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
To empower 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. Amy Boydston
Board Chair Mr. Dennis McCarthy
Board Chair Company Affiliation Kit Bond Protection Services
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1985
Former Names
Johnson County CASA, Inc.
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $842,000
Projected Expenses $839,170
Statements
Mission Statement
To empower abused and neglected children with a volunteer's voice in court by seeking a safe and permanent home for each child.
Background Statement
CASA addresses the diverse needs of children who have been seriously abused or neglected, requiring their removal into foster care. Our goals: to keep children safe from further physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse and neglect; to ensure they receive all needed services; and to help them achieve permanency in a safe and stable home as quickly as possible. CASA plays a unique, unduplicated role by training and directing volunteer advocates to deliver long-term advocacy from the time of case assignment throughout the duration of the child’s court involvement. No other agency operates with the court’s authority to deliver similar services. CASA advocates are often assigned to very challenging cases involving severe abuse and trauma, very young victims, or children exposed to multiple victimizations. CASA of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties (CASA) was established in 1985 to serve children in Johnson County and expanded its services to Wyandotte County in 2005.
Impact Statement

In 2016:

  • 211 CASA volunteers advocated for the best interests of 437 children, an increase of nearly 14% over the previous year, and a 30% increase in the number of cases served in the last five years.
  • CASA advocates contributed 22,754 volunteer hours on behalf of abused and neglected children. This is a 24% year over year increase in volunteer hours.
  • 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.
  • 31% of the children CASA served were teenagers (ages 12-17).
 
In 2017, CASA will:
  • Continue to deliver programs that keep children safe from further abuse and neglect, provide a stable adult presence, help judges and court personnel make informed decisions regarding a child's life, and help children remain in safe and permanent homes following their CASA intervention.
  • Advocate for 460 abused and neglected children, including 135 teenage youth preparing to transition out of the foster system.
  • Train at least 25 new Teen Advocacy volunteers using the advanced Fostering Futures curriculum. Trained advocates will help prepare teenage youth for the transition to adulthood as they age out of the system.
  • Conduct in-depth quality assurance evaluation to prepare for a statewide transition to an upgraded case tracking system. We will study what customized data we want to collect, establish baselines, incorporate technology into our assessment protocol, and update our volunteer recruitment, training, and reporting protocols and tools. 
Needs Statement
  • Passionate and committed volunteer advocates are always needed for children in foster care and who are in the midst of high-conflict divorce cases. Demand remains high for children in need of care; there is a waiting list for children who need CASA advocates.  CASA volunteer advocates must be 21 years of age or older, and must complete a background screening and a 30-hour pre-service training.  CASA Teen Advocate volunteers receive an additional 12 hours of training. The time requirement is approximately 10 hours per month.  Additional trainings occur six times throughout the year. We offer day and evening training times.
  • CASA has committed to undergoing a rigorous self-evaluation of our outcomes measurement and data collection process, as well as enhancing the delivery and evaluation of our volunteer training.
  • CASA is always in need of tangible goods and monetary donations to support all children in need of care, but especially the youth in the Teen Advocacy program.
  • CASA is working to mitigate barriers to equitable impact; for example, we are in the process of translating more materials into Spanish and other languages to overcome language barriers and continually improve cultural competency. 
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.

Programs
Description CASA's Child Advocacy Services exist to address the unmet needs of abused children, ages 0-19, who have been removed from their homes into a complex, overburdened foster care system. Children are faced with rapid turnover of case workers, multiple foster placements, frequent school changes, and inconsistent access to mental health care. CASA addresses these needs by providing one constant advocate, matched with the child(ren) through the life of the case. CASA volunteers spend more time with a child than any other state or court worker, and are best positioned to provide accurate and relevant information regarding the child's needs. Without CASA, judges may be unaware of a child's special and/or mental health needs, of the child feeling endangered in the home, or of other concerns. CASA's advocates identify these concerns, and advocate for the child's best interests.
Program Budget $718,950.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

  1. Children will be kept safe from further abuse and neglect.
  2. Children will receive a stable adult presence.
  3. Judges and court personnel will make better and more informed decisions regarding a child's life.
  4. Children will remain in safe and permanent homes following their CASA intervention.
In 2016:
  1. 99% of children receiving a CASA advocate did not experience further abuse and neglect.
  2. 97% of children had the same CASA advocate throughout their CASA intervention.
  3. 95% of court hearings reflected specific information from a CASA report.
  4. 93% of children did not re-enter the local court system but instead remained in safe, supportive homes.
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 2016, 95% of children did not return to the court system within 2 years.
Program Success Monitored By CASA tracks all information about each case in its CASA Manager database. This information includes (but is not limited to) substantiated incidents of abuse, court proceedings, requested services, which volunteer is assigned to a case, and court orders. The Program Coordinators receive regular updates from volunteers and enter relevant information into the database. Volunteers also submit regular monthly case activity logs that CASA's office support staff enters into the database. Program Coordinators are responsible for ensuring volunteers provide the necessary information to be entered into the database, and that the information is entered correctly. This allows CASA to accurately measure and monitor the achievement of the outcomes.
Examples of Program Success Scott* was five years old when he entered the child protection system due to abuse and neglect. Scott is now 13. During that time, Scott has been assigned to five different foster placements. Through those seven years of changes, Linda* has been Scott's consistent CASA advocate. She has tirelessly advocated for him and included in her court reports that he would benefit from specialized, trauma-informed therapy. As a result of CASA's advocacy for mental health services, the judge ordered a psychological evaluation for the child. Today, Scott is receiving specialized therapy through Children's Mercy SCAN clinic, which uses evidence-based practices tailored to the emotional health needs of children with past abuse experiences.
Description CASA's Teen Advocacy Services program targets older youth in the foster care system who are likely to "age out" of care and transition to independent living. This specific population of children in foster care face unique challenges as they approach age 18 and are expected to become independent, self-sufficient and contributing members of society with little or no assistance from others. Older youth in foster care have often experienced many placements, have attended multiple schools, may be separated from younger siblings, and are unlikely to be adopted or find permanent guardianship. Studies on former foster care youth have found they were more likely to drop out of school, be unemployed, lack health insurance and have high rates of mental illness, all of which are contributing factors for homelessness. CASA projects serving 135 teens with the Teen Advocacy program.
Program Budget $195,850.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
  • On average, older youth in the Teen Advocacy Program will improve in at least two of three areas on the Life Skills Assessment between early-assessment and case closure.
  • Youth eligible for graduation will complete high school or obtain a GED by age 19.
  • Youth “aging out” of state care will have an identified stable housing placement at the time they are released from the court’s protection.
Long-Term Success

  • Teens who age out of the court-system are prepared to live independently.
  • Teens who age out of the court-system understand how to advocate on their own behalf to access community resources.
  • Teens are living in safe, nurturing, and permanent homes and thrive in a supportive environment and as adults. 

 

Program Success Monitored By
Teen Advocates use a life-skills assessment tool developed by the National CASA office to measure a teen's knowledge in specific areas of self-advocacy within the first 60-90 days of a case opening and again upon case closure or when a teen ages out of care. This tool is used as a general guide in one-on-one visits with youth in the Teen Advocacy program. Over the course of the next year, CASA will be reviewing data from the last three years of the Teen Advocacy program to identity new ways to use the Life Skills Assessment tool. CASA staff will also refine, and/or identify, tools to measure additional outcomes identified for this specific subgroup of children.
In addition to tracking all information about a case, the CASA Manager database can also track outcomes such as educational attainment and housing placement status of teens at the point that they age out. CASA is considering additional ways to follow up with youth after the case is closed to evaluated longer-term impact.
Examples of Program Success
Jason* was 16 when he first met his CASA volunteer, Bob. Jason was identified as a “child in need of care” due to serous neglect and was living in foster care. Jason was failing academically, had sought escape in alcohol, and had no belief in his future. Jason informed Bob he was going to drop out of high school, since he was “flunking, anyway.” Bob knew he had less than 18 months before Jason turned 18, aged out of foster care, and would be completely on his own.
Jason reluctantly agreed to Bob’s recommendation to consider an alternative school. Bob helped Jason study for his driver’s exam so that he could have transportation. Bob also discussed opening a bank account, saving money, and spent time discussing Jason’s plans. Jason’s D’s and F’s became B’s and C’s, and even an A. He secured his driver’s license and maintained a part-time job. Last December, Jason completed all requirements for high school graduation, and plans to “walk” at graduation this spring. (*name changed)
CEO Comments The number of abused and neglected children in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties continues to increase.  CASA has a waiting list of more than 100 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. Amy Boydston
Term Start May 2016
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Anne Marie Albright Jan 1990 - Jan 1993
Lois Rice -
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
Paid Full-Time Staff 9
Paid Part-Time Staff 5
Volunteers 200
Paid Contractors 0
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
Collaborations
CASA collaborates with a number of local victim service and government agencies to improve the local community's response to child maltreatment victims. CASA staff and volunteer advocates work with social workers and case workers from the Kansas Department for Children and Families and private contractors such as KVC Behavioral Healthcare in order to advocate for victims and to participate in case planning. The agency partners with Safehome, local law-enforcement agencies, Sunflower House, judges, and assistant district attorneys from Johnson and Wyandotte Counties to deliver pre-service and ongoing training of advocates. CASA maintains a unique collaboration with the local court systems of Johnson and Wyandotte counties. CASA staff are involved in Johnson County's Community Violence Action Councils' Executive Board and Children's Committee, Wyandotte County United Way Executive's Council, Johnson County Children's Coordinating Council, and a community-wide Trauma-Informed Care Initiative. These collaborative efforts involve dozens of departments of county government, as well as local non-profit agencies addressing domestic violence, foster care, sexual assault, income stability, and more.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
National CASA2016
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
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

For more than 30 years, CASA of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties has advocated for abused and neglected children. Every day, we are reminded of the very real and alarming extent of child abuse in our community. We see children who have been physically and sexually abused. We see children who have experienced serious, chronic neglect, often victims of their parents’ dangerous substance abuse. We see children who are traumatized in high conflict families where domestic violence is prevalent. We see children who are hurt, and scared, having been removed from their homes for their own safety. We see children who have been moved between multiple foster homes, who have been separated from siblings, who need safety and a “forever home.” We see them. And we are here for them.

Our CASA advocates are steadfast champions for children who are hurting and who need a voice in the complex world of the foster care system. Our CASA’s advocate for mental health treatment, tutoring, basic needs such as eye exams, and for kids to experience as much “normalcy” in foster care as possible. All the while CASA’s are assessing and informing the judges in making the critical decisions regarding a safe, permanent home.

For the older youth, who most likely to “age out” of foster care without finding permanency, CASAs serve a dual role as advocate and mentor, helping teens attain critical life skills and basic necessities to live safely, independently.

CASAs serve hundreds of children each year, yet dozens remain on our waiting list. With community support, we will continue to provide high quality services with measureable impact for hundreds of abused and neglected children. We plan to “share the CASA story,” with as many as we can – talking about our work and our need for more volunteer advocates. We are resolute in our mission to “be the voice” for the children in our caseload, and for the children waiting who need us. We see them. And we are here for them. Amy Boydston, Executive Director

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Dennis McCarthy
Company Affiliation Kit Bond Protection Services
Term Apr 2017 to Apr 2019
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms Dawn Belshe American Century Investments
Ms. Andrea Bernica Black & Veatch
Mr. Joe Coulter Community Volunteer
Mrs. Erin Dedrickson Logan and Jenkins
Mr. Robert Fowler Burns & McDonnell
Mr. Jason Hendricks Performance Contracting Group
Mrs. Shannon Johnson UMB Bank
Ms. Shannon Johnson UMB Financial Corporation
Mrs. Kathy Lacy Bank Midwest
Mr. Nate Lindstrom Lockton
Mr. Dennis McCarthy Community Volunteer
Mrs. Danielle Pfeister EMC Corporation
Mr. Travis Roth UMB Bank
Mr. Allen Skeens Blue Valley School District
Mrs. Ellen Sommi Self-Employed
Mr. Kevin Taylor Ameriprise Financial
Mr. John Yorke The Economic Club of Kansas City
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 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 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
Executive
Finance
Marketing
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms Maggie Bessenbacher The Bessenbacher Company
Ms. Reida Buehler Arvest Bank
Jason Cole
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. Cindy Meeker
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
CEO Comments

My first career of nearly thirty years was as a U.S. Secret Service special agent. Upon retirement from the Service I became the first director of Safety & Security for the Blue Valley School District. This was during the time of the Columbine school shooting and the many such incidents that followed it. I became passionate about preventing school violence which lead me to interview nearly 500 students over more than eleven years who exhibited thinking or behavior of concern. The critical importance of trusted adult relationships with such kids quickly became apparent to me. During my time at Blue Valley I also served six years on the Johnson County Juvenile Corrections Board (JCAB). It was during my service to the JCAB that I became familiar with CASA. Upon retiring from Blue Valley I started my service as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. Since that time I have been an advocate in two long term cases which concluded with the children graduating from high school and going on to college. In 2013 I became a member of the CASA Board of Directors and in 2017 was appointed to be the board president.

The trauma of neglect and abuse lasts a lifetime, but the intervention of a CASA starts the healing process early and gives these young lives a chance. A chance of becoming responsible, productive citizens in our communities. CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties will serve at least 450 kids this year with more than 200 volunteer advocates. But, there are typically 100-125 kids waiting to be assigned a CASA. The judges have determined a CASA is needed in their case, but currently we don’t have enough advocates to fill this need.

Our goal is to serve more kids in the highest quality manner possible. In order to accomplish this goal, CASA needs more investment in its resources to increase our capacity to serve. Please consider joining our Hope Society in making an automatic monthly contribution of your chosen amount. These are the contributions we count on every month to sustain and hopefully increase our capacity to serve neglected or abused kids. There are other special ways to give such as volunteering with the Friends of CASA or applying to be an advocate. There are lots of ways to use your treasure and time to stop the downward spiral of our neglected or abused children.

Please visit www.casajwc.org for more information about joining us to give so many abused or neglected kids a better chance in our communities.

Dennis M. McCarthy, Board President
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $842,000
Projected Expenses $839,170
Form 990s
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FY 2012:  Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements.  
  • Foundations/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 Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$414,327$349,034$168,656
Government Contributions$80,185$64,932$132,793
Federal----$0
State----$31,793
Local----$101,000
Unspecified$80,185$64,932$0
Individual Contributions----$63,929
$62,201$76,432$68,957
$0$0$258,526
Investment Income, Net of Losses$12$78$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$68,416$50,523$37,518
Revenue In-Kind$2,488$0$0
Other$0$0$42,703
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$445,646$419,969$611,806
Administration Expense$50,435$46,983$49,381
Fundraising Expense$115,428$88,241$75,026
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.030.971.05
Program Expense/Total Expenses73%76%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue18%16%16%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$372,472$243,680$254,989
Current Assets$369,142$242,821$252,328
Long-Term Liabilities$13,092$15,810$0
Current Liabilities$1,641$1,811$14,736
Total Net Assets$357,739$226,059$240,253
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities224.95134.0817.12
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets4%6%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Johnson County Court $53,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --United Way of Greater Kansas City $49,505
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Performance Contracting Group $35,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
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 aboydston@casajwc.com
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Amy Boydston
Board Chair Mr. Dennis McCarthy
Board Chair Company Affiliation Kit Bond Protection Services
Year of Incorporation 1985
Former Names
Johnson County CASA, Inc.