Child Advocacy Services Center Inc. (dba The Children's Place)
Two East 59th Street
Kansas City MO 64113

Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 363-1898
Mission Statement
The mission of The Children's Place is to nurture and promote the healthy development of young children who have survived abuse, neglect, and trauma by providing specialized services and family support within a safe and caring environment.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Ann Thomas
Board Chair Mrs. Ann Tinsman
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1976
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement The mission of The Children's Place is to nurture and promote the healthy development of young children who have survived abuse, neglect, and trauma by providing specialized services and family support within a safe and caring environment.
Background Statement

In 1976, concerned citizens including medical, social service, and law enforcement officials in metropolitan Kansas City joined together to address the troubling increase of substantiated child abuse cases in the community. In 1978, The Children’s Place opened the day treatment program, a therapeutic preschool for children ages six and younger who had experienced abuse, neglect, or other traumas. In 1986, the agency added outpatient services for children experiencing any type of trauma from events ranging from divorce to the grief of losing a loved one. Later, the agency also began providing one-time developmental screenings to children entering the custody of the Jackson County Children’s Division. In 1998, the agency added parent support services to provide training and support to prospective foster and adoptive parents and in-home case-management for caregivers of children who have experienced maltreatment. In 2018, the agency changed this parent support service program name to family support services to better describe the programs beneficiaries and depth of service. The agency received funding from the Jackson County Child Services Fund to expand and build out family support services program in addition to expanding clinical therapy services to in-home therapy services. In 2011, the agency initiated a large-scale Program Evaluation Project (PEP) to analyze its client clinical treatment process. Through this project, the agency has adopted more sensitive measurements, strengthened discharge criteria, developed an assessment schedule, and used data to adapt programs to ensure that clients are receiving the most effective and clinically-sound treatment. The PEP will enter its next phase in mid-2018, with the support of private foundation support, which will allow agency leadership to further monitor and adjust programming to meet the needs of a highly-evolving population of children who have experienced more extensive traumas and thus have greater needs.

Throughout the agency’s history, key focus areas have been on removing barriers to care, providing free transportation to and from the day treatment program, reduced cost or free outpatient services, in-home therapy, and other supportive services such as weekend food backpacks for food insecure families, healthy meals and snacks for day treatment program children, and connections to other community resources.

Impact Statement

2017 Accomplishments:

  • Services were provided to 585 children and families. These services included therapy to children in the day treatment program, outpatient services, case management, behavioral screenings, in-home services, and family support services. 
  • Agency leadership has strategically embarked on fully integrating two evidence-based practices into the treatment modalities offered by agency therapists.  All therapists are trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).  The agency employs an in-house trainer for each modality.  
  • The agency implemented Conscious Discipline into the day treatment program, providing a more consistent social/emotional supportive learning environment. According to the standardized assessments, seventy-five percent of children who struggled with social/emotional development showed improvements, indicating they have developed stronger relationships with their peers, teachers, and caregivers. This is a fifteen percent increase from 2016 data.

 
2018 Objectives:

  • To ensure the highest quality of treatment, the agency will continue the tracking and reporting of new outcomes measurement tools to better report the progress of children in the program through the agency’s Program Evaluation Program (PEP).
  • To overcome barriers to service, the agency will expand the reach by providing in-home services through the expansion of family support services and the addition of an in-home outpatient child and family therapist.
  • To prepare children for kindergarten, the agency will focus on providing more individualized instruction, to create positive attachments and coaching opportunities to teach to better self-regulate, which studies show is a bedrock of academic success. 

Needs Statement

  • Community and foundation support for the agency's continued implementation of evidence-based practices.
  • Ongoing continuing education support for the agency’s teaching and clinical staff to allow them to remain leaders in their field in treating young children who have suffered abuse, neglect or trauma.
  • General operating support to ensure optimum delivery to clients of all three agency programs.
  • Volunteer support including morning/afternoon classroom assistants, reading buddies, green thumbs in the therapeutic greenhouse green thumbs, help with the beautification of building and grounds, food to support the weekend food-pack program, and clothing for children.

Service Categories
Children's and Youth Services
Child Abuse Prevention
Mental Health Treatment
Areas of Service
MO
KS
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Currently, in the state of Missouri, twelve percent of children have experienced more than three traumas by the age of seventeen (Jackson County Children’s Division, June 2017). Children six years and younger served by the agency’s day treatment program have experienced more traumas than the general public with seventy-eight percent having experienced three or more traumas, and of those, twenty-one percent have experienced eight or more. However, we at The Children's Place believe in the unlimited capacity of the human spirit to overcome difficulties.
To support these children, The Children’s Place has an accomplished, well-trained staff and active board that understand the agency's mission and the work that must be done to treat young children who have experienced the most amount of trauma. The agency also has strong auxiliary groups, including the Angels Board and Young Advisory Board, who help with funding and community awareness.
The biggest challenge that the agency, board and staff face is making sure these children have positive results. To that end, we continue to focus on clinically proven treatment models in our programs and using effective methods to track our results. Every day we work to be better at what we do; to change and adjust as necessary to meet our goals for the children we serve and to reach out to serve as many children as possible.
Programs
Description Day Treatment Program - A year-round therapeutic, transdisciplinary early childhood education program serving children ages one to six years old. Children who qualify receive twenty-six hours of weekly on-site agency treatment services (structured classroom settings, speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, and individual/family therapy) for an average fifteen months each. The program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and is designed to remediate delays and to help young children achieve typical functioning in the areas of social, emotional, language, motor, and cognitive development.
Program Budget $1,800,481.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5), People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Seventy-five percent of children exhibiting symptoms and impact of traumatic events as identified by adult reports, screenings, and assessments, will lessen through by receiving evidence-based and well-researched mental health treatment according to the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Young Children (TSCYC).
Eighty percent of children will demonstrate improvements in their ability to experience and create safe, trusting relationships with adults to establish a strong foundation for future learning and social success according to the Battelle Developmental Inventory (BDI-2).
Eighty percent of children will improve their ability to regulate emotions which will allow for future social and mental health success according to the Self Regulation Checklist.
Long-Term Success Children who have experienced multiple traumatic events function and thrive within their families and communities. These children will not suffer from the long-term medical, social-emotional, and mental health issues associated with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) as they have received the effective interventions to alter their current trajectory in life.
Program Success Monitored By In addition to assessments, regular treatment meetings allow The Children’s Place staff to closely monitor client progress. During weekly team meetings, which include the vice president of program administration, the director of early childhood education, the director of clinical services, therapists, teachers, and a Children’s Division specialist, the progress of each child is discussed, the need for additional resources, or ideas for enhancing particular aspects of treatment are communicated. A discharge matrix has been developed for evaluation in rounds. Clinical judgment, along with a detailed scoring system is used to accurately determine if a child is appropriate for graduation. This matrix system has created a higher standard of care that can also be shared with a child’s family to show progression through treatment and allow for greater transparency.
Examples of Program Success Most notably, in 2017, children in day treatment program showed considerable improvement in personal/social and adaptive categories. The entire agency began a three-year implementation of Conscious Discipline, an evidence-based program that provides adults with the social-emotional tools necessary to establish strong relationships and to sharpen skills that allow them to be more attuned to a child’s emotional needs. Conscious Discipline training provided key staff and program volunteers with the tools necessary to be aware of their own emotional states and to begin to understand how one’s own emotional state impacts their own relationship with a child. According to the BDI-2, seventy-five percent of children who scored in the at-risk or clinical range improved their Personal-Social skills, indicating they have developed stronger relationships with their peers, teachers, and caregivers. This is a fifteen percent increase from 2016 data.
Description

Outpatient Services - Evidence-based clinical mental health treatment services to children eight years and younger who have experienced abuse, neglect, or other traumas. Services include developmental screenings, psychiatric evaluations, case management, and individual and family therapy. 

Program Budget $687,976.00
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Child Abuse Counseling
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5), Families, At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Seventy-five percent of children who complete treatment will have scores within the typical range, indicating that their behaviors are more consistent with those of children the same age who have not experienced trauma according to the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Young Children (TSCYC).
Long-Term Success

Children who have experienced multiple traumatic events function and thrive within their families and communities. These children will not suffer from the long-term medical, social emotional, and mental health issues associated with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) as they have received the effective interventions to alter their current trajectory in life.

Program Success Monitored By An individual treatment plan is developed for each child based on initial assessments of his/her functioning. The treatment plan specifies treatment goals, objectives and criteria for discharge. Outcomes data from all records are aggregated to produce quarterly discharge reports.  In addition, caregiver satisfaction is measured twice a year.  Along with quarterly chart audits, quarterly client outcomes reports are reviewed by the program team to identify trends, patterns, and areas of concern and to recommend actions to address concerns. The Leadership Group and the Board Assessment Committee review the reports and the areas of concern identified. Improvement actions are recommended by the program teams. These reporting and evaluation activities are an integral component of the agency’s continuous quality improvement system ensuring delivery of high-quality services.
Examples of Program Success Most notably, in 2017, sixty-four percent of children who graduated from outpatient services showed an improvement in their Trauma Symptom Checklist for Young Children scores, meaning they exhibited a decrease in nightmares, hypervigilance, and startling, which are outward expressions of a child who has experienced trauma. 
Description Parent groups and/or individual in-home support services for biological, foster, and adoptive parents who need professional guidance and support to develop skills to increase parental capacity and to decrease parental stress in order to care and effectively meet the needs of a child who has experienced abuse, neglect, and other traumas.
Program Budget $124,092.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Parenting Education
Population Served Adults, Adults,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Ninety percent of families receiving services will report feeling less stressed according to the Parental Stress Index (PSI).
Long-Term Success The family support services program serves to improve the ability of biological, foster, and adoptive parents/caregivers to meet the mental health and developmental needs of children in their care through parent education, training, and in-home visitation. The overall goal of the program is to increase the knowledge and the skills of parents/caregivers in order to improve parent-child interactions, reduce placement moves, and prevent future child abuse and neglect.
Program Success Monitored By All clients receiving in-home services are screened, and individual treatment plans are developed to address the needs identified. Individual complete the Parenting Stress Inventory (PSI) to assess progress to ensure completeness and quality of documented services toward achieving desired outcomes. 
Examples of Program Success The goal of the family support services program is to improve parenting skills and family relationships and prevent abuse and neglect through parent education support, and in-home services to biological, foster and adoptive parents and kinship caregivers. The intended outcomes for the program's in-home services is ninety percent of caregivers will report feeling less stressed and more competent as a caregiver. 
CEO Comments The Children's Place is extremely proud of the unique programs and services we provide to the youngest children in the Kansas City community and are committed to the highest standards of quality treatment and fiscal responsibility. The organization is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and The Joint Commission. Programs have expanded over the years to create a full continuum of services, to meet the developmental, social, emotional, and mental health needs of children who have experienced many traumatic events including abuse and neglect.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Ann Thomas
Term Start Sept 2015
Experience In September 2015, Ann Thomas was named President/CEO of The Children's Place. Ann received her master’s degree from the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare. She is a licensed clinical social worker and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and has spent over twenty years providing mental health treatment to young children and their families. Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at MidAmerica Nazarene University, with over fifteen years of experience teaching mental health practitioners the skills of play therapy and ways to help children flourish in all environments. Ann has been an advisor to Sesame Street In Communities assisting with the development of the content about traumatic experiences. Ann has presented numerous workshops both nationally and internationally
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
David Matson Aug 2008 - Sept 2015
Mr. Alan J. Murray Jan 1996 - Aug 2008
Senior Staff
Title Vice President of Finance & Operations
Title Vice President of Program Administration
Title
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 37
Paid Part-Time Staff 5
Volunteers 450
Paid Contractors 5
Retention Rate 98%
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 Children's Place maintains several formal and informal partnerships and collaborations with agencies throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area including the Jackson County Children’s Division, Crittenton Children’s Center, and the Child Abuse Roundtable.
The agency’s President and CEO works closely with Sesame Street in Communities, a new initiative designed to help children cope with traumatic experiences. Sesame Street is piloting this initiative in three communities nationwide, including Kansas City.
The agency has a partnership with the University of Kansas Clinical Child Psychology department and their Child and Family Services Clinic called the Program Evaluation Process (PEP). The PEP oversees the data collection and analysis process to ensure the services provided are resulting in significant and positive changes in the lives of the children served.
Nationally, the agency is an affiliate member of the National Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and has assisted two other community leaders in Sacramento and Denver to create similar treatment programs for young children.
External Assessment and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) - Behavioral Health Care Accreditation1989
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - 3 Year Accreditation2017
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
1st agency in KC named as a "Show-Me Solution"; 2nd agency in the state so named.MO Governor Matt Blunt2006
Monroe E. Trout Award - National FinalistPremier Cares2012
Chiefs Charity Game RecipientChiefs NFL2015
Chiefs Charity Game RecipientChiefs NFL2016
Chiefs Charity Game RecipientChiefs NFL2017
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments The Children's Place has a strong, active Board of Directors committed to working with staff to ensure the fulfillment of the agency's mission. Members of the Board of Directors are fully engaged in the overall operation of the agency, plan strategically, monitor agency performance, and provide legal and fiscal oversight.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Ann Tinsman
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2018
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Ann Anthony Blue Cross Blue Shield
Dr. Vincent Barone Children's Mercy South
Mr. Jacob (Jeb) Bayer Polsinelli Shughart
Mr. Matt Benge Assured SRA
Ms. Kalinda Calkins BOK Financial / MoBank
Mr. Michael Ensz KPMG
Ms. Katie Erwin FleishmanHillard
Ms. Angela Fera Johnson County Med-Act
Ms. Gretchen FitzGerald Blue Cross Blue Shield
Ms. Celeste Greenlee Junior League of Kansas City
Mrs. Melanie Griffey Community Volunteer
Mr. Scott Hall Chamber of Commerce
Mr. David Helen Accenture Kansas City
Ms. Laura Jones Community Volunteer
Dr. Christy Kleinsorge Children's Mercy South
Ms. Nora Lockton Community Volunteer
Ms. Josephine Njoroge Community Volunteer
Mr. Mitch Peterson LG
Mr. Chad Rock BMO Harris Bank
Ms. Stacey Saladin Keller Williams Realty Partners
Ms. Anne Scharf Kansas City Chiefs
Mr. Paul Schieber Sprint
Mr. Aaron Siders Commerce Bank
Mr. Meyer Sosland Sosland Publishing
Mr. Nathan Tesmer JP Morgan Chase
Ms. Mabel Tinjaca Community Volunteer
Mrs. Ann Tinsman Community Volunteer
Mr. Richard Wetzel Centric
Ms. Mary Widmer Service Management Group
Mr. Adam Zieren BKD, LLP
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 27
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 14
Female 16
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 72%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 95%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Executive
Operations
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Program / Program Planning
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Development / Board Orientation
CEO Comments The Children's Place is fortunate to have a very strong, active Board of Directors committed to working with staff to ensure the fulfillment of the agency's mission. Members of the Board of Directors are fully engaged in the overall operation of the agency and work closely with staff to ensure the efficacy of the agency's programs and services. Due to the accreditation with the Joint Commission, stringent policies and procedures for these agencies are in place for The Children's Place. 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $3,087,742
Projected Expenses $3,087,742
Endowment Value $1,286,390
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.  
  • 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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$852,761$950,269$578,745
Government Contributions$1,293,688$1,308,315$0
Federal----$0
State----$0
Local----$0
Unspecified$1,293,688$1,308,315$0
Individual Contributions----$105,401
$121,772$117,815$134,345
$2,094$2,302$1,335,004
Investment Income, Net of Losses$37,950$76,758$123,812
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$870,891$491,732$290,230
Revenue In-Kind$0$12,412$0
Other$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$2,305,121$2,182,059$2,038,412
Administration Expense$236,393$239,751$230,642
Fundraising Expense$311,079$223,547$180,802
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.111.121.05
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%82%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue10%8%16%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$3,147,878$2,915,184$2,638,838
Current Assets$902,677$796,043$569,378
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$117,458$155,041$191,127
Total Net Assets$3,030,420$2,760,143$2,447,711
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities7.695.132.98
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountState of Missouri $1,099,945 --Health Care Foundation of Kansas City $177,670
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountHealth Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City $196,050 --United Way of Greater Kansas City $131,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountJackson County Mental Health Levy $186,606 --REACH Healthcare Foundation of Kansas City $99,590
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Campaign Purpose As the agency continues to meet the growing need for services, agency leadership are exploring a campaign to fund facility enhancements. To support this expansion, leadership has recently secured the services of a capital campaign consultant who will lead the process of donor solicitation.
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments The Board of Directors and staff of The Children's Place are committed to ensuring that the agency remains fiscally responsible and financially sound. The agency has sought to diversify earned revenue streams and increase private contributions, while carefully managing administrative and management expenses. The Board of Directors and staff responsibly administer and provide program services within defined budget parameters to ensure the financial health, viability, and effectiveness of the services provided to the community.
Organization Name Child Advocacy Services Center Inc. (dba The Children's Place)
Address Two East 59th Street
Kansas City, MO 64113
Primary Phone (816) 363-1898
Contact Email information@tcpkc.org
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Ann Thomas
Board Chair Mrs. Ann Tinsman
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 1976