WELCOME

Welcome to AVA's online website. 

The mission of AVA is to empower those victimized by abuse and/or violence through advocacy and crisis intervention and to raise awareness in the community about the cause, impact, and prevention of relationship abuse, sexual violence, bullying, and child abuse and neglect. 
The Family Advocacy Program supports and promotes volunteer advocacy to protect the best interests of children in the Child Welfare System in Humboldt, Pershing, and Lander Counties in Nevada.

Don't be a victim, become a survivor!


In a first-ever collaboration of its kind in Nevada, AVA and the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) have entered into a collaborative agreement to establish the Family Advocacy Program for Humboldt and Lander Counties!


The Family Advocacy Program is to enable AVA to provide volunteers as requested by DCFS to assist in providing an array of services to support youths and families who are involved in the Child Welfare System.
Want to help make a difference in a child’s life? Help victims become survivors? Be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves? We need you!


Did you know there are FREE parenting classes in Nevada?  You can take them online, anytime. Earn required hours and learn! Many, many topics to choose from and more are always being added.  Visit: www.qpinevada.org  


Want to help make a difference in a child’s life? Help victims become survivors? Be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves? We need you!


Seeking male and female volunteers in all areas: from crisis intervention, advocacy, board members (4 hours a year minimum commitment), outreach awareness, writing, etc. For some, you don't even need to be local- only a desire to help and Care!  Training is done locally and much of it is done when you can fit it into your schedule.  Hours are flexible!


To be eligible, volunteers must be:

• Age 21 or over (depending on type of volunteering sought. Please see below for examples. Other AVA programs accepts volunteers 13 or older).
• Submit to state and federal background checks, Central Registry Screening for Child Abuse, and fingerprinting.
• Must not have been convicted of a DUI in the past 5 years or fined for used of a cellular or mobile device while driving within the past 3 years.
• Must adhere to strict confidentiality rules and laws and follow all mandatory reporting requirements for Nevada.
• 3 references (must not be related to you).
• Must be able to effectively communicate via written and oral communication, be familiar with email and basic computer skills.
• 25 hours of pre-service training is required, some of which can be done via independent study. 12 hours training annually is required. Some recent training in the required areas may be used for pre-service training hours. Proof of training must be provided.
• Volunteer schedule is extremely flexible- YOU tell US when you can volunteer and what type of volunteering you feel comfortable with! A minimum of 3 hours a month is requested.

If someone would like to volunteer but does not meet all these requirements, it does not automatically exclude you from volunteering! There is an array of volunteering that may be done with AVA. In order to work with clients as a Family and Youth Advocate, all the above standards must be met, with the exception of our Teen Crisis Program, where age requirements are 13 and older.
Other ways to volunteer is to assist with outreach awareness, grant writing, social media and other forms of public relations, crisis intervention, bullying and bystander intervention, teen advocacy, fundraising, administrative assistance. Volunteers fluent in Spanish are very much needed!


Applications can be found on our website at
www.Humboldtava.com or we can email one to you (our email is Humboldtava@sbcglobal.net).

Help make a difference in a life!
Remember: there's no such thing as "too little help"! Even an hour a month can help make a world of difference!











 For current news and how to get involved, please click on the "News" and other links on the right.

Advocates for Victims of Abuse (AVA) for the prevention, education, and advocacy against relationship abuse, sexual violence, bullying, and child abuse and neglect in Humboldt County, Winnemucca, NV.

We collaborate with community agencies and organizations to raise awareness and education about relationship abuse and sexual violence, prevention, and what to do in case of a sexual assault. We also provide referrals and resources to local and statewide agencies and programs that can assist the survivors of relationship abuse and sexual violence and their loved ones affected by the trauma.

We provide on-call advocacy for relationship abuse and sexual assault support services, with trained advocates in crisis intervention and support services.

The mission of AVA is to empower those victimized by abuse and/or violence through advocacy and crisis intervention and to raise awareness in the community about the cause, impact, and prevention of relationship abuse, sexual violence, child abuse and neglect, and bullying.
The Family Advocacy Program supports and promotes volunteer advocacy to protect the best interests of children in the Child Welfare System in Humboldt and Lander Counties in Nevada.

Don't be a victim, become a survivor!


Contact Information:
Mailing Address: 
Humboldt AVA
26 Twyila Court
Winnemucca, NV 89445
Phone: 775-623-2328, 775-304-3377 or 775-722-4564
E-Mail: humboldtava@sbcglobal.net
Website: http://www.humboldtava.com/

Nevada Sex Offender Registry Search
http://www.nvsexoffenders.gov/Search.aspx





 




Winnemucca Junior High School Youths Support Local Foster Children!

Winnemucca Junior High School Youths Decorate Sweet Cases From Together We Rise To Support Local Foster Children!







Over this school year, students from Winnemucca Junior High School have been working to decorate and gather supplies for Sweet Cases to support children in foster care in Humboldt County. The bags were provided by Humboldt AVA through Together We Rise.  Students donated their lunch time and other free time to design and paint the bags.  8th grade student Emma Ricker took additional initiative to organize and create small hygiene kits to include with the Sweet Cases.The bags and accessories will be donated to children in foster care.



Students who participated in this project included Skyla Custis, Ashley Fahrenbruch,   Brittney Gotchal, Sequoyah Hanks (not pictured). Taylor Henigin (not pictured),  Tara Higley, David Hunter, Molly Kuhn, Morgan Meierholtz, Emma Ricker, Raquel Roederer, Kaylie Shafer, Desire Smith, Brooke Woodward, Crystal Wiggins, and Elise Zimmerman

Much gratitude to all the youths, educators, and faculty that assisted with this project!  There is nothing better than seeing youths paying it forward to help others, and in this case, fellow youths and children.



May we all learn from this and to always remember, "The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well."
— Ralph Waldo Emerson





Thank you, ALL of you, for making a difference in the lives of others!





Left to Right



Back row: Janet Kennedy, Brooke Woodward, Kaylie Shafer, Desire Smith, Crystal Wiggins, Molly Kuhn, Raquel Roederer, Morgan Meierholtz


Front row: David Hunter, Emma Ricker, Elise Zimmerman, Brittney Gotchal, Tara Higley, Skyla Custis, Ashley Fahrenbruch







“I don’t want to live in the kind of world where we don’t look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I cant change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit.”
– Charles de Lint

May is National Foster Care Awareness and Appreciation Month! Celebrating in Winnemucca, NV and everywhere!









Foster Care: Fostering Hope.  Change a Lifetime!


May is National Foster Care Month, when we pay special attention to the more than 400,000 children and youth in foster care. There is an overwhelming need for individuals, families, and communities to become involved as foster parents, respite providers, volunteers, or mentors of children who need an adult role model.


According to the most recent federal data, there are currently more than 400,000 children in foster care in the United States. They range in age from infants to 21 years old (in some states). The average age of a child in foster care is more than 8 years old, and there are slightly more boys than girls.


Children and youth enter foster care because they have been abused, neglected, or abandoned by their parents or guardians. All of these children have experienced loss and some form of trauma. In other ways, foster children are no different from children who are not in foster care: they are learning and growing, like to play and hang out with friends their age, and need the love and stability a permanent home provides.

The median amount of time that a child spends in foster care is just over a year. More than half of the children in foster care will be reunified with their parents or primary caregivers, and nearly one-quarter will be adopted, many by their foster parents.
Each year, approximately 20,000 youth will age out of the foster care system when they turn 18 or 21, or when they finish high school (depending upon the state in which they live.) These children are at increased risk of poor educational outcomes, experiencing homelessness, and being unemployed.


In Nevada, the requirements for being a foster parent:  You can be single or married, over the age of 21, and have a clear criminal record (this can be discussed with your licensing worker).  The rest is an assortment of application documents that must be completed and acquired, such as your DMV driving record, a physical and TB test. Foster families must be willing to have their homes safety inspected and are required to complete 27 hours of pre-certification training and maintain 4 hours of training annually.

Foster parents must have sufficient regular income to sustain their family without relying on the foster family reimbursement. (Unfortunately, AFDC, temporary disability, student loans and unemployment compensation do not qualify as income.)
Can single people apply to be foster parents?  Yes! Single parents can give high quality care to a child. Single parents need to identify a back-up provider who can care for your foster children in your absence or illness, as foster children require 24-hour adult supervision.

What are the requirements for transporting children?
Foster parents are responsible for transporting foster children to school, doctor appointments, after-school activities, etc., just as they are for their own children all vehicles must be in good running order and there must be enough seats, seatbelts, car seats and infant car seats available for the family. In addition, it is required that parents have a valid Nevada Driver’s license, current auto insurance and the ability to drive.

Will I meet the child before he/she is placed in my home?
The referring social worker is usually working with tight time constraints and therefore “pre-placement visits” are generally not feasible. We will give you all the information about the child initially and as it is received. You will need to be prepared to make a decision about fostering a particular child based solely on information we give you over the phone.

Will I get to choose the age and/or sex of the child placed in my home?
As part of the application and home study you will identify the age and sex of child or children that would be most appropriate for your home.

Once I am certified, how long will it take to get a foster child placed in my home?
The timing of placements depends on the situation of the foster children in the foster system. We match children to available homes based on the child’s needs, your criteria (age, sex, siblings, etc.) and the criteria of the placing social worker. Placements may be made within a couple days of being licensed or can take several months.

For information about becoming a Foster Parent in Carson City and the Rural Counties call Lori Nichols, LSW , Foster Care Recruitment (775) 684-1967 or (888) 423-2659 (Toll Free inside Nevada) or email: lnichols@dcfs.nv.gov  For more information, please visit A Child’s Journey Home at www.achildsjourneyhome.com  

I want to help but I do not think I can be a foster parent.  No problem!  There are numerous ways to get involved and make a difference in a child’s life! You can sponsor a child, you can grant a wish through One Simple Wish: https://www.onesimplewish.org/ , https://www.casey.org/ways-help/ or for more ideas, please visit http://www.fostercoalition.com/help-foster-children 


In Humboldt, Lander and Pershing Counties, you can volunteer with our Family Advocacy Program, which is a collaborative program between Humboldt AVA and DCFS to provide a volunteer advocate for children in the Child Welfare System in our counties.  For more information and to apply, please visit: www.humboldtava.com 

*Much thanks to Lori Nichols at A Child’s Journey Home, https://www.childwelfare.govhttps://www.childwelfare.gov  and http://www.fostercoalition.comhttp://www.fostercoalition.com for providing this information.

**Special thanks to the wonderful foster and kinship families we are very lucky to have in our community who welcome a child into their home and hearts!  To all those who are not afraid to grieve because the risk is higher not knowing what will happen to the children if no one is there to love them.



Fantastic Fundraiser to Benefit Humboldt AVA June 4!

Refreshments will be provided!  Lots of FANTASTIC gifts for yourself and loved ones to choose from!!
Love Books?  Love Clothes?  
 Love helping local charities while doing a little shopping?  
COME SEE US JUNE 4TH!!!!!!!!!!!


NAMI in Winnemucca, NV May 15!!!!