Douglas County district judges Michael Gibbons and Tod Young recently attended a two-day summit hosted by the Nevada Supreme Court on child safety.
Participants included representatives of the state’s 10 judicial districts.
Deputy District Attorney Justina Caviglia, Court-Appointed Special Advocate Coordinator Linda Cuddy and CASA volunteer Cathy Garrison also represented Douglas County.
The Nevada Division of Child and Family Services recently implemented new policies and procedures to handle cases where children are in need of protection from abuse or abandonment.
“Our court handles these cases every week and it is important that all of us remain current on the law and the state process so that we may best protect these children,” Gibbons said.
The program focused on child safety and elements of decision-making in child welfare cases.
“Resources available for the protection of abused and neglected children are stretched thin. We have only one foster home in all of Douglas County to place children who need a safe haven,” Young said. “There are other foster homes throughout the state, but that means that these victimized children often have to change schools and be moved far from their friends and home.”
The judges expressed their appreciation that representatives attended from the district attorney’s office and CASA.
“Their input was very valuable,” Young said. “Especially Ms. Garrison, who spent two days of her own time focusing on the process of protecting the children of this community. It is volunteers like Cathy who make Douglas County such a wonderful place to live.”