Our history began in the mid 1980s when a local businessman, Michael Dermody, sought to create a high-level “Cabinet” of public officials and business leaders to address the needs of children in the community. A cross section of community leaders, representing local and state government, judiciary, child and family services, juvenile services, and social services dedicated their time and expertise to this endeavor.
As a result of the commitment of these leaders, The Children’s Cabinet, Inc., was established in December 1985, as a private non-profit organization with the mission of creating a lasting public-private partnership to address the needs of children and families in our community. This unique commitment to public-private partnerships provides a foundation for the Cabinet’s organizational strength. The Cabinet is able to respond quickly to the changing needs of the community and to bring about true collaboration in the delivery of service. Today, the Cabinet serves more than 11,000 Nevada families each year.
During its history, The Cabinet has successfully brought diverse groups “to the table” to look at the issues facing children and families and to develop innovative responses to meet those needs. The Children’s Cabinet has developed a number of programs over the years, including Parenting Education, Family Counseling, Reach for the Academic Difference Tutoring and Truancy Prevention. The Cabinet has also started and spun off several successful programs, including the Adolescent Health Clinic, The Nevada Public Health Foundation, and Join Together. These programs are now either run by public agencies or are their own private, non-profit organizations.