Crowding at Clark County’s emergency shelter for abused and neglected children isn’t driven solely by a growing number of youths in crisis.
Children who have been safely placed in foster care are also swelling the ranks, with foster parents dropping off their charges at Child Haven without advance notice to the Department of Family Services, as is required.
“No notice” was provided for 78 children left at Child Haven by foster caregivers between January and May, according to statistics compiled by a Clark County Department of Family Services group investigating the issue.
Forty-eight instances were “excusable,” 20 drop-offs had “no discernible reason,” and in 10 cases, foster parents were unable to secure respite care for the child involved, according to the group’s June 24 meeting minutes.
The trend concerns Ali Caliendo, a foster mother who co-leads the Child Welfare Workgroup under the Quality Parenting Initiative.