoming ceremony, and guided tours of the facility. Please RSVP your attendance by contacting DCFS at 775-684-4413 or emailing email@example.com as all attendees will have to check in upon arrival.
WHEN: Wednesday August 17, 2016, 12:15pm
WHERE: Nevada Youth Training Center, 100 Youth Center Road, Elko, NV 89801
RSVP: Call DCFS at 775-684-4413 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by August 10, 2016
Click here for more information about NYTC and other Division of Child and Family Services Juvenile Justice programs.
In 2016, 21 kids have died from being left in hot cars
A parents worst nightmare is a child passing away and even worse is if the child dies because of something you did OR didn't do! Children dying of heatstroke in hot cars is something that occurs every year and is 100% preventable.
You may be asking, how does this happen, how can a parent forget their child in the car, or why would a parent leave their child in the car. Sometimes the parent may have forgotten that the child is in the vehicle with them, the child may have fallen asleep and there was no sound to remind the parent that they are in the car, or no visual clues like seeing the baby's head peek over the rear facing car seat. Then there are those times when the child is asleep and the parent thinks - Oh I'll just let them nap and run into the store real fast.
What isn't realized is how quickly the heat rises in cars and how children's body's do not have the mechanisms to help them cool off quickly.
DCFS would like to provide some helpful tips to prevent a tragedy like this from happening to you.
7 Ways to Not Forget Your Child
"We all spend a great deal of time and money to childproof our home," says Janette Fennell, founder and president of KidsAndCars.org. "We need to childproof our car with the same care." She advises taking multiple steps to make sure you always remember your child in the car:
1. Be extra alert if your routine changes. That's when the risk of unintentionally leaving your child in your car increases.
2. Put something of your child's, like a toy, on the front seat.
3. Leave an item you'll need at your next destination in the backseat -- like your cell phone, purse, or briefcase.
4. Place your child's car sear in the middle of the backseat rather than behind the driver. It's easier to see the kid.
5. It's crucial to set up a system with your child-care provider. If you don't plan to drop off your child that day, call her. If the child doesn't arrive as expected, have the caregiver call you.
6. Discuss the topic of hot-car deaths with every person who drives your child anywhere. This includes partners, grandparents, and babysitters.
7. Always "Look Before You Lock." Get in the habit of checking the backseat every time you get out of the car.
Hotter Than You Realize
This is how quickly the temperature inside a vehicle rises on a 70°F day, based on research by Jan Null, department of earth and climate sciences, San Francisco State University. Null also found that keeping the windows open slightly had little effect and that car interiors with darker colors heat up faster.
After 10 minutes = 89°F
After 20 minutes = 99°F
After 30 minutes = 104°F
After 60 minutes = 113°F
After 2 hours = 120°F
If you see any child in a car seat alone in a car, call 911. Not only is it incredibly dangerous; it's illegal. Leaving a child younger than seven years old alone in your car is a misdemeanor in the state of Nevada.
For more information please visit www.kidsandcars.org