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

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.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Ann Thomas
Board Chair Mr. Jacob Bayer
Board Chair Company Affiliation Polsinelli
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1976
Financial Summary
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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
The Child Advocacy Services Center, Inc., d.b.a. The Children's Place, was incorporated in 1976 as the result of an increased awareness regarding the growing incidence of child abuse and neglect. Leaders from the legal, pediatric, law enforcement, volunteer, mental health, and child protection segments of the community banded together to ensure that appropriate treatment services would be available for the very youngest victims of abuse and neglect.
In 1978, The Children's Place opened its doors, providing a multi disciplinary treatment program for victims of abuse and neglect, six weeks through six years of age. Over the last three decades, The Children's Place has extended beyond its original mission to help eliminate child abuse and neglect with an increased focus on research driven, evidence based treatment services for children up to eight years of age.
Today, the Children's Place is a valuable community resource offering a wide continuum of services designed to ensure the health, safety and optimal growth and development of young children.
Impact Statement

2016 Accomplishments:

  •   Services were provided to 518 clients. These services included: therapy to children in the Day Treatment Program, Outpatient Services, case management, behavioral assessments, in-home services and Parenting Support Services.
  • The back pack food program that provides food for the weekend continued to grow. More than 80% of families in the Day Treatment program receive back packs of food on Friday.
  • As the 2015-2017 Chiefs Charity Game beneficiary, The Children's Place welcomed Chiefs players and staff to the agency for visits in the Day Treatment classrooms. The 2016 Chiefs Charity Game was the highest grossing game in the Charity Game’s history, solidifying the agency's beneficiary status for its final year.
  • The Young Advisory Board moved into its sixth year of serving the agency. Their two mainstay events, Brews and BBQ at Boulevard Brewery and Beach Volleyball Tournament at Volleyball Beach, experienced growth in fundraising and piqued interest in the young professionals community.
  • The fourth annual Angels Gala was held. The Gala continued to see increased attendance, which will see a move to a larger venue in 2017. 

2017 Objectives:

  • Continue the implementation, tracking and reporting of new outcomes measurement tools to better report the progress of children in the program.
  • Increase the fundraising goals for this year's Angels Gala.
  • Continue full implementation, now in its second year, of the Conscious Discipline curriculum in Day Treatment classrooms.
  • Continue to expand in-home visits by therapists, as well as certification in evidence-based treatment modalities.
  • Enhance the cultural competence of the agency, its programs and staff and work to diversify members of the Board of Directors.
Needs Statement
  1. Community and foundation support for the agency’s continued implementation of evidence based practices, 
  2. Research support to adapt successful treatment models for older children to younger children; 
  3. General operating support to ensure optimum delivery to clients of all three agency programs;
  4. Ongoing continuing education support for the agency’s teaching staff together with its clinical staff, to allow them to remain leaders in their field in dealing with young children who have suffered abuse, neglect or trauma.
Service Categories
Children's and Youth Services
Child Abuse Prevention
Mental Health Treatment
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
I am proud to serve as Board Chair of The Children’s Place. We have a strong, accomplished and active board that understands the agency's mission and the work that must be done to accomplish it. We have the talents and stability of proven community leaders, clinicians and child advocates. We have strong auxiliary groups, including the Angels Board and Young Advisory Board, who help with funding and community awareness. These community and school based groups are invaluable to the agency.  It is a challenge, particularly during these difficult economic times, to fund the work of the agency. Our income is approximately 1/2 public funding/earned revenue and 1/2 private funding/contributions. Both of these areas are critical to our mission. Shifting public funding sources present constant challenges and make continued private support particularly important. Local foundations have been invaluable to The Children’s Place. Their significant contributions have allowed us to expand our services and we seek to keep them involved and informed about our agency.
The Children’s Place began nearly 40 years ago when physicians at Children’s Mercy Hospital noticed many children being treated showed signs and symptoms of abuse, neglect and trauma. These physicians needed a place to refer young patients; the agency was founded to meet this specific need. The core program at The Children’s Place is our Day Treatment Program. It is an intensive program for the “toughest of the tough” cases. Referrals are from local children’s service agencies and hospitals. Each day we serve over 50 children ages six weeks to six years who have been physically and mentally abused or traumatized by an event in their young lives. Approximately one-half of our total income goes toward maintaining this program. Two other programs serving our core mission have been built around our Day Treatment Services: Outpatient and Parenting Support Services.
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.
Description Therapeutic early education program for young children six weeks to six year of age who have experienced abuse, neglect of other trauma. The Day Treatment Services program provides remediation of developmental delays and/or emotional, behavioral and social problems through comprehensive services (structured classroom settings, speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, and individual/family therapy.) Program capacity is 52 children; each year approximately 100-106 children are served.
Program Budget $1,699,888.00
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 Children participating in the Day Treatment Services program will make significant progress in remediating developmental delays and improving emotional, behavioral and social functioning as indicated by standardized assessment tools and the achievement of established treatment goals and objectives. Children recommended for graduation from the program will be able to transition successfully to less comprehensive and intensive learning and/or treatment environments.
Long-Term Success The Day Treatment Services program provides services to ameliorate adverse effects of severe abuse, neglect and/or pre-natal drug and alcohol exposure experienced by young children 6 weeks to 6 years of age. Many have also experienced other serious trauma such as domestic violence, witnessing homicides and other incidents of family or community violence. The goal of the program is to address these problems as early in life as possible to prepare the children to function successfully in mainstream preschool and school settings as well as in family and community. Research has clearly demonstrated that without early intervention services, these children face uncertain futures with an increased risk for school failure, juvenile delinquency and future violence and dysfunction. The far reaching goal of this program is to ensure access of critically needed services to young children, providing an opportunity for a brighter future as contributing adults in our community.
Program Success Monitored By An individual treatment plan, based on initial developmental and behavioral assessments, is developed for each child in the program. The plans include identified problems, strengths, goals, interventions, and measurable objectives for improvements in functioning. Goals for each child are based on existing level of skills, temperament, support from family/caregivers, and home environment as well as specific mental health diagnoses. Each child’s treatment plan is monitored by a team including a child and family therapist, classroom teacher(s), speech/language pathologist, occupational therapist, and a developmental diagnostician. This team meets regularly with others involved in the child’s life, such as parents/caregivers, social workers, etc. Each child is reassessed at regular intervals to evaluate progress and assist the treatment team in planning how best to meet the child’s needs. The child’s graduation from the Day Treatment Services program is based on progress noted by team recommendation, as well as through progress shown through assessment measures.
Examples of Program Success

When Sam entered treatment, he communicated with his teachers and peers by biting, spitting, and yelling. He couldn’t walk past other children without hitting or kicking them. At 4-years-old, he spent most of his day in isolation so that the teachers and therapists could ensure his safety and the safety of others.

TCP staff knew they could heal Sam. They had done it often with children in far worse circumstances. Sam had a lot to overcome: prenatal exposure to drugs and alcohol, severe neglect by his biological mother, and a father figure who was abusive.

After months of intensive mental health intervention, therapeutic preschool curriculum, and compassionate support, Sam was a completely different child. He smiled all the time; became a star teacher helper tasked with picking other peers to help with classroom responsibilities. Instead of using his fists, Sam gave hugs and looked out for his friends. Most importantly, Sam was headed towards a successful adoption by a caring relative.
Description Mental health evaluation and treatment services for young children and their families. The program addresses emotional, behavioral and/or developmental problems stemming from childhood traumas such as child abuse and/or neglect, family or community violence, substance abuse, grief and loss. Each year 300-400 children/familes are served by this program.
Program Budget $645,872.00
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 Improvement in each child’s emotional, behavioral and social functioning is the goal, enabling them to function successfully in educational, family and societal settings. When parents receive therapy in relation to their children’s treatment, the objective of their treatment is to enable them to be nurturing and effective parents. Services vary depending on each child’s needs. Treatment usually consists of weekly sessions between the therapist and child and/or family members until mutually agreed upon treatment goals are achieved; however, frequency of therapy sessions is based upon the child’s needs. During therapy, incremental steps are achieved helping the child learn how to manage his/her emotions and behaviors along with learning new coping skills such as deep breathing or learning to ask for an adult’s help. Once treatment goals are achieved, the child is discharged with access to further support if needed.
Long-Term Success Sadly, thousands of children in KC have been traumatized, abused and neglected, leaving them at risk for significant mental health issues. Many children in the Outpatient Treatment Services program have experienced multiple traumas. Without therapy, they face uncertain and problematic futures. The far reaching program goal is to improve the lives of children most at risk and set them up for more promising futures. To that end, the agency adopted a strategic plan aimed at increased commitment to research driven clinical practices for young children birth to 8, enhanced family engagement, and improved accessibility to services. The clinical staff members have been trained in and are implementing the 3 treatment interventions determined to be best practices in the field of child abuse treatment, having the greatest level of theoretical, clinical and empirical support. The Children’s Place is the only agency in Kansas City with staff trained in all three of these treatment interventions.
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 outcomes reports. The 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 Quality Council, 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. The entire Board receives client outcomes results as part of quarterly Monitoring Reports, which also include results on indicators for all areas of organizational functioning. 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 In 2016, 54% of children graduated from Outpatient Services. The remaining 46% discharged for reasons outside of the agency's control (e.g. moving out of the service area; caregiver terminated services). Each child who graduated met or exceeded their treatment goals after an average of 12 months at the agency. At intake, 56% of children were in the problematic range for traumatic symptoms. By the end of treatment, this number decreased to 33%, showing an improvement in overall symptoms.
Description Prevention program to assist adults in improving their parenting skills by offering the knowledge and support they need to create a healthy, safe and nurturing environment for children in their care. Services include in-home parenting services and multi-week parenting class sessions to parents/caregivers at high risk for abuse or neglect who are struggling to care for their children. The program also provides foster care/adoption trainings, assessment and adoption case management, crisis adoptive services and adoption support groups. Each year,1,000-1,200 individuals participate in program services.
Program Budget $103,706.00
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 Program participants will enhance their knowledge and skills on a variety of topics: child development, stress management, discipline, communication, child’s play, etc. Many participants are ordered by Family Court or Family Drug Court to complete a parenting education course; others recognize the need to improve their parenting skills. Services include: Parent Education – 6 week parenting education series; In-Home Services for High-Risk Families - intensive in-home services available to families at high risk for child abuse or neglect; Foster/Adoptive Parent Training and Assessment – for families desiring to foster/adopt children in the custody of the State of Missouri or licensed foster/adoptive parents wishing to maintain licensure. Community Education – Training for child care center staff members and home child care providers to increase their knowledge of child/brain development, behavior management and related issues to meet the needs of the children in their care effectively.
Long-Term Success The Parenting 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 prevent child abuse and neglect and improve parent-child interactions and healthy family functioning. The Children’s Place mission is to promote positive mental health and developmental outcomes through prevention, treatment and family support for young children who have experienced abuse, neglect or other trauma. Recognizing that you can not improve a child’s life without including their parents/caregivers in the effort, the board and staff are committed to providing education and support to a wide variety of parents and caregivers. Specific emphasis is given to those families deemed “high-risk” for child abuse and neglect.
Program Success Monitored By All clients receiving in-home services are assessed, and individual treatment plans are developed to address the needs identified. Individual Treatment Plans are reviewed monthly during a chart audit process to ensure completeness and quality of documented services toward achieving desired outcomes. Note that the above outcomes are applicable only to the in-home services provided by the program. Training/group education services are time-limited services and outcomes data related to skills acquisition are not gathered. Evaluations of the trainer and material are conducted and results indicate positive feedback by participants.
Examples of Program Success The goal of the Parenting Support Services program is to improve parenting skills and family relationships and prevent abuse and neglect by providing training, parent education and in-home services to biological, foster and adoptive parents and kinship caregivers. The Intended Outcomes for the program's in-home services is 75% of caregivers who complete the PSI and have initial scores in the borderline or clinically significant range will demonstrate a decrease in the severity of their scores upon completion of treatment. Of the 22 families who currently receive ongoing Parent Support Services, all are working toward these outcomes.
CEO Comments The Children's Place is extremely proud of the unique programs and services we provide to the Kansas City community and are committed to the highest standards of quality. The organization is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and The Joint Commission (formerly the Joint Commission of the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations - JCAHO) to ensure the quality of services as well as the soundness of overall agency operations. The agency is equally committed to meeting the needs of our community's most vulnerable young children. Programs have expanded over the years to create a full continuum of prevention, education and evidence-based treatment services for abused, neglected and/or otherwise traumatized children and their families. Program outcomes are consistently above established thresholds for success. In addition, the agency works collaboratively with many other agencies and individuals to ensure that the needs of our clients are fully met.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Ann Thomas
Term Start Sept 2015
Experience In September 2015, Ann Thomas was named President/CEO of The Children's Place.  Ms. Thomas has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from University of Kansas and Master Degree in Social Work also from the University of Kansas.   She is certified as a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and is an adjunct professor at MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe KS.  She teaches post-graduate adults working towards play therapy certification and has taught the following courses:  Multiculturalism and Play Therapy, Sandtray Therapy and Play Therapy Techniques class.   Ms. Thomas has 18 years of experience providing direct clinical services to children who have experienced trauma or at risk for abuse and neglect.  Her experience and perspective places him well as he leads the agency in its efforts to help heal the youngest survivors of abuse, neglect, and trauma.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
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
Paid Full-Time Staff 36
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
The agency actively participates in strategic collaborations and is a member of many community partnerships, including HOMEFRONT, TIES (Team for Infants Endangered by Substance Abuse), The Kansas City Brain Cadre, the Jackson County Safe Family Initiative, the Early Childhood Special Education Executive Directors Forum, and the Kansas City Metro Child Traumatic Stress Program. The agency is also a member of a national collaborative, the Child-Parent Psychotherapy Learning Collaborative.  In recent years the agency also partnered with Crittenton for HeadStart and CommunityLINC.  Most recently the agency has partnered with Crittenton Children's Center to provide psychiatric nurse practitioner services to children in Day Treatment.  The agency is also part of a program wherein a Children's Division Specialist is placed in the agency once a week. 
External Assessment and Accreditations
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) - Behavioral Health Care Accreditation1989
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
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
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. HR policies and procedures are in place as well.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Jacob Bayer
Company Affiliation Polsinelli
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Board Members
Mrs. Ann Anthony Community Volunteer
Dr. Vincent Barone Children's Mercy South
Mr. Jacob (Jeb) Bayer Polsinelli Shughart
Mr. Matt Benge
Ms. Kalinda Calkins
Mr. Harry S. Campbell Consultant
Ms. DeAnna Dresel Midwest ATC
Ms. Angela Fera
Ms. Gretchen Fitzgerald
Mrs. Melanie Griffey Community Volunteer
Mr. Scott Hall
Dr. Christy Kleinsorge Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics
Ms. Sarah Lauck
Ms. Nora Lockton
Ms. Josephine Njoroge
Mr. Chris Rhoades
Mr. Chad Rock
Dr. Jovanna Rohs Consultant
Ms. Stacey Saladin
Mr. Paul Schieber
Mr. Aaron Siders
Mr. Meyer Sosland World Grain
Mr. Daniel Staker Plastic Packaging Technologies, LLC
Ms. Ann Tinsman
Mr. Richard Wetzel
Ms. Mary Widmer Service Management Group
Mr. Adam Zieren
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 25
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 14
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 67%
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
Board Development / Board Orientation
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Program / Program Planning
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. HR policies and procedures are in place as well.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $2,855,293
Projected Expenses $2,855,293
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
Government Contributions$1,293,688$1,308,315$0
Individual Contributions----$105,401
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
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? No
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. Over the last several years in keeping with an organizational goal of a balanced budget, 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
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Ann Thomas
Board Chair Mr. Jacob Bayer
Board Chair Company Affiliation Polsinelli
Year of Incorporation 1976