Jackson County CASA
2544 Holmes
Kansas City MO 64108
CASA Staff, 2017 Light of Hope
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 Ms. Collin Thomas
Board Chair Company Affiliation Torrent Group
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1985
Former Names
Casa Project of Jackson County
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.  

CASA's children 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. More than 60% of the children we serve are minorities. Nearly all are indigent.
 
For more than 34 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 2016 – growing to serve 1,200 children.  Here are our year-end results: 

  • We accepted Court assignment for 441 new children, the most in our agency’s history.  This is 23% more than our 359 new children in 2015.

  • Overall we served 1,200 children, compared to 1,149 in 2015, an increase of 4.4%.

  • We trained 90 new CASA Volunteers for a total number of 372 active CASA Volunteers in 2016.

  • We provided holiday gifts for 287 CASA children, as well as food and basic hygiene items for their families.  

  • We again provided school supplies and age-appropriate backpacks for over 100 school-age children this fall.

  • We continue to advocate for permanent, safe homes for our children.  In 2016:

    • 155 CASA children were adopted or placed with a permanent guardian, compared to 117 last year.

    • 184 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. 

  • We launched our new Program for Older Foster Youth in September 2015. In 2016:

    • CASA Case Managers and CASA Volunteers served 209 youth 14 and older.  

    • Our new Case Manager for Older Foster Youth (hired in September 2015) is directly working wiith a caseload of 30 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 remain on a waiting list for our services. Right now there are more than 2,300 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 2017 is to fund the staff and systems to expand our capacity to serve 1,250 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 $1,000/year to serve each child.  

  • Jackson County CASA seeks funding for operational support for 2017-18. 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 $145,000 to sustain and grow our new Transition Program for Older Foster Youth to serve abused and neglected youth, ages 15-21. 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 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
Housing Search Assistance
Child Abuse Prevention
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
As the new President and CEO of Jackson County CASA, I am proud 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 40% 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 serves 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 $844,727.00
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 1,200 abused and neglected children in our community with extraordinary results: 
  1. 155 children were adopted or placed with a permanent guardian into safe, permanent homes.
  2. 184 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 1,200 children in 2016. We accepted Court assignment for 441 new children, the most in our agency’s history. This is 23% more than our 359 new children in 2015. Overall we served 1,200 children, compared to 1,149 in 2015, an increase of 9%. We trained 90 new CASA Volunteers for a total number of 372 active CASA Volunteers in 2016. We provided holiday gifts for 287 CASA children, as well as food and basic hygiene items for their families.  We again provided school supplies and age-appropriate backpacks for over 100 school-age children this fall. We continue to advocate for permanent, safe homes for our children. In 2016: 155 CASA children were adopted or placed with a permanent guardian, compared to 117 last year. 184 CASA children were safely reunified with their biological parents.
Description
CASA's new Transition Program for Older Foster Youth serves abused and neglected children, ages 15-21. 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.
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 80% 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 This is a new program.  We hope to have information on success stories by next year.
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 2016 Jackson County CASA advocated for 1,200 children who were removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. These children benefited from the advocacy of 372 dedicated CASA Volunteers.
 
Volunteers are the heart of CASA. They are the experts on their children’s cases. They attend trainings, visit and assess the children, and talk to their teachers, social workers, and therapists. They meet with social workers and others to determine the best plans for these children, and they relay this information to the Family Court. Most of all, they listen to the children’s fears, hopes, and dreams and earn their trust. They benefit from the extra training, support, and guidance provided by the professional staff of Jackson County CASA.
 
Not all children can return home or find a new family. So after a full year of our new program directing additional services to our Older Foster Youth, we are beginning to see progress. Several have moved into transitional apartments, and are setting their own goals for education and employment. Some have even started college. CASA Volunteers can stay in contact with these youth even after they leave the care of the Court, and these youth can continue to rely on CASA for assistance with their transition to adulthood. We are excited by the promise this program is showing.
 
For seven years, Jackson County CASA benefited from the dynamic leadership of former Executive Director Martha Gershun, who in late 2016 announced her planned retirement. Now the Board is equally committed to supporting her successor, Angie Blumel, who brings a strong background in development to her passion for helping children. She has made it CASA’s goal to provide a trained CASA Volunteer for 1,250 children in 2017, bringing us closer to our goal of serving 50% of the children in the Jackson County child welfare system. To reach this goal, we will need the continued generous support of the caring people of Kansas City and even more heroic CASA Volunteers.
 
I am confident that with your help, Jackson County CASA will continue to improve the lives of more children than ever.
 
Collin Thomas
Board Chair
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Angie Blumel
Term Start May 2017
Compensation $100,001 - $125,000
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 300 active CASA Volunteers and the dedicated Staff and Board. Prior to joining the team at CASA, Angie served in programmatic 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 Juliene Maska 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.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms. Martha Gershun Dec 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 20
Paid Part-Time Staff 4
Volunteers 380
Paid Contractors 2
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 4
Caucasian 19
Other 1
Other (Please Specify) Bi-racial
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 22
Male 2
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.
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
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 2015, this organization –Jackson County CASA– recruited, screened, trained, and supervised over 360 community volunteers who advocated for the best interest of 1,149 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 $1,000 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-year tradition.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Collin Thomas
Company Affiliation Torrent Group
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2017
Email info@jacksoncountycasa-mo.org
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Greg Adams Swope Community Enterprises/Swope Health Services
Mr. Zach Bickel The Robertson Law Group
Mr. Gary Bussing Financial Engines
Ms. Rebecca David U.S. Engineering Company
Mr. Jon B. Gray Fleishman Hillard
Ms. Jacque Hansen Black & Veatch
Mr. Don Kirkpatrick Stinson Leonard Street
Dr. John Lantos M.D.Children's Mercy Hospital & Clinics
Mr. Mike Macias LULAC National Educational Service Centers
Ms. Kelly McCambridge McCambridge Law LLC
Mr. Dennis McCarthy ex officio, CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties
Mr. Luke McGlynn Hallmark
Ms. Mira Mdivani Mdivani Corporate Immigration Law Firm
Ms. Taylor Miller Cerner Corporation
Mr. John Newsam NHI General Adjusters, Retired
Ms. Angie Kuhlman Proctor American Century Investments
Mr. Andy Schuerman Park Hill High School
Mr. Bert Seefeldt AMC Theatres
Ms. Vanessa Sims UMB Financial Services
Mr. J.D. Stephney Burns & McDonnell
Ms. Collin Thomas Torrent Group
Ms. Monica Tiffany Merrigan & Co.
The Honorable John Torrence 16th Circuit Court of Jackson County, MO
Ms. Heather Townsend-Macan Grant Thornton
Mr. John Vaglio Shook Hardy Bacon
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 20
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 15
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 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
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $1,411,000
Projected Expenses $1,551,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FY 2013: 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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$1,121,088$732,373$602,514
Government Contributions$235,861$248,166$220,768
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$235,861$248,166$220,768
Individual Contributions------
$109,790$5,000$0
$0$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$430$328$1,092
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$203,475$276,221$212,224
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$755$225$700
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$939,347$791,986$703,811
Administration Expense$236,714$218,751$150,173
Fundraising Expense$104,444$127,918$120,318
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.311.111.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses73%70%72%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue6%10%12%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,561,366$1,159,198$1,019,490
Current Assets$1,222,621$846,156$709,183
Long-Term Liabilities$88,597$74,705$61,733
Current Liabilities$3,522$6,140$3,062
Total Net Assets$1,469,247$1,078,353$954,695
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities347.14137.81231.61
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets6%6%6%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
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
At any given time, there are more than 2,300 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 1,200 in 2016 -- the most in the agency's history.  We are on track to further increase capacity to serve 1,250 children in 2017 and more in the years to follow.
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 Ms. Collin Thomas
Board Chair Company Affiliation Torrent Group
Year of Incorporation 1985
Former Names
Casa Project of Jackson County