Child Protection Center, Inc.
3101 Broadway
Suite 750
Kansas City MO 64111
A child-friendly waiting area.
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 778-8000
Fax 816- 778-8017
Mission Statement
The mission of the Child Protection Center (CPC) is to respect the child and protect their voice throughout the investigation of child abuse. The CPC accomplishes this by providing a safe, child-friendly setting in which to interview child abuse victims, by coordinating investigative team services as well as mental health and medical services, and by providing family advocacy and mental health services to assist children and their families begin the path toward healing.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Lisa Mizell
Board Chair Ms. Elizabeth Danforth
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2006
Former Names
Child Protection Center program, Jackson County Family Court
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
The Child Protection Center accepts donations by check, cash, credit cards and in-kind donations of needed goods and services. The CPC is also a United Way agency, and employees may make donations to the CPC through one of many methods during the United Way employee giving campaign. Credit card donations are processed through Click & Pledge on our website donation page: http://www.cpckc.org/donate. 
 
Checks should be made payable to Child Protection Center, Inc. and mailed to:
3101 Broadway, Suite 750
Kansas City, MO 64111
Attn: Development Director
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement The mission of the Child Protection Center (CPC) is to respect the child and protect their voice throughout the investigation of child abuse. The CPC accomplishes this by providing a safe, child-friendly setting in which to interview child abuse victims, by coordinating investigative team services as well as mental health and medical services, and by providing family advocacy and mental health services to assist children and their families begin the path toward healing.
Background Statement

The CPC was founded in 1996 by members of the Jackson County Child Sexual Abuse Task Force and a group of community advocates including Laura Cray and Laura Curry Sloan. Originally a program of The Children's Mercy Hospital, the CPC became a program administered by the Jackson County Family Court in 2000. On July 1, 2007, the CPC became an independent, not-for-profit agency, Child Protection Center, Inc. This change allowed the CPC to diversify funding to meet the growing need for services and provide greater fiscal stability for the organization. 

Before the CPC existed, young victims of alleged abuse would endure repeated interviews with multiple professionals including Children’s Division investigators, law enforcement officers, attorneys from the Prosecutors’ Offices and Family Court and medical and mental health providers. Now, after a report of alleged abuse, children are referred to the CPC for a forensic interview or extended forensic interview by Children's Division and local law enforcement agencies. Interviews are conducted in a child-friendly environment by staff specially trained in child development, forensic interviewing and sexual abuse dynamics in order to reduce the trauma of the investigative process on the child. The digitally recorded interviews are used by the Missouri Children’s Division and law enforcement in their investigation of the allegations, as evidence to support the child’s testimony in court, and to identify medical, mental health or safety issues facing the child.
 
The CPC’s Family Advocacy Program provides caregivers with crisis intervention, ongoing support, education and referrals for specialized medical and mental health services, and follow-up to help remove barriers to services. The CPC also coordinates medical evaluation, case review and case tracking.
 
The CPC is the only agency providing forensic interviews and extended forensic interviews for alleged victims of child abuse (ages 3-17) in Jackson and Cass Counties in Missouri. In 2009, the CPC moved to a larger, newly renovated space in order to expedite services to children by reducing the wait time for an appointment from up to 17 days in 2008 to an average of 10 days in 2012. More than 14,000 children have been served at no cost to families since 1996.
Impact Statement

The Child Protection Center is the only child advocacy center providing forensic and extended forensic interviews in Jackson and Cass Counties in Missouri.  The CPC has served over 14,000 children since its inception and in 2017 provided forensic interviews to 789 children.  These interviews are used by the Missouri Children’s Division and law enforcement to identify victims of abuse, ensure their safety and determine necessary medical and mental health treatment needs. Forensic interviews reduce trauma to children by limiting the number of times they must be questioned about their abuse. Forensic interviews are at the center of a cohesive team approach that ensures that all of the multidisciplinary partners (law enforcement, child abuse investigators, social services and medical professionals) have access to the full account, in the child’s words, of his or her abuse. Admissible as evidence at trial, interviews are an essential part of the legal case against those who abuse children. 

  1. Family Advocacy services including crisis intervention, education about the child protection system response, ongoing support and referrals for specialized medical and mental health services to 100 percent of the children and their caregivers who need these services.
  2. The CPC's mental health services creates a safe place for families to learn effective, individualized coping skills by facilitating healthy styles of communication which increase family unity and support in the child's healing process.
  3. In 2017, the CPC provided training for 289 adults who work with children or are involved in the child protection system to educate them about child abuse, the system response and to prepare them with the knowledge to recognize, respond to and report suspected cases of abuse.
 
Goals:
  1. Continue to meet the community need for high quality, forensic interview, family advocacy and mental health services for alleged victims of child abuse. 
  2. Maintain state and federal funding; broaden and diversify funding base.
  3. Increase public awareness of the organization.
  4. Build and maintain governance and operating structure that assures the organization will fulfill its mission.
Needs Statement
  1. Financial support for the CPC's Forensic Interview, Family Advocacy and Mental Health Services Programs. 
  2. Financial support for community and staff training.    
  3. Volunteers for the CPC's Cook for Courage and CPC Presents special event committees.
Service Categories
Children's and Youth Services
Administartion Of Justice
Areas of Service
MO
MO - Jackson County
MO - Cass County
MO - Lafayette
Geographic Area Served Narrative The Child Protection Center serves Jackson, Cass and a portion of Lafayette counties in Missouri.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
The Child Protection Center (CPC) is a nationally accredited child advocacy center providing forensic interviews for alleged victims of child sexual and physical abuse and for child witnesses to homicide. The CPC serves children living in Jackson, Cass and a portion of Lafayette Counties in Missouri.
Prior to the CPC's existence, a child dealing with the trauma of abuse, often faced a seemingly endless battery of questions from a variety of agencies involved in the investigation such as law enforcement, Children’s Division, prosecutor’s office, and medical personal. All agencies were well-meaning in attempting to learn the facts, but such efforts also required these children to re-live their trauma through repeated interviews and questioning. In addition, these interviews often were held in places that are often intimidating to adults and frequently terrifying for children, such as police stations or hospitals. In their efforts to come to terms with what their child had endured, families received little support or information on how to help them heal.
Today, these young victims are referred to the CPC by law enforcement and the Missouri Children’s Division. In the CPC’s safe, child-friendly setting, children are interviewed by specially trained Forensic Interviewers who understand how to gather all pertinent information in a manner that is sensitive and appropriate for children of various developmental levels. The CPC's Forensic Interviews are digitally recorded and preserved. The recordings are used by various agencies throughout the investigation, ensuring the number of times children must tell their stories and re-live their trauma is kept to an absolute minimum. The recordings further insure that the child’s voice is not lost during the investigation process.
 
While a family is at the CPC, they also meet with a Family Advocate. The Family Advocate takes time to explain the dynamics of abuse, provide crisis intervention, and information to the non-offending caregiver regarding how to help their child and family begin the road to recovery from this trauma. the CPC recognizes that while the child has suffered, the entire family deals with the aftershocks. Through the CPC, families receive valuable information regarding medical, mental health and social services follow up and referrals. The intention and hope is that the process of interviewing and meeting with the Family Advocates will help these children and their families take their first steps on the path toward healing. All services of the CPC are provided to children and their families free of charge.
 
The CPC also conducts trainings for law enforcement, social service agencies, prosecutors and others who work with children at no cost to the participants. These trainings educate community members about child abuse, the system of response and the investigative process, and also equip these professionals with the knowledge to recognize, respond to and report suspected child abuse. The CPC also has staff members qualified to conduct Stewards of Children, a nationally acclaimed program for adults to help identity victims of abuse and intercede on their behalf.
Programs
Description The Child Protection Centers primary services are forensic interviews and extended forensic interviews. Forensic interviews are generally one-time interviews used to gather information from the child about allegations of abuse and are used by agencies involved to investigate potential abuse and assess child safety. They are digitally recorded to reduce trauma to the child by avoiding multiple interviews and preserving statements for legal purposes. Should charges be filed, the recorded interview is used by the Prosecutor’s office or Family Court as evidence to support the child’s testimony in court. The interviews are also used to identify any medical, mental health or safety issues facing the child. Extended forensic interviews are multi-session forensic interviews tailored for preschool aged children or children whose development level may not be suitable for a one-time interview. Interviews are tailored to child’s developmental age, level of trauma and culture.
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Short-Term Success Number of children served, length of wait for forensic interview services, and number of referrals provided for medical and mental health services.
Long-Term Success To respect the child and protect their voice throughout the investigation of child abuse.
Program Success Monitored By Number of children served, length of wait for services. Data regarding date of the referral for services, date of service and type of service are entered into an Access database. Client satisfaction surveys.
Examples of Program Success
789 children received forensic/extended forensic interview services between January and December of 2017.
 
The CPC's client survey data shows that, consistently over 90 percent of families served at the CPC: are educated about the mental health consequences of sexual and physical abuse and the benefits of medical exams and mental health services for their families, are assessed for their immediate emotional functioning and are provided crisis intervention services to help reduce anxiety and confusion, receive informational materials about filing for protective orders, domestic violence services and victim compensation funds, are assessed for hard services and needs such as shelter and food, are educated about the investigation and criminal justice process, and are satisfied with the services provided to them by the CPC staff.  
Description The Child Protection Center provides crisis intervention, ongoing support and education to caregivers of children who have been abused. These services help caregivers navigate the child protection, law enforcement and court systems.  The CPC Family Advocates provide referrals for specialized medical and mental health services and link them with any additional community resources that are needed such as domestic violence shelters, substance abuse treatment programs, legal aid, parenting education classes, and food pantries.
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Adults
Short-Term Success Number of caregivers who receive education regarding child abuse, referrals and education regarding the need for specialized medical and mental health treatment, the system response, and their rights as victims.
Long-Term Success Prevent the re-victimization of children who have been abused. Decrease the stress and anxiety that caregivers experience as a result of the victimization of their child.
Program Success Monitored By
The number of caregivers who receive initial crisis intervention services, education and referral for services, and on going support from the Family Advocates is tracked in a database and verified by staff.
 
Client satisfaction surveys.
Examples of Program Success According to Client Satisfaction surveys:
  • 98% of those who responded felt the Family Advocate listened to their concerns.
  • 98% of those who responded said the Famaily Advocate responded to their concern professionally.
  • 99% of those who responded said the Family Advocate provided them with counseling information.
  • 98% said the Family Advocate provided appropriate resources for their family. 
Client comments included: "The family advocate was really nice and professional, concerned and very thorough in explaining things I may not have understood.  She did seem concerned about me, my family and my child's well being."
Description The Child Protection Center conducts trainings for multidisciplinary partner agency staff at no cost to participants about the Child Protection Network (CPN) Protocol.  The CPN Protocol outlines each agency’s role and responsibilities in the investigation process and defines the protocol for referrals of children to the CPC.  This training also identifies the often subtle signs of child sexual abuse.  This is critical because untrained staff can miss key indicators because they do not know what they are looking for, or miss an opportunity to refer a child for a forensic interview.  The CPC also provides Stewards of Children, a nationally acclaimed training program for adults who work with children or who are in the community to help them identify victims of abuse and intercede on their behalf.
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Adults
Program is linked to organization's mssion No
Short-Term Success
Increase knowledge about the identification and intervention for victims of child abuse.
Long-Term Success

Increased protection and support for alleged child abuse victims. 

Program Success Monitored By
  • Number of trainings tracked in access database and verified by staff. Number compared year over year.
  • Training participants recorded in training logs, verified by staff. Pre and post test evaluations completed by participants.
Examples of Program Success
The CPC trainings ensures partner agency knowledge of the Child Protection Network (CPN) Protocol and the often subtle signs of child sexual abuse. Value of trainings was demonstrated in 2006 after the CPC observed an 18 percent drop in number of children served at the CPC. The CPC learned that there had been a large number of changes in leadership and staff in local law enforcement agencies and in the Children’s Division, thus reducing the number of staff who had received CPN training. The CPC addressed this crisis by increasing the CPN training to ensure that all agency staff understood the protocol and referral process. 
Description

Traumatic experience have the power to impact the thoughts, emotions, and behavior of children and adults.  The Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI) is an early-intervention, short-term therapy that aims to reduce the traumatic stress symptoms causing a family the most distress and disruption to daily lukef. Over the course of 6-8 therapy sessions, the child and family therapist helps the child and caregiver learn to increase communication and understanding of the thoughts and feelings associated with traumatic events.  The therapist also works with the child and family to develop healthy strategies to manage those thoughts and feelings.

The CFTSI program specifically provides the following services:

  • between  6-8 therapy sessions
  • each session is one hour long
  • one session with the caregiver and the therapist only
  • one or two sessions with the child and the therapist only
  • all other sessions are with both the child, their caregiver, and the therapist
After the CFTSI therapy is complete, families can be referred for long-term therapy if needed.  
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Mental Health Treatment
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Short-Term Success

The CPC's Child and Family Therapist will see 160 clients (80 children/teens between the ages of 7-17, and their primary caregivers); families referred by the CPC for mental health services who obtain treatment will increase from 29 percent to 40 percent.

Long-Term Success

Improved awareness of and access to mental health services for child victims and their families.  

Program Success Monitored By

Collected from case records; verified by staff. Family post service follow-up survey. Document by staff in database upon follow-up with family.

Examples of Program Success Improved awareness of and access to mental health services for child victims and their families.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Lisa Mizell
Term Start June 2012
Experience

Lisa Mizell, Chief Executive Officer, joined the CPC in 2012 and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the CPC’s day to day operations. Previously Ms. Mizell was Executive Director for Amethyst Place, a supported housing program for women and children in alcohol and drug recovery in Kansas City, MO. Ms. Mizell has more than 20 years of experience in delivering human services in both the private and public sectors. She is a Fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership (2012) and was a member of the Missouri Housing Trust Fund Advisory Committee. She has a BS in Psychology/ Rehabilitation from the University of Central Missouri.

Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms. Julie T. Donelon MSWSept 2004 - Dec 2011
Senior Staff
Title Clinical Director
Experience/Biography Ms. Banker has 25 years experience in the field of child abuse/child therapy. She has completed more than 500 hours of continuing education on topics relevant to clinical work with children and families, including extensive training in the area of evaluation and treatment of sexual abuse. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Kansas University and a Master of Social Work degree from Boston University (1982). Ms. Banker has been associated with the CPC since 2001. As Clinical Director she provides clinical oversight for all client services within the agency including clinical and administrative supervision to Forensic Interviewers, Family Support Specialists and social work interns.  She provides program policy implementation and monitoring of outcomes of client services to assure adherence to best practices and established protocols.  She also serves as a community liaison for the agency, representing CPC in various multidisciplinary collaborations and task forces. She also leads CPC's Training Project.
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 17
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 22
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 5
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 1
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 18
Male 1
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 Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations

The CPC seeks to reduce the number of interviews of a child victim in order to reduce trauma to the child. This goal is achieved through extensive collaboration and coordination between the multidisciplinary team agencies including law enforcement, the Jackson County and Cass County Prosecutor’s Offices, the county Juvenile Courts, the State of Missouri Children’s Division, and medical and mental health providers. CPC's Collaborative Coordinator/Family Support Specialist is responsible for facilitating meetings to coordinate services between members of this multidisciplinary team. In addition, these coordination efforts are set forth in a formal written protocol signed by all multidisciplinary team members for each of Jackson and Cass Counties (see attached). Law enforcement and the Missouri Children’s Division provide a combined average of 56 hours/week of in-kind investigative services to the CPC’s Forensic Interview Program. 

Law enforcement and a representative from Missouri Children’s Division are routinely present at the time of the child’s appointment at the CPC in order that coordination of services can begin immediately and victim needs can be identified and addressed without delay. 

The CPC regularly provides referrals to Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City’s leading children’s hospital, for medical exams and services, and to the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA), the Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) and the Children's Place for mental health therapies for children and families. The CPC seeks to ensure that it refers only to service providers who are trained in evidence-based Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT). 
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
National Children's Alliance - Full Member1997
External Assessment and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
National Children's Alliance - Accreditation2010
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Crystal Kipper - Ali Kemp Memorial AwardDepartment of Justice2007
Field Instructor of the Year, 2006-2007University of Missouri Kansas City2007
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Elizabeth Danforth
Term July 2017 to June 2019
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Jim AnderstChildren's Mercy Hospital & Clinics
Mr. Brian BartonMC Power Companies
Ms. Colleen BrowneCommunityAmerica Credit Union
Ms. Elizabeth DanforthKansas City Power & Light
Mr. Andy GoldbergBloch Real Estate Investments, LLC
Ms. Laura HallCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Josh HeinrichUMB Bank
Ms. Catherine KellyArcher Foundation
Ms. Laura McCarthyGlobal Prairie
Mr. Jon OttoPolsinelli
Ms. Addie Perry
Mr. Dan Portnoy
Mr. Tom ProebstleGenerator Studio
Mr. Tom SchroederC. R. Bard
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Board Development / Board Orientation
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Legislative
Nominating
Operations
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Phil BresslerMuller, Bressler + Brown
Councilwoman Melba CurlsCity of Kansas City, Missouri
Ms. Laura Curry SloanShumaker Family Foundation
Dr. Richard DreherChildren's Mercy Hospital
Ms. Lori FluegelCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Alice KitchenCommunity Volunteer
Dr. David LisbonKansas University Medical Center
Dr. Daryl LynchChildren's Mercy Hospital
Mr. Patrick A McInerneyHusch Blackwell
Ms. Rachael Bode SteeleRBS Consulting, Inc.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $1,461,255
Projected Expenses $1,461,255
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.  
  • 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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$525,405$540,687$379,349
Government Contributions$473,364$386,490$382,484
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$473,364$386,490$382,484
Individual Contributions------
--$0$0
$0$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$5,675$3,791$3,065
Membership Dues--$0$0
Special Events$104,060$179,847$87,397
Revenue In-Kind$13,062$6,598$1,615
Other$1,672$4,688$10,333
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$828,022$868,490$694,218
Administration Expense$88,893$96,127$78,793
Fundraising Expense$206,805$83,515$80,235
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.991.071.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses74%83%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$1,309,442$1,313,903$1,257,475
Current Assets$1,086,080$1,089,164$1,019,264
Long-Term Liabilities$0$30,403$38,716
Current Liabilities$55,071$11,606$20,834
Total Net Assets$1,254,371$1,271,894$1,197,925
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities19.7293.8448.92
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%2%3%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City $218,537
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Department of Public Safety SSVF $46,095
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Department of Public Safety VOCA $44,618
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Other Documents
Organization Name Child Protection Center, Inc.
Address 3101 Broadway
Suite 750
Kansas City, MO 64111
Primary Phone (816) 778-8000
Contact Email admin@cpckc.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Lisa Mizell
Board Chair Ms. Elizabeth Danforth
Year of Incorporation 2006
Former Names
Child Protection Center program, Jackson County Family Court