CASA of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties - Preview
5700 Broadmoor, Suite 201
Mission KS 66202
CASA Volunteer Bill with his CASA children on their adoption day



Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 715-4040
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
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Lois Rice
Board Chair Mr. Travis Roth
Board Chair Company Affiliation UMB Bank
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1985
Former Names
Johnson County CASA, Inc.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $697,595
Projected Expenses $731,580
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 2015, 183 CASA Volunteers have advocated for the best interests of 356 children, and will reach 420 by the end of 2015.  A total of 70 new child advocate volunteers completed the training curriculum, bringing the number of active advocates for abused and neglected children to 200 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, 80% of eligible foster teens graduated from high school in the two years since the program began.  Agency goals for 2016 are to train 75 new volunteers and serve 460 children.



Needs Statement

  1. Volunteer advocates for children in foster. Must be 21 years of age or older, complete background screening and 30-hour pre-service training. Approximately 10 volunteer hours per month. Trainings occur 6 times throughout the year. Day and evening training times offered. Email Julie at 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 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 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 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 fortunate enough to learn about CASA and its mission 4 years ago through a United Way fundraising campaign. I joined the board a year later and became board president in March 2015. My passion for CASA is tied directly to having two young children myself and knowing that there are children in our community just as precious, but without an advocate for even their basic needs. A CASA advocate works prevent a child from continuing to be abused or neglected, that they are going to school, that they are being fed and clothed.  CASA fills in that critical gap to give these kids a chance to become the best version of themselves. Unfortunately, the need grows each year and we have to react and meet this growing need for the services CASA provides. An investment in CASA is an investment in the immediate and long-term health of Kansas City. Please join us by supporting CASA monetarily or, better yet, by becoming a CASA advocate and making a meaningful difference in the life of a child who needs your help.

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.  357 children brought into the foster care system received advocacy services from January to December 2014. A review of the child protective services records indicates that 99% 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 2014, 95% (341/357) 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 2015, the current status of 132 children who completed the program in 2012 were reviewed.  91% of those children (120 out of 132) who were placed in a permanent home had not returned to the local court systems by January 2015 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 the Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, and funders through the annual report.



Examples of Program Success

 In May, 2011,  15 year old Trey and his 3 siblings removed from his mother’s home due to physical and emotional abuse by the mother. Mary was appointed their CASA Volunteer in June 2011 and has remained so for 3 years. Trey was placed with a relative and has lived with her during his entire time in foster care. Because of prior frequent school absences,  Trey was significantly behind academically. Trey’s relative made sure he worked hard to catch up on missed academics and has been a positive influence for him.

Mary kept in regular contact with Trey and worked closely with Trey’s social workers to make he received needed services, checked in with his teachers, and helped him to set his career goals.

Trey chose to stay in foster care until he graduated from high school in May 2014. In August 2014, Trey began attending Washburn University where he plans to major in nursing. CASA is proud to have played a role in Trey’s current and future successes.


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 2014, 100% of children (55/55) 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 2014, 98% of children (54/55) 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 2015, 75% of families (18/24) 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 2014, over 1,700 abused and neglected children spent time in the foster care system.  This is a 28% increase over the number of foster children in 2011.  CASA has a waiting list (currently 97) of children needing a volunteer advocate.  Additional funding is needed for professional Program Staff to train and supervise the Volunteer advocates.  Outcomes results demonstrate CASA Volunteers are protective factors that prevent 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
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.
Paid Full-Time Staff 10
Paid Part-Time Staff 2
Volunteers 200
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
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.  The first-ever joint fundraiser, CASA SuperHero 5K Run/Walk, was held in 2014 and continued 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 25% increase in volunteer inquiries. 
National CASA2007
National CertificationNational CASA Association2014
State CertificationKansas Office of Judicial Administration2014
Leadership AwardMid America Regional Council2013
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments
With more abused and neglected children needing a CASA Volunteer advocate, the board is focused on raising additional revenue to support additional program personnel who provide oversight and support to CASA Volunteers.  Numerous broadcast and print media attention has generated new volunteer interest and donations from the community.   The corporate sponsorship program, In Good Company Club, remains popular with companies and generated $95,000 in revenue in 2014.  Two annual fundraisers, the Promise of Hope and the Hops & Barley Ball generated $85,000 in revenue.  The 2nd Annual CASA SuperHero 5K Run/Walk brought out nearly 1,200 participants and generated revenue of $23,000.  The monthly individual giving program, Hope Society, grew to members and revenue in 2015.  
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Travis Roth
Company Affiliation UMB Bank
Term Mar 2015 to Mar 2016
Board Members
Ms. Andrea Bernica Black & Veatch
Mr. Jason Cole Financial Advisor Services
Mr. Joe Coulter Community Volunteer
Mr. Bill Dammann Retired
Mrs. Erin Dedrickson Logan and Jenkins
Mr. Robert Fowler Hallmark Cards
Mr. Jason Hendricks Performance Contracting Group
Mrs. Shannon Johnson UMB Bank
Mrs. Kathy Lacy Bank Midwest
Mr. Nate Lindstrom Lockton
Mr. Dennis McCarthy Community Volunteer
Ms. Cindy Meeker Crossroads Counseling
Mrs. Danielle Pfeister EMC Corporation
Mr. Drew Quinn Colliers International
Ms. Dawn Rattan Village West Discount Liquors
Mr. Travis Roth UMB Bank
Mr. Allen Skeens Blue Valley School District
Mrs. Ellen Sommi Self-Employed
Mr. John Yorke The Economic Club of Kansas City
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
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
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Advisory Board Members
Ms. Betty Barnett Community Volunteer
Ms Maggie Bessenbacher The Bessenbacher Company
Ms. Reida Buehler Arvest Bank
Mrs. Kerry Cosgrove Community Volunteer
Mrs. Judy Frye Community Volunteer
Ms. Barbara George Partnership Marketing
Mr. Kevin Howard Community Volunteer
Ms. Michale Ann Kincaid McGladrey & Pullen
Ms. Judi McCue Hallmark Cards
Ms. Joetta Melton Retired
Ms. Sharon Milens Community Volunteer
Mr. Michael Milens Community Volunteer
Mr. Ray Paine First National Bank
Mr. Terry Phipps Grant Thornton
Ms. Marilyn Walz Blue Ribbon Tours
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2015
Projected Revenue $697,595
Projected Expenses $731,580
Endowment Value $0
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage 0%
Form 990s
2013 CASA 990
2012 CASA 990
2011 CASA 990
2010 CASA 990
2009 CASA 990
2008 CASA 990
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2013: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FY 2012, 2011:  Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements.  
  • Foundations/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
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 Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$64,932$132,793$101,838
Individual Contributions--$63,929$79,176
Investment Income, Net of Losses$78$0$82
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$50,523$37,518$50,473
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$265,446
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$419,969$611,806$621,366
Administration Expense$46,983$49,381$60,090
Fundraising Expense$88,241$75,026$69,122
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.971.051.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses76%83%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue16%16%15%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$243,680$254,989$233,633
Current Assets$242,821$252,328$227,343
Long-Term Liabilities$15,810$0$0
Current Liabilities$1,811$14,736$16,534
Total Net Assets$226,059$240,253$217,099
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities134.0817.1213.75
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets6%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountUnited Way of Greater Kansas City $62,609Johnson County Court $53,000United Way of Greater Kansas City $66,313
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountJohnson County Court $50,000United Way of Greater Kansas City $49,505Johnson County Court $50,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountPerformance Contracting Group $40,000Performance Contracting Group $35,000State of Kansas, Permanent Families Fund $36,838
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 $358,000 in in-kind hours toward child advocacy in 2014.  CASA continues to receive funding from diverse sources, including private foundations (32%), state and local government (16%), business (16%), special events (14%), United Way (10%), and individuals (10%). 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. 
Organization Name CASA of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties
Address 5700 Broadmoor, Suite 201
Mission, KS 66202
Primary Phone (913) 715-4040
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Lois Rice
Board Chair Mr. Travis Roth
Board Chair Company Affiliation UMB Bank
Year of Incorporation 1985
Former Names
Johnson County CASA, Inc.