Jackson County CASA
2544 Holmes
Kansas City MO 64108
2018 Light of Hope Staff Photo
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 984-8200
Fax 816- 842-7788
Mission Statement
The mission of Jackson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is to be a child's voice in court. We recruit, train and support lay volunteers who act as advocates on behalf of the best interests of abused and neglected children. 
  
We have two goals: 
  1. To secure a safe, permanent home for each child.
  2. To advocate for appropriate medical, educational, and therapeutic resources while the child is under Court jurisdiction. 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Angie Blumel
Board Chair Mr. Zach Bickel
Board Chair Company Affiliation Roberston Law Group
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1985
Former Names
Casa Project of Jackson County
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
The heart of our work is providing trained CASA Volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the child welfare system in Jackson County.  CASA Volunteers participate in 30 hours of focused training and undergo a complete background check. They commit to visiting the child or sibling group on their case at least once a month, and attending meetings and court on their behalf. Once they are paired with a child or sibling group in foster care, they are supported by an experienced CASA Case Supervisor and a highly-qualified CASA Staff Attorney.
 
We welcome financial donations to support the staff and training to make this important work possible.  Community supporters can donate via our website (www.jacksoncountycasa-mo.org) or mail a check to our office.  For Missouri taxpayers, all donations to Jackson County CASA of $100 or more annually are eligible for the 50% Missouri Champion for Children Tax Credit.
 
We also welcome financial and in-kind donations for our annual School Supply Drive and our annual Holiday Project.  Please contact info@jacksoncountycasa-mo.org for more details on how to participate in these worthwhile projects for our foster children and youth.
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
The mission of Jackson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is to be a child's voice in court. We recruit, train and support lay volunteers who act as advocates on behalf of the best interests of abused and neglected children. 
  
We have two goals: 
  1. To secure a safe, permanent home for each child.
  2. To advocate for appropriate medical, educational, and therapeutic resources while the child is under Court jurisdiction. 
Background Statement

Jackson County CASA was founded in 1983 to ensure that abused and neglected children in our metropolitan area are given a voice in Court. We have two goals: (1) to secure a safe, permanent home for the child; and, (2) to advocate for appropriate medical, educational, and therapeutic resources while the child is under Court jurisdiction. 

The children CASA serves are exposed to substance abuse, criminal behavior, violence, unstable housing arrangements, poor support systems, inconsistent health care, and the presence of mental health issues. Most CASA children live in temporary placement facilities, foster homes, with relatives, or in treatment facilities. Nearly 60% of the children we serve are minorities. All experience poverty.

For more than 35 years Jackson County CASA has been providing effective advocacy and support services to these children by recruiting, training, and supporting CASA Volunteer Advocates. Working as a team with our CASA Case Supervisors and CASA Staff Attorneys, our heroic CASA volunteers help these children navigate the maze of the child welfare and Family Court systems and work to find them a safe, permanent home.

Impact Statement

We had another record-breaking year in 2017 – growing to serve 1,250 children.  Here are our year-end results:

  • We accepted Court assignment for 444 new children, the most in our agency’s history. We served 1,250 children in 2017, 50 more than we served in 2016.
    • Overall 168 CASA children were adopted or placed with a permanent guardian, compared to 155 last year.
    • 185 CASA children were safely reunified with their biological parents.

  • We trained 90 new CASA Volunteers bringing our number of active CASA Volunteers serving children in 2017 to over 350.
  • All children assigned to CASA received skilled, passionate advocacy for appropriate and timely medical, therapeutic, and educational resources. 
  • Thanks to our CASA "elves" who take on the holiday wish lists of our children, we provided holiday gifts for over 275 children, as well as food and basic hygiene supplies for their families.

We continued our Program for Older Foster Youth that we launched in 2015. In 2017:
  •  CASA Case Managers and CASA Volunteers served 209 youth 14 and older.  Our Case Manager for Older Foster Youth works directly with a caseload of 40-50 teens and young adults.  She is having significant success helping them identify goals, secure safe independent housing, begin seeking employment, and (where appropriate) begin the college search process.    

Despite these efforts, hundreds of children in the care of the Court still lack the benefit of a CASA Volunteer. Right now there are more than 2,800 children under Court jurisdiction in Jackson County due to abuse and neglect, and 600-800 new cases are referred to the Court every year. 
  
Our goal for 2019 is to fund the staff and systems to serve 1,260 of our community's most vulnerable children.
Needs Statement

Because our dedicated CASA volunteers donate thousands of hours each year to help our children, CASA operates on a highly efficient service model. It costs us just over $1,200/year to serve each child.  

  • Jackson County CASA seeks funding for operational support for 2018-19. This support will join with contributions from other public and private funders to pay salaries, insurance, training costs, and utilities, so our staff can continue their vital work supporting the CASA volunteers who help our children. 
  • We are also seeking $150,000 to sustain and grow our Transition Program for Older Foster Youth to serve abused and neglected youth, ages 14-26. This program goes beyond the traditional CASA model to provide focused training and support for CASA Volunteers serving this at-risk age group, as well as direct staff service to older foster youth to help them prepare for independent living after they age out of state care.  
      
Most children who leave the foster care system without a permanent family have no functional adult in their life to provide advice and assistance with daily life issues. Locally, 25% of foster youth who age out become homeless. Because we have a long-term individual relationship with each youth, CASA is well-positioned to help break this desperate cycle.
Service Categories
Children's and Youth Services
Child Abuse Prevention
Victims' Services
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
Geographic Area Served Narrative We serve the children in Jackson County, Missouri who have been placed under the care of the Jackson County Family Court due to parental abuse and/or neglect.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
In May of 2018, I completed my first full year as President and CEO of Jackson County CASA. I am honored to serve an organization that steps in when a child’s world has fallen apart. The cases of child abuse and neglect we see are tragic, and the children we serve have experienced trauma that will affect them for life. Our staff and volunteers currently serve over 44% of the children under the protection of the Jackson County Family Court. We take on challenging cases, the cases of severe trauma and with multiple siblings, cases whose children need the extra support and advocacy that CASA provides. There are no easy cases.
 
Once they are assigned to CASA, each child receives a three-person team comprised of a highly trained CASA Volunteer, an experienced Case Supervisor, and an expert Staff Attorney to ensure that child’s best interests are well represented in court. The team works diligently to make sure each of these children receives the educational, medical, and therapeutic support they need to heal and have hope for a better future. We work toward the goal of a safe, permanent home, for each child, either with a biological parent or relative, or with a new adoptive family. 
 
And for teens who are unlikely to be adopted, we work to help them create a better ending to their story. When a youth has no appropriate relatives or adoptive resources, they receive support not only from their CASA Volunteer, but also from our Older Youth Specialist, who can help them secure housing, get health insurance, find transportation, continue their education, and get a job. With CASA, even after they “age out” of the system, they have someone to call, someone who cares.
 
As the number of cases we handle rises, CASA will continue to advocate for the best interests of all the children we serve. Your commitment to CASA enables us to write a hopeful ending for children whose life story has taken a dark turn. Thank you for your friendship and support.
 
With gratitude,
 
Angie Blumel
Programs
Description
Every child we serve is assigned a three-person team:  
  1. A CASA Volunteer who works one-on-one with that child to understand their history; their family situation; and their medical, therapeutic, and educational needs.
  2. A Case Supervisor who has years of experience in the child welfare system and understands how to access the resources available in our community.
  3.  A CASA Staff Attorney who is an expert on family law and the Jackson County Family Court system.
Together, this team represents the child's best interests. Supported by Case Supervisors and Staff Attorneys, our heroic CASA Volunteers help these children navigate the maze of the child welfare and Family Court systems and work to find them a safe, permanent home.
Program Budget $1,394,520.00
Category Crime & Legal, General/Other Child Abuse Prevention
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
We continue to track the same short-term indicators of success:  
  • 95% of the children represented by Jackson County CASA will not suffer additional incidents of abuse or neglect while receiving the agency's services. 
  • 85% of the children will be living in their planned permanent placements within 18 months of their cases being assigned to Jackson County CASA. 
  • 95% of the children served will not be re-abused and re-enter the Jackson County Family Court system within 3 years of case closure.
Long-Term Success
We have just completed our most successful year in Jackson County CASA history - advocating for 1,250 abused and neglected children in our community with extraordinary results: 
  1. 168 children were adopted or placed with a permanent guardian into safe, permanent homes.
  2. 185 children were safely reunited with their biological families.
  3. All of our CASA children received timely services while under Court jurisdiction.
Program Success Monitored By Jackson County CASA measures the outcomes of closed cases on a monthly  basis to assess progress. Case data on the children served by the program is entered, managed, and analyzed by supervisory and legal staff using the proprietary CASA OPTIMA database system. Substantiated Hotline reports and child placement data are recorded. Children who had Jackson County CASA as their guardian ad litem will be reassigned to the program by the Court if they re-enter the system due to a new abuse and neglect referral. Data collected and reviewed by program staff includes court documents and records from the Jackson County Children's Division.
Examples of Program Success We had another record-breaking year – growing to serve 1,250 children in 2017. We accepted Court assignment for 444 new children, the most in our agency’s history. We trained 88 new CASA Volunteers for a total number of 355 active CASA Volunteers in 2017. Our Emergency Assistance and Enrichment program grew to help more children and families with basic needs. We provided holiday gifts for over 275 CASA children, as well as food and basic hygiene items for their families.  For most, these were the only Christmas gifts they received.  We again provided school supplies and age-appropriate backpacks for over 220 school-age children this fall. Most importantly, we continue to advocate for permanent, safe homes for our children. In 2017: 168 CASA children were adopted or placed with a permanent guardian, compared to 155 last year. 185 CASA children were safely reunified with their biological parents.  All children assigned to CASA received skilled passionate advocacy for appropriate and timely medical, therapeutic, and educational resources.
Description
CASA's Transition Program for Older Foster Youth serves abused and neglected children, ages 14-21. This program goes beyond the traditional CASA model to provide focused training and support for CASA Volunteers serving this at-risk age group, as well as direct staff service to older foster youth to help them prepare for independent living after they age out of state care.
 
Most children who leave the foster care system without a permanent family have no functional adult in their life to provide advice and assistance with routine activities and daily life issues.  They lack the information and skills needed to manage even the most rudimentary "work" of ordinary living.  Nationally, 20% of foster youth who age out of the system become homeless.  Our numbers are even worse - more than 25% of youth who age out in the Kansas City area become homeless.
 
Because we already have a long-term individual relationship with each youth, CASA is well-positioned to help break this desperate cycle.
Program Budget $260,660.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short-Term Success By the end of the first year, 90% of the youth assigned to this program will have a concrete goal and action plan for the first year they will live independently after leaving the state child welfare system.
Long-Term Success Our goal is to help 85% of the older youth in this program find safe, stable housing and appropriate education or employment.
Program Success Monitored By CASA keeps complete records for all children and youth in our care in our proprietary OPTIMA database.  We will monitor the records for the youth in this program quarterly for progress.
Examples of Program Success In 2017, we had several promising results from this age group:  CASA Volunteers and staff served over 200 older foster youth ages 14-21. Of these youth, 95% maintained or improved life skills as assessed by National CASA Association’s Life Skills Assessment, a 75-question survey administered bi-annually and designed to measure youth’s preparedness for a healthy transition from foster care to adulthood. Additionally, 94% of youth in this age group whose cases were released by the Family Court in 2017 received a safe, permanent home.
CEO Comments

As chair of the Board of Directors of Jackson County CASA, I am pleased to report the difference that CASA is making in the lives of abused and neglected children in our community.  In 2017 Jackson County CASA advocated for 1,250 children who were removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. These children benefited from the advocacy of more than 350 dedicated CASA Volunteers. Casa recruits trains and support volunteers to speak for the best interests of these children in Court. Our Volunteers make a difference every day by giving their time and skills to help their kids find safe, permanent homes.

CASA Volunteers come from many different walks of life. Some have years of experience working for children and families, and some grew up in the foster care system and have felt the sorrow of moving from home to home firsthand. Two-thirds of CASA Volunteers have full time jobs but are willing to give back to help those children who were put in a bad situation through no fault of their own.
Being a CASA Volunteer doesn’t require any specific background or special education; it only requires a desire to help abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes. We are always looking for committed, caring volunteers to reach out to even more abused and neglected children in the Jackson County court system and to give these children a chance to succeed. 
So, why am I so committed? Because I have hope that the work we are doing at CASA is improving the lives of the children we serve. I am asking you to become part of the hope.

John Newsam
CASA Board Chair 
 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Angie Blumel
Term Start May 2017
Experience
 Angie Blumel, President and CEO of Jackson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), has spent her more than 20-year career in the nonprofit field focusing on serving victims of abuse and working closely with volunteer advocates. As CEO of CASA she is responsible for ensuring the mission of the organization, to serve as the voice in court for child victims of abuse and neglect, is carried out through the work of more than 350 active CASA Volunteers and the dedicated Staff and Board. Prior to joining the team at CASA, Angie served in program and fund development roles at Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA) for 15 years. She also spent five years in Chicago, Illinois working in the field of domestic violence and at a major cultural institution as Manager of Volunteers.
 
Angie has been recognized by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center as a Visionary Voice Award recipient. This award is to recognize the creativity and hard work of individuals around the country who have demonstrated outstanding work to end sexual violence against children and adults. She is also the 2015 recipient of the Advocate of the Year Award presented by the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence for her work advocating on behalf of survivors of sexual abuse and assault.
Angie holds a Master’s in Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Henry W. Bloch School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Human Services from Kansas State University. When she is not working with the amazing Volunteers, Staff and Board at CASA, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching the Royals, reading and exploring Kansas City.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms. Martha GershunDec 2009 - Apr 2017
Senior Staff
Title Director of Case Supervision
Title Director of Volunteer Programs
Title Director of Legal Services
Title Director of Finance and HR
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 22
Paid Contractors 2
Volunteers 380
Retention Rate 83%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 6
Caucasian 20
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1
Other (Please Specify) Bi-racial
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 24
Male 3
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
Jackson County CASA and CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties, Kansas have been actively collaborating on volunteer recruitment and training; public relations and marketing; and special events. Our joint CASA SuperHero 5K attracts more than 1,000 participants and over 100 volunteers each  year.
 
Jackson County CASA is a member of the Child Abuse and Neglect Roundtable, a group of thirty organizations dedicated to improving the lives of abused and neglected children.  We participate in 17 additional task forces and committees in the metro designed to improve outcomes for children and families.  
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
National CASA1997
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
President's Volunteer Service AwardUSA Freedom Corps2007
Kansas City Legal Leaders of the Year AwardThe Daily Record2007
CASA Volunteer of the YearMissouri CASA Association2006
Philly AwardCouncil on Philanthropy2006
Nonprofit of the YearSupport Kansas City2012
State Program Director of the YearMissouri CASA Association2012
Citizenship Award - 15th Annual Women Justice AwardsMissouri Trial Lawyers Weekly2013
Angels in AdoptionU.S. Congress2013
Neighborhood Builder AwardBank of American Charitable Foundation2015
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments

In 1983 the Kansas City Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women established an organization to use community volunteers to help abused and neglected children in the Jackson County Family Court system. More than thirty years latter, in 2017, this organization –Jackson County CASA– recruited, screened, trained, and supervised over 355 community volunteers who advocated for the best interest of 1,250 children, helping these children find the services they need to heal and grow and to be placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.  

The Jackson County CASA volunteers are supported by a highly qualified and dedicated professional staff. This staff, and the training and guidance they provide the volunteer advocates, is supported by the generosity of the good people of greater Kansas City. This support comes from individuals, corporations, foundations, community organizations, public agencies and fund raising events which enables Jackson County CASA to leverage the many hours donated by its volunteers. This efficient model provides advocacy for less than $1,200 per child. 
  
Since its founding, Jackson County CASA volunteer advocates have carried out the mission of its founders by helping thousands of abused and neglected children receive medical care, therapy, and developmentally appropriate schooling, and by gathering information that helps the Jackson County Family Court produce better outcomes for these children. 
 
Unfortunately, the number of abused and neglected children in Jackson County continues to grow and the need for volunteer advocates is greater today than it has ever been. Jackson County CASA is making every effort to meet this need and the people of Kansas City are stepping up to help. The Jackson County CASA Board of Directors thanks you for your generous support in carrying on a thirty-five year tradition.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Zach Bickel
Company Affiliation Roberston Law Group
Term Jan 2019 to Dec 2020
Email info@jacksoncountycasa-mo.org
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Gary BussingFinancial Engines
Ms. Lisa CarpenterLittler Mendelsohn
Ms. Kisa Caruthers
Ms. Rebecca DavidU.S. Engineering Company
Ms. Nicole FisherThe Fisher Law Firm
Ms. Sandi FriedCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Shannon GordonGordon Law Firm
Mr. Jon B. GrayFleishman Hillard
Mr. Don KirkpatrickStinson Leonard Street
Ms. Jessica LyonsCommerce Bank
Mr. Mike MaciasLULAC National Educational Service Centers
Mr. Dennis McCarthyex officio, CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties
Mr. Luke McGlynnHallmark
Ms. Mira MdivaniMdivani Corporate Immigration Law Firm
Ms. Jenny MeeganBlack and Veatch
Ms. Twynette NeerAmerican Century
Ms. Stephanie RobinsonBlue Cross, Blue Shield of Kansas City
Mr. Bert SeefeldtAMC Theatres
Ms. Vanessa SimsUMB Financial Services
Ms. Monica TiffanyMerrigan & Co.
Mr. John VaglioShook Hardy Bacon
Ms. Jacquie Ward
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 14
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 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Board Development / Board Orientation
Executive
Finance
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Volunteer
Investment
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Capital Campaign
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $1,787,846
Projected Expenses $1,787,846
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2016, 2015, 2014: 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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$624,730$1,121,088$732,373
Government Contributions$265,156$235,861$248,166
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$265,156$235,861$248,166
Individual Contributions------
$97,738$109,790$5,000
$0$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,522$430$328
Membership Dues--$0$0
Special Events$261,370$203,475$276,221
Revenue In-Kind$6,361$0$0
Other--$755$225
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,075,805$939,347$791,986
Administration Expense$305,494$236,714$218,751
Fundraising Expense$122,538$104,444$127,918
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.841.311.11
Program Expense/Total Expenses72%73%70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,329,494$1,561,366$1,159,198
Current Assets$929,198$1,222,621$846,156
Long-Term Liabilities$0$88,597$74,705
Current Liabilities$107,207$3,522$6,140
Total Net Assets$1,222,287$1,469,247$1,078,353
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities8.67347.14137.81
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%6%6%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountJackson County Family Court  $106,244 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountJackson County Combat  $75,573 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountKansas City Independent Auto Auction  $63,692 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments
At any given time, there are more than 2,800 abused and neglected children who have been removed from their homes and remain under the jurisdiction of the Jackson County Family Court system.   These numbers have been growing dramatically since 2009.   Jackson County CASA has focused significant energy and resources to expand our staff and volunteers to serve this growing need for our services.   The past several years have seen significant pressure from all of our major funding sources. Nonetheless, Jackson County CASA has increased the number of children we serve to 1,250 in 2017 -- the most in the agency's history.  We are on track to further maintain this capacity to serve 1,250 children in 2018 and more in the years to follow.
Other Documents
Jackson County CASA Annual Report2017View
Jackson County CASA Annual Report2016View
Jackson County CASA Annual Report2015View
Jackson County CASA Annual Report2014View
Jackson County CASA Annual Report2013View
Jackson County CASA Annual Report2012View
Jackson County CASA Annual Report2011View
Organization Name Jackson County CASA
Address 2544 Holmes
Kansas City, MO 64108
Primary Phone (816) 984-8200
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Angie Blumel
Board Chair Mr. Zach Bickel
Board Chair Company Affiliation Roberston Law Group
Year of Incorporation 1985
Former Names
Casa Project of Jackson County