CASA of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties - Preview
5700 Broadmoor, Suite 201
Mission KS 66202
Contact Information
Address 5700 Broadmoor, Suite 201
Mission, KS 66202-
Telephone (913) 715-4040
Fax (913) 715-4030
Email lrice@casajwc.com
Web and Social Media
CASA Volunteer Betsy celebrates adoption day for her 3 CASA children.

 

 

Mission Statement
CASA empowers abused and neglected children with a volunteer’s voice in court by seeking a safe and permanent home for each child
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Lois Rice
Board Chair Mr. Jason Cole
Board Chair Company Affiliation VALIC - Financial Planner
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1985
Former Names
Johnson County CASA, Inc.
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $619,150
Projected Expenses $650,670
Statements
Mission Statement CASA empowers abused and neglected children with a volunteer’s voice in court by seeking a safe and permanent home for each child
Background Statement CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties serves children involved involuntarily in legal proceedings in each county's respective Judicial District Courts. Established in 1985, CASA began as a project of the Kansas City Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) to ease the burden of the overloaded court system by recruiting and training community volunteers to advocate for children involved in the court system due to abuse and/or neglect. CASA is a member of both the National and Kansas CASA Associations and is overseen by the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration. CASA staff recruit, screen, train and support the court advocate volunteers. These specially-trained community volunteers investigate each child's situation by meeting with all individuals who can provide information. They work to build a trusting bond with the child, while also providing an invaluable service to the legal system. Once factual information is gathered, CASA volunteers provide their findings to the court through a written report. This information helps judges make better, more informed decisions regarding the life of a child. In addition to abused and neglected children, CASAs advocate for children whose parents are embroiled in bitter divorce or custody disputes.
Impact Statement

Through October 2014, CASA has advocated for the best interests of 375 children, and will reach 435 by the end of 2014.  A total of 60 new child advocate volunteers completed the training curriculum, bringing the number of active advocates for abused and neglected children to 185 volunteers.  Program outcomes continue to demonstrate that foster children with a CASA are 50% less likely to languish in foster care and 50% more likely to grow up in a safe, permanent home. A Teen Advocate Program, implemented in 2013, is designed to improve advocacy and support provided to older foster youth.  CASA volunteers complete an additional 12 hour training curriculum focused on youth development and independent living skills.  Program outcomes indicate youth are improving their life skills and educational outcomes. For example, 70% of eligible foster teens graduated from high school this past May.  Agency goals for 2015 are to train 70 new volunteers and serve 460 children.

 

 

Needs Statement

1)  Volunteer advocates for children in foster. Must be 21 years of age or older, complete screening and 30-hour pre-service training. Approximately 10 volunteer hours per month. Trainings occur in spring, summer, and fall. Day and evening training times offered. Email Julie at jmiles@casajwc.com for information.  2) Friends of CASA allows you to support CASA by volunteering when and how often you choose.  Select from activities offered each month including child-center, special events, hospitality, and office support. Email Lois at lrice@casajwc.com for information.  3)  Holiday gifts for CASA children. If you would like to adopt a CASA child or sibling group with clothes (sizes provided) or wish list items (requested items provided) contact Nina at nkimbrough-smith@casajwc.com. Donations may also be made to the Children's Activitites fund.  4)  We want foster children to have a special birthday celebration!!  Provide birthday items for children in foster care. The birthday boxes may be filled with such things as streamers, napkins, paper plates, party hats, balloons, a birthday card, and gift cards for pizza and cake.  Contact Nina at nkimbrough-smith@casajwc.com. Donations directed to Children's Activities also accepted in lieu of birthday items. 

 

Service Categories
Protection Against Abuse
Areas of Service
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

I was pleased to join the board in 2011 and became board president in March 2013.  My passion for CASA stems from my belief that all children have value and rights.  CASA speaks up for children who have often been dismissed or discarded by others.  The increase in abused and neglected children has also led to an increased demand for CASA services. While more individuals have stepped up to volunteer as advocates, we are unable to keep up with the increased demand for CASA services.  The Board is focused on growing our revenue base so we can increase staff and more children will experience the benefits of CASA Volunteers.  I encourage you to become involved – become a Hope Society member, join Friends of CASA, or become an advocate – our children need your help. 

Programs
Description Abused and neglected children involved in the foster care system are matched with trained and screen volunteers. The volunteers are joined by the professional Program Coordinator who possesses years of experience in the foster care and court systems. Working as a team, CASA Volunteers regularly meet with the children, gather information from family members, school and medical personnel, attorneys and foster care professionals.  Program Coordinators provide guidance and oversight to the CASA Volunteers including editing and approving written reports submitted to the Court before each court hearing.  CASA oversees children's foster placement, advocates for children to receive needed services, and for a safe, permanent home.  CASA involvement averages 16 months, with variations from 4 months to 3 years.    
Category Crime & Legal, General/Other Child Abuse Prevention
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Short-Term Success
Children are safe from additional abuse or neglect: The goal is for 95% of children served by CASA will not suffer additional abuse or neglect while in the program.  354 children brought into the foster care system received advocacy services from January to December 2012. A review of the child protective services records indicates that 100% of the children did not suffer from additional abuse or neglect while in the program. Through regular contact and reports to the Court, children were kept safe from re-abuse.  Children have a stable adult presence: The goal is for 95% of children served by CASA will have the same advocate throughout their court-involvement.  In 2012, 98% (346/354) of children had the same CASA advocate. At a time when foster children are experiencing many changes – 25% move 2 or more times within a year, most moves involve changes in school – CASA advocates are a stable, reliable presence.  
Long-Term Success Children are living in safe, nurturing, and permanent homes.  Children thrive in a supportive environment and as adults, provide safe and nurturing homes for their children.  In 2013, the current status of 186 children who completed the program in 2010 were reviewed.  91% of those children (169 out of 186) who were placed in a permanent home had not returned to the local court systems by January 2013 because of abuse or neglect.  National and local results indicate 85% of children who go through the foster care system remain in safe homes.
Program Success Monitored By

Abuse or neglect reports are tracked internally and investigation results are received from DCF personnel quarterly.  Those investigations that DCF has substantiated abuse or neglect are noted. As CASAs generally visit children in their home of residence, they often see first-hand the caretaker-child relationship and note indicators of potential danger.  Changes in volunteer assignments are tracked through the case database and reported by program staff on a monthly activity report.   Outcome reports are generated quarterly and analyzed by management for trends. If problems arise, management reviews case procedures, training curriculum, and supervision techniques for potential causes.  Children who case has been closed a minimum of 24 months are reviewed in the county’s juvenile court case information database. Children that have re-entered the court system due to a new abuse or neglect occurrence are noted. Annual outcome results are shared with Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.

 

 

Examples of Program Success
Michelle's Story -

During the last semester of eighth grade, I was placed into foster care. I was upset and angry with my life and kept asking, “why me?” Being in foster care was extremely hard. It seemed like all of a sudden I was surrounded by so many different people, from therapists to social workers. It freaked me out. My life became a flurry of therapy sessions, visits and court dates. I was stubborn and I just wanted everyone to leave me alone. But after a while I realized that as much as I didn’t like the situation, everyone was trying to help.

One of the people that became a part of my life was my CASA Volunteer, Columbus. When I met him I had my guard up. I didn’t trust him, and I’m pretty sure he knew it. It took him a while, but eventually I let him in, and he became the mentor and the friend that I so desperately needed. What amazed me the most was when I found out that Columbus was a volunteer. He chose to help me, he gave up a huge part of his life to be there for me. At the time, I couldn’t imagine how someone could be so selfless. He knew that I was scared of going to court, and he was always there so that I was never alone in the court room. He came to see how I was doing every week, and he even called my dad to make sure that he was doing okay too. Knowing that he did that for him made me feel better. I loved my dad, and it was nice to know that he was being taken care of too. My CASA decided that helping others who are in need is important to him. And I guarantee you all, that Columbus, as well as every other CASA makes a difference in each child’s life who are lucky enough to have an advocate. Sadly, there aren’t enough people like Columbus to go around, and only 1/3 of the children who enter the foster care system get to have an advocate. This program is extremely important to me.  I believe wholeheartedly that having a CASA can change a child’s life. It certainly changed mine. 

 

Description Children who are caught in the middle of their parents' custody and visitation disputes are matched with a trained volunteer.  CASA Volunteers are joined by a professional Program Coordinator, with years of experience with divorce dynamics and the court system.  CASA Volunteers meet with the children and both parents, gather information from school and medical personnel, attorneys, and other professionals involved.  Program Coordinators provide guidance and oversight including editing and approving written reports that are submitted to the Judge prior to each court hearing.  The goals for the children are to acquire positive coping strategies for living in two households. The goals for the parents are to acquire cooperative co-parenting skills. Cases average 18 months and may last from 5 months to 3 years. 
Category Crime & Legal, General/Other Family Violence Prevention
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Short-Term Success
Child Safety: The goal is for 95% of children to be safe from abuse or neglect while in the program. Children referred to the program are at risk of abuse.  Through regular contact with the children, CASA is a protective factor and increases child's safety.  In 2012, 100% of children (54/54) were safe from abuse or neglect while in the program.
Stable Adult Presence: The goal is for 95% of children to experience stability in their CASA volunteer.  CASA gives children a safe, reliable, adult at a time when their families are in distress.  In 2012, 100% of children (54/54) experienced stability in their volunteer. 
Long-Term Success

The ultimate success of the program is for children to experience a stable and supportive family environment.   Prior to coming into the program, the parents were consistently involved in court proceedings for issues involving parenting time.  During program intervention, the parents are encouraged to acquire skills to reach agreement without court involvement.  To determine the program's success, court files of former families released from the program for at least 2 years are reviewed to determine those with new court filings. In 2013, 75% of families (43/57) did not return to the court for child-related issues.  Instead, these families had developed communication strategies and skills to resolve their co-parenting disputes. 

Program Success Monitored By The number of children for whom an abuse or neglect report is made to DCF are tracked and DCF personnel is contacted quarterly to determine the outcome of the abuse or neglect investigation.  Those investigations where abuse or neglect is substantiated are noted and compared to the total number of children served.  Changes in CASA volunteer assignment are tracked and reported monthly. The court  database is reviewed annually to identify cases that returned to court for child-related matters. 
Examples of Program Success
Jenny was appointed a CASA volunteer at 10 years old  due to suspected sexual abuse.  She had lived with her mother and her mother's boyfriend, and had earlier endured emotional abuse during her parents' high-confict divorce.  From many perspectives, her mother's boyfriend had an inappropriate relationship with Jenny.  Yet, there was no admission and her mother consistently defended her boyfriend.  Then one day, Jenny confided to her CASA how her mom's boyfriend would touch her while she was in the bathtub.  The abuse began when she was 7 years old.  The confession was something Jenny hadn't even shared with her therapist.  The CASA volunteer continued to advocate for Jenny - she spoke with her mother, therapist, case worker, doctor, and teacher, ensuring Jenny received the services she deserved.  She provided reports to the court in representation of Jenny's best interest.  Thanks to the work of this CASA volunteer, Jenny is safe from harm, living in a permanent and loving home. 
CEO Comments The number of abused and neglected children in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties continues to increase.  In 2013, over 1,700 abused and neglected children spent time in the foster care system.  This is a 7% increase over the number of foster children in 2012.  CASA has a waiting list (currently 62) of children needing a volunteer advocate.  Additional funding is needed for professional Program Coordinators to supervise and support the Volunteer advocates.  Outcomes results demonstrate CASA Volunteers are protective factors that keep children from experiencing additional abuse or neglect; CASAs are a stable, consistent presence in children's lives; and children with a CASA advocate are less likely to re-enter the court system than children without a CASA advocate. Judges continue to value information from CASA in making decisions for children's safety. The extensive training and close supervision by staff ensures volunteers remain focused on each child's best interest.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Lois Rice
Term Start Apr 1998
Experience Lois has been with CASA since 1996, initially as a Program Coordinator, and then Executive Director since 1998. She has a Masters of Social Work from University of Kansas in 1982. Lois previously worked as a teacher and mental health therapist. She is a COMVAC executive board member, co-chair of the COMVAC Children's Committee, a member of the Johnson County Children's Coordinating Council, and the Trauma-Informed Care task force. 
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Anne Marie Albright Jan 1990 - Jan 1993
Ms. Lynn Sparks Nov 1993 - Apr 1998
Senior Staff
Title Resource Development Director
Experience/Biography Alyssa has been employed since June 2002 and focuses on resource development projects including special events, grant writing, publications, annual campaign, and community outreach. Alyssa has a Bachelors Degree in Journalism and Mass Communications and has previous work experience as an account coordinator for an advertising company.
Title Program Director
Experience/Biography Amorita has been employed since 1998 and oversees both the CINC and Divorce/Custody programs. She has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and has previous work experience with New House, a women's shelter. Amorita is a member of the Community Against Violence Acts (COMVAC) Judiciary Committee.
Staff
Full-Time Staff 9
Part-Time Staff 2
Volunteers 185
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Collaborations
Collaborative efforts with Jackson County CASA continue and have led to a closer relationship between the two agencies.  A representative from each board attends the other agency's board meetings as an ex-officio member.  A joint fundraiser, CASA SuperHero 5K Run/Walk, was held in 2014.  Plans are to co-host the event in 2015.  The agencies have been recipients of joint grant funds directed to volunteer training and volunteer supervision. The joint public relations initiative continues to lead to numerous print, radio, and television coverage and resulted in a 20% increase in volunteer inquiries. 
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
National CASA2007
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
National CertificationNational CASA Association2014
State CertificationKansas Office of Judicial Administration2013
Leadership AwardMid America Regional Council2013
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments
A 3 year strategic plan began implementation in 2013.  Goals are to serve 50% of the abused and neglected children (800) needing a CASA volunteer by 2016.  Focus areas include - 1) 10% increase in revenue annually; 2) Host an annual promotional event to raise awareness 3) Develop a speakers bureau to expand CASA's reach;
4) Utilize improved technology to ensure quality volunteer training and supervision opportunities; 4) Strengthen board membership to provided needed expertise.  Strategic plan committees meet quarterly to review progress.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Jason Cole
Company Affiliation VALIC - Financial Planner
Term Mar 2013 to Mar 2015
Email jasonb.cole@gmail.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Maggie Bessenbacher Bessenbacher Company
Mr. Jason Cole Financial Advisor Services
Mr. Joe Coulter Community Volunteer
Mr. Bill Dammann Retired
Mr. Robert Fowler Hallmark Cards
Mrs. Shannon Johnson UMB Bank
Mr. Nate Lindstrom Lockton
Ms. Angela Masloski Wyandotte County Unified Government
Mrs. Kris Mattern Krstyle Marketing
Mr. Dennis McCarthy Community Volunteer
Ms. Cindy Meeker Crossroads Counseling
Mrs. Danielle Pfeister EMC Corporation
Mr. Terry Phipps Grant Thornton LLP
Mr. Drew Quinn Colliers International
Ms. Dawn Rattan Village West Discount Liquors
Mr. Travis Roth UMB Bank
Mrs. Ellen Sommi Self-Employed
Mr. Eric Steinle Spencer Fane Britt & Browne
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 94%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Marketing
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2014
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2014
Projected Revenue $619,150
Projected Expenses $650,670
Endowment Value $0
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage 0%
Form 990s
2012 990
2011 CAS 990
2010 CASA 990
2009 CASA 990
2008 CASA 990
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201120102009
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$167,178$220,849$131,419
Government Contributions$101,838$98,645$108,043
Federal$0$0$0
State$36,838$0$0
Local$65,000$50,000$50,000
Unspecified$0$48,645$58,043
Individual Contributions$79,176$73,280$80,761
$49,505$48,497$46,837
$0$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$82$134$391
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$50,473$54,570$103,278
Revenue In-Kind$265,446$223,896$173,426
Other$13,668$1,806$39,189
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201120102009
Program Expense$621,366$590,435$496,350
Administration Expense$60,090$51,791$48,278
Fundraising Expense$69,122$66,977$57,292
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.031.021.14
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%83%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue15%14%12%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201120102009
Total Assets$233,633$218,145$196,771
Current Assets$227,343$201,756$180,290
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$16,534$21,122$12,222
Total Net Assets$217,099$197,023$184,549
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201120102009
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities13.759.5514.75
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201120102009
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201120102009
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountUnited Way of Greater Kansas City $66,313Johnson County Board of County Commissioners $50,000Johnson County Court $50,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountJohnson County Court $50,000United Way of Greater Kansas City $44,105State of Kansas - Permanent Families Fund $48,842
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountState of Kansas, Permanent Families Fund $36,838National CASA Association $40,000United Way of Greater Kansas City $42,447
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments Volunteers donated more than $300,000 in in-kind hours toward child advocacy in 2013.  CASA continues to receive funding from diverse sources, including private foundations (22%), state and local government (25%), special events (7%), United Way (13%), individuals (12%) and business (18%). Annual special events include the Promise of Hope luncheon in April, the SuperHero 5K Run/Walk in June, and the Fall Benefit Event in September. 
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2011, 2010, 2009:  Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements.  IRS Form 990 also provided. 
Organization Name CASA of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties
Address 5700 Broadmoor, Suite 201
Mission, KS 66202
Primary Phone (913) 715-4040
Contact Email lrice@casajwc.com
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Lois Rice
Board Chair Mr. Jason Cole
Board Chair Company Affiliation VALIC - Financial Planner
Year of Incorporation 1985
Former Names
Johnson County CASA, Inc.