CASA of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties
6950 Squibb Road
Suite 300
Mission KS 66202
CASA Volunteer Bill with his CASA children on their adoption day
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 715-4040
Fax 913- 715-4030
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. Nate Lindstrom
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lockton Companies
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1985
Former Names
Johnson County CASA, Inc.
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
CASA volunteer advocates work directly with abused and neglected children to help them navigate the foster care system. Volunteer advocates assess and monitor children's cases and make recommendations to the court to ensure children's physical, mental health and academic needs are met. Advocates provide critical information to judges that impact court decisions about children's futures. To learn more about becoming a volunteer advocate, individuals are encouraged to contact CASA to enroll in a one-hour information session, “Conversation with CASA. " Contact CASA at 715-4040 for information regarding upcoming sessions. Other volunteer opportunities include Friends of CASA, an auxiliary that sponsors child-centered activities, hospitality, community awareness, and office support.  To learn more, contact Amanda at avolmer@casajwc.com.
 
Donations may be made through the CASA website at www.casajwc.org.  All credit cards are accepted. Check donations may be mailed to the CASA address.
Financial Summary
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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 2019:
  • CASA will serve more than 500 children this year, the highest number in a calendar year in agency history. These hundreds of children have been served with a champion by their side, one of our more than 240 volunteer advocates who are working to fight for the children's best interests.
  • In the last 12 months, CASA advocates contributed more than 23,000 volunteer hours on behalf of abused and neglected children.
  • Key to building resilience in children in the presence of one, stable relationship with a trusting adult. In the last year, 95% of children maintained the same CASA advocate throughout the year, in contrast to changes in foster placements and rapid turnover of case workers.

In 2020, CASA embarks on a strategic planning process that will align our vision for the future with tangible action strategies. These goals will include serving more children through diligent recruitment and training, expanding program outcomes measurements, increasing fundraising and maintaining a focus on culturally-competent, trauma-informed strategies of service. 
  • 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 525 abused and neglected children, including 140 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.
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 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 $896,100.00
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

Key success indicators in 2017: 

Safety: 99% of children with a CASA advocate did not experience further abuse and neglect while in care.

Supporting Resiliency: 95% of children had the same CASA, providing a trusted, consistent adult presence, a protective factor for building resiliency in traumatized youth. 

New in 2018: CASA piloted a new Caregiver Survey to secure evaluation feedback children's caregivers on perceived value of CASA services. Survey results from respondents:

  • 100% indicate the CASA “fosters a positive relationship with the child.”
  • 100% affirm the volunteer's primary focus has been the best interests of the child(ren).
  • 96% indicate the CASA volunteer has made a beneficial impact on the child(ren). 
 
CASA served 444 children in 2017, and expects to serve 470-480 in 2018, continuing a five-year trend of increasing services to more child victims.  
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.
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 Mary* was taken into foster care nearly a year prior to her being assigned a CASA advocate. Mary was removed from her home due to sexual abuse at the hands of her father and sexual exploitation perpetrated by other adults. When Marsha was appointed as Mary's CASA, she discovered Mary lacked therapy services for several months. Marsha urgently brought this to the court's attention. When the Judge learned about the lack of therapy for the child he demanded that it be put in place immediately. Due to frequent turnover in case workers, the CASA advocates has been the adult monitoring the child’s therapy closely to make certain treatment is consistent. Unfortunately, Mary's foster placement was disrupted. Yet, Marsha is working to ensure Mary's treatment continue. Marsha has become a trusted constant to Mary. Mary looks forward to Marsha's visits and even wrote a note to the Judge informing him Marsha is, "the best CASA in the world."
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 $260,000.00
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
  • 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.
  • Improved health literacy among transition-age youth
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 150 children needing a volunteer advocate.  Additional funding is needed for professional program staff to recruit and train even more 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
Experience

Amy Boydston joined the agency as Executive Director in May 2016. The Executive Director supervises the Director of Volunteer Training and Recruitment and Program Director. Mrs. Boydston comes to CASA with 18 years of experience in child abuse and victimization, having served as Vice President of the local children’s advocacy center and Executive of the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Kansas. Mrs. Boydston has history of successful grant management of government and private grants, and in staff supervision, training on child abuse issues, and as a liaison with national and regional funders.

Former CEOs
NameTerm
Anne Marie AlbrightJan 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 10
Paid Part-Time Staff 3
Paid Contractors 1
Volunteers 250
Retention Rate 87%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 13
Male 0
Not Specified 0
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 CASA2018
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
National CertificationNational CASA Association2014
State CertificationKansas Office of Judicial Administration/Supreme Court2019
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. Nate Lindstrom
Company Affiliation Lockton Companies
Term Apr 2019 to Apr 2021
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Andrea BernicaBlack & Veatch
Mrs. Milisa FlekierNational Council of Jewish Women
Mr. Jason HendricksPerformance Contracting Group
Mrs. Shannon JohnsonUMB Bank
Mrs. Sarah Lauck
Mrs. Angie LeondedisCommunications Consultant
Mr. Nate LindstromLockton
Mrs Ashtan Martin
Mrs. Danielle PfeisterEMC Corporation
Mr. David PlattRetired
Mrs Kristi PuderGarmin International
Ms. Joy Root
Mr. Allen SkeensBlue Valley School District
Mrs. Caroline WakeMadden-McFarland
Mr. John YorkeThe Economic Club of Kansas City
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 13%
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 BessenbacherThe Bessenbacher Company
Ms. Reida BuehlerArvest Bank
Jason Cole
Mrs. Kerry CosgroveCommunity Volunteer
Mrs. Judy FryeCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Barbara GeorgePartnership Marketing
Ms. Michale Ann KincaidMcGladrey & Pullen
Mr. Dennis McCarthy
Ms. Judi McCueHallmark Cards
Ms. Cindy Meeker
Ms. Joetta MeltonRetired
Ms. Sharon MilensCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Michael MilensCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Ray PaineFirst National Bank
Mr. Terry PhippsGrant Thornton
Mr. Travis Roth
Mrs. Ellen Sommi
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $884,800
Projected Expenses $884,800
Form 990s
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • 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 Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$258,501$399,569$409,688
Government Contributions$335,902$296,172$143,421
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$335,902$296,172$143,421
Individual Contributions------
$73,034$70,272$75,778
$0$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$2,123$1,564$1,233
Membership Dues--$0--
Special Events$161,569$64,408$71,694
Revenue In-Kind$41,307$0$4,349
Other--$74--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$673,434$585,733$602,820
Administration Expense$69,736$80,207$58,606
Fundraising Expense$19,978$80,563$127,395
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.091.110.89
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%78%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$479,513$412,009$317,921
Current Assets$454,777$408,926$308,771
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$38,037$38,515$29,983
Total Net Assets$441,476$373,494$287,938
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities11.9610.6210.30
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments Each year, CASA volunteers donate more than 23,000 hours plus mileage, valued at more than $625,000.  CASA continues to receive funding from diverse sources, including corporate funds (10%), government funds (37%), grants (13%), general contributions (25%), and special events (15%). Annual special events include the Promise of Hope luncheon in April and the Fall Benefit Event in September. 
Other Documents
Top Three Funding Sources2017View
Top Three Funding Sources2013View
Organization Name CASA of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties
Address 6950 Squibb Road
Suite 300
Mission, KS 66202
Primary Phone (913) 715-4040
Contact Email aboydston@casajwc.com
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Amy Boydston
Board Chair Mr. Nate Lindstrom
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lockton Companies
Year of Incorporation 1985
Former Names
Johnson County CASA, Inc.