Across Nevada, unsafe safe sleep conditions are one of the leading causes of infant death. Unsafe sleep conditions can cause suffocation, entrapment, or strangulation by objects.
Per the American Academy of Pediatrics, the safest place for your baby to sleep is:
A. ALONE in their own crib with a firm mattress and tightly fitted sheet
B. On their BACK in a smoke-free environment.
C. In a CRIB
Prevention efforts are continuous in Nevada as unsafe sleep tragedies continue to frequently occur. Current efforts include 5 grocery stores in Nevada (1 grocery store in Rural Nevada, 2 in Washoe County and 2 in Clark County) which are placing the flyer above on grocery carts.
Always follow safe sleep ABC’s.
For more information, please visit: www.cribsforkids.org/.
The Division of Child and Family Services would like to express our concern for everyone in our community who has been affected by the tragic events that took place in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017.
Our sister agency, the Division of Public and Behavioral Health has information on their website with resources for the victims, their families and the general public about trauma and how to deal with trauma after an event like the one we just had. The Trauma Resources page will be updated regularly and have the most up to date information.
Resources for State Employees:
The State’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Please be advised that EAP is only available to State employees and family member who lives in their home.
Seeking assistance from your physician and checking with your insurance carriers to get counseling services that way as well.
Southern Nevada Resources:
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has a page with victim and family assistance resources https://www.lvmpd.com/en-us/Pages/LVRoute91FestivalShooting.aspx
Las Vegas Now posted crisis counseling services being offered in the Las Vegas area http://www.lasvegasnow.com/news/crisis-counseling-services-being-offered/823185877
Northern Nevada Resources:
In partnership with the Psychological Services Center at UNR, Safe Embrace is offering free crisis counseling and therapy services to those directly or indirectly affected by the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas.
Safe Embrace victim advocates and mental health professionals are available for victims who witnessed this violence first-hand, and those who experienced the injury or loss of a family member or friend in this senseless act. Advocates can also answer questions about the Victims of Crime program, assist with applications, and offer other supportive services.
Walk-ins may access these free services at 780 East Lincoln Way in Sparks between the hours of 9-5 Monday to Friday. Appointments may be made 24hrs a day by calling the Safe Embrace hotline at 775-324-3766.
General Trauma Resources:
If you child is experiencing difficulty processing the event, please contact Nevada Children's Mobile Crisis Response Team at 702+406-7865 or 775-688-1670.
We understand that everyone copes with traumatic events differently and symptoms of distress may appear before, during, and after such an event and may manifest in the hours, days, weeks, months, or even years after they occur. Learn more about warning signs and risk factors for emotional distress related to incidents of mass violence and other disasters.
More information will be posted on the DCFS social media accounts, if you haven’t done so already please like and follow us on Facebook Nevada DCFS, Nevada Children’s Mobile Crisis Response Team, and Twitter.
It only takes 10 minutes for a car to reach life-threatening temperatures on an 80 degree day. Please study this infographic from CSN (www.childrenssafetynetwork.org/infographics/heatstrokeinfographic) and make a pact with yourself and your family to NEVER leave a child unattended in a vehicle.
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
The Nevada Division of Child & Family Services
"Building Strong Communities Through Strengthening Families."