In Pending Child Welfare Legislation

A double-sided printed flyer (Issue #21) distributed at Family Court and electronically to the Nevada Legislature on Mar. 19, 2007.

Available here as a PDF File (98k). (Requires Adobe Acrobat or equivalent, already installed on most computers. For authenticity, the newsletter should be printed on canary (yellow) paper. If you are unable to read the PDF file, here is the newsletter as graphic files.)

Related Links & Notes

  • Also see our other Newsletters. (Four of our prior newsletters concern the Legislature.)

  • Opposing Testimony Suppressed at State Assembly Hearing - Includes audio of the testimony of activist Glenn Campbell (interupted by the chair after two minutes) and DFS director Tom Morton (8 minutes). There are also some additional points here in opposition to AB147.

  • Our Reference Page for AB147

  • If you Google for Assemblywoman Susan Garhardt, you'll see the gift we left her (coming soon for other committee members).

  • Wikipedia entry for "Groupthink"
    • Groupthink is a type of thought exhibited by group members who try to minimize conflict and reach consensus without critically testing, analyzing, and evaluating ideas. Groupthink may cause groups to make hasty, irrational decisions, where individual doubts are set aside, for fear of upsetting the groupís balance. The term is usually used as a derogatory term after the results of a bad decision.

  • The Youth Law Center, which made a presentation at the hearing, should not be confused with the National Center for Youth Law, across the bay in Oakland. They are competitors! Both of them threatened to sue the county, but the National Center got there first and is the one who is suing the county now. Although both of these law firms are "nonprofit," suing may not be purely a humanitarian effort. In the end, legal fees will probably be awarded, and only the National Center will collect.
  • NOTE: When we use the term "foster care" in the newsletter, we are referring collectively to both long-term foster care and short term home placements (which are called "shelter homes" by the agency). Although these programs are administered separately, we see them as drawing on the same pool of available foster parents. Any increased demand for shelter homes is going to impact the quantity and quality of available long-term homes.
  • The support of the ACLU for this bill may seem a little less strange when we note that Barbara Buckley, Assembly Speaker and an architect of this bill, is married to the ACLU. Her husband, Chan Kendrick, is a former director of ACLU chapters in Virginia, Tennessee and Nevada.

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