Family Support Services

About

Family Support Services (FSS) assists students and their families to overcome life challenges by providing wrap around services. FSS provides family assessments and individual , group and family counseling. Advocate for students educational , emotional and health needs. Connect families with community resources.

Mission

To provide traditional and innovative services for at-risk individuals. To assist them in developing the skills they need to fulfill their life goals academically and personally.

Vision

To assist The Center’s participants overcome personal and academic obstacles to meet their life goals.

Emergency Contacts

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

  • For situations that require the police, but do not require immediate police response please call the non-emergency number: 3-1-1 or 702-828-3111

Crisis Hotlines

Goals

The goals of the Family Support Services division are to:

  • Provide individual and family counseling, wrap-around services to The Center’s participants who are referred to FSS.
  • Educate families through workshops, role modeling, mentoring, and referrals to resources to assist individuals and families in overcoming life’s challenges.
  • Engage families in becoming actively involved in their child’s education, and their community.
  • Collaborate with schools, community agencies, and other center programs to meet the needs of the individual and the family.

Values

FSS is committed to:

  • Adhere to human services professional work values and ethics as outlined in the professional code of ethics
  • Comply and adhere to laws and policies pertaining to human resources professional practices and processes
  • Promote the dignity and self-worth of all people
  • Promote and model integrity and respect
  • Promote cultural and ethnic diversity
  • Enhance human well-being to help meet the basic needs of clients
  • Empower clients who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty
  • Empower and equip individuals and families to become actively involved in the lives of their children and in the community
  • Equip individuals in order to promote personal and academic success
  • Promote social justice and social change with and on behalf of the clients
  • Collaborate with all departments and entities affiliated with The Center in order to provide human services to those individuals in need
  • Encourage academic success in all individuals participating in a CAEO program

Director

The Family Support Services Director is Dr. Esther Jones Langston, Ph.D., LCSW, ACSW, and Director/Professor Emeritus School of Social Work at UNLV. Dr. Langston has more than 50 years of social work education and practice. All FSS staff work under the direct supervision of Dr. Langston. As a division of The Center, all services offered through FSS are free of charge.

Services

FSS Services

Family Support Services (FSS) is a division of The Center of Academic Enrichment and Outreach (“The Center”). The services provided by FSS staff are designed to meet the unique challenges in the participants’ lives in order to strengthen family units, improve school attendance, and decrease inappropriate behaviors in the school environment.

FSS is designed to assist individuals and their families overcome challenges in life by providing wrap-around (supportive) services. The program offers individual and family assessments, as well as individual, family and group counseling. Program staff members model effective parenting practices; advocate for participants’ overall health and well-being, and educational needs; connect families and individuals with community resources; and establish ongoing relationships with all of the necessary service providers.

Participants receive individualized services based on their needs and the needs of their families. Case management services provided by the staff of FSS include assisting in securing housing, arranging medical appointments, informing about domestic and sexual violence and social issues, kinship care, and referrals for needed services. Staff meet with students, families, and school personnel and assist participants in understanding the Clark County School District and/or Nevada System of Higher Education policies and procedures on attendance and school behaviors. To achieve these successes, students and families incorporate the intervention techniques provided by FSS staff within the family unit.

FSS Staff facilitate workshops on social skills, anger management, communication skills, conflict resolution, cultural awareness, decision-making skills, coping skills, suicide awareness, self-injury awareness, bullying, trauma informed care, grief and loss, and behavior modification.

Eligibility

FSS Eligibility

Any participant of The Center is eligible for FSS services. Please contact The Center staff members for your program to be referred for services.

Pre-College Programs

College Programs

Adult Programs

Resources

Clark County Social Service Office locations:

  • Pinto Lane Main Office
    • 1600 Pinto Lane Las Vegas, NV 89106
    • Phone: 702-455-4270
    • Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Community Resource Center Office
    • 2432 N. Martin Luther King Blvd #D Building 2 North Las Vegas, NV 89032
    • Phone: 702-455-4270
    • Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Cambridge Annex Office
    • 3885 S. Maryland Parkway Las Vegas, NV 89119
    • Phone: 702-455-4270
    • Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Henderson Office
    • 522 E. Lake Mead Parkway, Suite 4, Henderson, NV 89015
    • Phone: 702-455-4270
    • Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Fertitta Office
    • Located at the Catholic Charities Campus for the Homeless
    • 1501 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV, 89101
    • Phone: 702-455-4270
    • Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada

A community-based organization, supports and promotes activities directed at furthering the well-being, positive image, and human rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community, its allies, and low to moderate income residents in Southern Nevada.

  • The Center is located at 401 S Maryland Pkwy (between Charleston and Fremont)
  • Phone: 702-733-9800
  • Website

P-FLAG: Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

Many people don’t know where to turn when they discover a loved one is lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Others don’t know where to go when they want to learn ways to support their LGBTQ friends and family. P-FLAG can help. P-FLAG holds meetings the second Saturday of the month at 10 am.

  • Meetings are held at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada (401 S. Maryland Parkway)
  • Phone: 702-438-7838
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HELP of Southern Nevada

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Planned Parenthood in Southern Nevada

To speak with a Planned Parenthood staff member in Las Vegas, call 702-878-3622.

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US VETS

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Urban League

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