Nevada

2015

Clark County, Nevada hosted its 4th Annual Night of Stars Family Reunification Dinner event on Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 6-8:30pm at Three Square located at 4220 N. Pecos Road. Clark County honored four families who overcame life’s challenges and achieved their ultimate goal: reunifying their families. Each of the families were treated to a special dinner prepared by Three Square’s chef. Throughout the evening, the families received various prizes, gifts, and a family portrait.

Caseworkers, judges, attorneys, and community partners were on hand to help the Clark County Department of Family Services celebrate this wonderful occasion. 

2013

Clark County

Family preservation and reunification are the primary goals of the Clark County Department of Family Services (DFS) when working with families in crisis. Last year, more than 1,200 children were reunified with their families and celebrated at a special dinner. On June 20, 2013, DFS, in collaboration with many community partners, will again honor and celebrate our families that have successfully reunified. The event will take place at Three Square from 6pm to 8pm. Families will enjoy a gourmet buffet-style dinner, listen to special guest speakers, receive generous gifts from various organizations and have their pictures taken to commemorate the beautiful evening!

For more information contact: Samantha Charles syc@clarkcountynv.gov

2012

Clark County

Clark County, Nevada hosted “A Night of Stars,” a dinner and program recognizing families that have been reunified and their supporters. The event included a professional photographer to take family portraits, separate children’s activities including games, crafts and a caricature artist. This took place on June 25, 2012 at the Pearson Community Center.

For more information about the reunification celebration, please contact Christine Skorupski.

Washoe County
Washoe County hosted its first annual Reunification Day on June 17, 2010. This event was a collaborative effort with Washoe County Social Services, the Public Defenders Office, and the Family Courts. There were two key elements of the day. One was to launch a display of butterflies (representing renewed life) in the downtown store windows near the social services and court offices. Washoe County’s foster youth advisory board, local Girl Scout Troops, and youth at the art museum school created butterflies that represent each child reunified through court closure, with signage to explain the displays. Secondly, there was a celebration in the afternoon. During the celebration, the Board of County Commissioners Proclamation for Reunification Day was shared and key people in the courts and social services spoke in celebration of reunifying families. The butterflies were to remain in the windows until the end of June 2010.

This event/activity supplements the already developing elements of celebrating reunification in an ongoing manner through providing Reunification Certificates for reuniting families, giving families professional family photographs at the time of their reunification, and posting the monthly reunification numbers and pictures of reunifying families on each floor of the social services department to motivate staff. Organizers realize that not only do families need to be acknowledged and celebrated, but staff needs the message and motivation that celebrating reunification provides them.

For more information about the reunification celebration, please contact Binnie McLemore-Lopez.