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Fact Sheet for Permanency Workers

What is DREAMR?

A demonstration project funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau for collaboration between Clark County Department of Family Services and community partners to provide services to current and former foster youth to help build healthy, positive and supportive relationships and prevent pregnancy.

Why DREAMR?

  • Nevada’s teen birth rates are the second highest nationally.
  • 25% of Nevada’s teen pregnancies occur in Clark County.
  • As of June 30, 2011 there were 99 pregnant or parenting youth in foster care.
  • Of the foster youth who are currently pregnant or parenting,
  • 16% have been substantiated for child abuse/neglect,
  • 47% are not in school (or dropped out),
  • 14% have an open case with juvenile justice,
  • 24% are receiving mental health services,
  • 10% are receiving substance abuse counseling
  • 61% report financial and housing difficulties.

Who is DREAMR for?

  • Current or former foster youth between 12 and 20.
  • Youth do not have to be pregnant or a parent to participate in DREAMR

What do youth receive if  enrolled in the treatment group in DREAMR?

  • Mentor (Big Brother Big Sister) from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada (only available for youth under 18 and who are not pregnant or parenting)
  • Be Proud Be Responsible Class from Southern Nevada Health District
  • 3-5-7 Model provided by DREAMR youth specialists
  • Cellphone to stay in touch with team
  • If pregnant or parenting, a nurturing parenting program
  • DREAMR services for 1 year

What’s in it for Permanency Workers?

  • Reduced stress
  • Transportation services provided by DREAMR Youth Specialist
  • Support in meeting needs of youth on caseload
  • Automatic referrals for DREAMR services

Who are the Community Partners?

  • SAFY
  • Olive Crest
  • Southern Nevada Health District
  • UNLV – The Lincy Institute
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada
  • Clark County Department of Family Services
  • Darla Henry & Associates, The 3-5-7 Model.
  • Children’s Bureau