I-Team: Adoptions Pick Up Pace in December - 8 News NOW

I-Team: Adoptions Pick Up Pace in December

Posted: Updated:

LAS VEGAS -- December ended with a record number of adoptions in Clark County, with more than 100 children placed with permanent families.

In November, the county's Department of Family Services had completed 460 adoptions, far short of its annual goal of more than 800.

But rather than accept defeat, adoption workers and the courts joined forces to finalize 124 adoptions before the year ended.

Streamlining the adoption process is also a goal of a recently-formed committee appointed by the Eighth Judicial District Court.

Four family court judges, with input from community partners, are expected to examine the access to justice for those in the child welfare system, also known as the dependency court.

Specific issues include court case management, timeliness of trials and hearings and judicial resources.

Committee member and Judge Frank Sullivan said the court has yet to consistently achieve permanent homes for kids within 18 months, a best practice standard.

"The bottom line is, we have to get them done timelier, it's that simple," he said. "We're big, we have big volume, but we can't use that saying, ‘Well, that's too many.' That's unacceptable. We have to figure out what the problem is and how to fix it."

The committee plans to submit a report with recommendations by the end of February.

The state Supreme Court, particularly Justice Nancy Saitta, has also taken a strong interest in the issue.

She said she is keeping a close eye on the process to ensure that necessary improvements are made.

  • Las Vegas NewsLas Vegas NewsMore>>

  • Police investigate double stabbing

    Police investigate double stabbing

    Friday, April 18 2014 9:17 PM EDT2014-04-19 01:17:18 GMT
    Two people suffering stab wounds were rushed to the hospital Friday afternoon, Metro Police said.More>>
    Two people suffering stab wounds were rushed to the hospital Friday afternoon, Metro Police said.More>>
  • Street performers peeved over downtown bathroom ban

    Street performers peeved over downtown bathroom ban

    Friday, April 18 2014 9:48 PM EDT2014-04-19 01:48:54 GMT
    Street performers bring a lot of entertainment to the Fremont Street Experience, but some of their say they are being forced out of the area when it comes to taking a bathroom break.More>>
    Street performers bring a lot of entertainment to the Fremont Street Experience, but some of their say they are being forced out of the area when it comes to taking a bathroom break.More>>
  • Coroner's office identifies 2-year-old hit by car

    Coroner's office identifies 2-year-old hit by car

    Saturday, April 19 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-04-19 21:44:02 GMT
    The coroner's office has released the name of the little girl struck and killed by a car this week.More>>
    The coroner's office has released the name of the little girl struck and killed by a car this week.More>>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KLAS. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.