Casa Viva

Until every child has a family

Wheaton, IL   |  https://www.casaviva.org

Mission

OUR FOCUS Casa Viva exists to provide lifegiving solutions for children who have been separated from their families in the developing world. OUR VISION To follow God’s lead by connecting children to family in the name of Christ. OUR DAILY MISSION We will EDUCATE our local and international partners on the need for family based care. We will ENGAGE a response based in local churches and families. We will EQUIP the solution with excellent resources, workshops, conferences and support. We will ENCOURAGE a worldwide response that considers family first.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Mr. Philip Aspegren

Director

Mrs. Jill Aspegren

Main address

PO Box 120

Wheaton, IL 60187 USA

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EIN

26-2341918

NTEE code info

Foster Care (P32)

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Children need families. When children become separated from their own families because of abuse, abandonment or neglect, the solution is families. Estimates say there are 8 million children living in orphanages worldwide. The effects of institutionalization are well documented. Children need to experience connection in local families to be able to heal from their past traumas and be ready for their futures.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Casa Viva Costa Rica

Casa Viva Costa Rica is caring for children in families in partnership with the local church and national government. We care for Costa Ricans most vulnerable children in local Christian families.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families
People of Latin American descent
Foster and adoptive parents

Working with orphanages and new project start-ups in Latin America and beyond, Casa Viva Solutions offers consulting and training to transition toward care for children based in families.

Services offered include:
* Onsite evaluations of existing orphanage projects
* Onsite trainings for leadership and caregivers
* In Costa Rica trainings for Latin professionals
* Ongoing consultations for leaders
* Dual language English and Spanish available

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families
People of Latin American descent
Foster and adoptive parents

Where we work

Awards

Innovation for Orphan Care 2012

Christian Alliance for Orphans

Affiliations & memberships

Christian Alliance for Orphans 2021

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Casa Viva Costa Rica
1. Develop family based care for children in Costa Rica, including foster care, reunification and adoption. In 2021, Casa Viva will place our 1,000th child in foster care through local Christian families.
2. Engage the church and local government to pursue the best long term interest of the children.
3. Pursue local sustainability. 100% of the staff of Casa Viva Costa Rica are Costa Ricans. 90% of the funds for Casa Viva Costa Rica are generated from local sources.

Casa Viva Solutions
1. See family become the first solution for children separated from their own family globally, but especially in Latin America.
2. Help children's homes expand their care alternatives to be more family like and to include reunification, fostering and adoption for the children.
3. Support governments to reform the national care system for countries, especially in Latin America.

Casa Viva Costa Rica (CVCR)
Develop a Christian Child and Family agency with the following key components.
1. Local professional team who are trained to support foster, adoptive and reunified families. Currently, CVCR has 25 local staff members.
2. Engage local churches to participate for children. CVCR currently has 40 active partner churches.
3. Partner closely with the local government. CVCR works closely with PANI, Costa Rica's child welfare agency.
4. Pursue local sustainability by securing income from national sources. Currently, 90% of the funding for CVCR comes from Costa Rican sources.
5. Place children in families. CVCR will place their 1,000th child in a family in early 2021.
6. Pursue the best long term solution for each child in care. 60% of CVCR's children are reunified to biological or extended families. 30% are adopted (mostly nationally). 8% continue in long term foster care. Less than 2% do not find a solution in a family.

Casa Viva Solutions
1. Develop a micro initiative that offers every children's home and orphanage in Latin America an opportunity to walk through a training and transition process to expand their care alternatives to include families.

Staff: Casa Viva has 30 employees, 28 of whom are Latins living in Costa Rica.

Offices: Casa Viva Costa Rica (CVCR) has three offices in Costa Rica to serve local foster and reunified families

Government relationship: CVCR enjoys a close relationship with the child welfare and judicial offices in Costa Rica

Church relationship: CVCR works with Evangelical and Catholic churches and families to provide solutions for children.

Training: Casa Viva staff are trained to be able to train and support foster, adoptive and reunified families.

Orphanage relationships: Casa Viva is interacting with hundreds of orphanages and children's homes every year through virtual and in person trainings. These relationships lead to dozens of children's homes entering a contractual relationship with Casa Viva to help them transition.

Global partners: Through our global contacts, Casa Viva is one piece in the global puzzle of care reform for children who have become separated from their families.

Casa Viva Costa Rica
Has placed 900 children in families
Of the children leaving our program 60% have returned to biological or extended families, and 30% have been adopted, most nationally
Works closely with 40 partner churches
Coordinates closely with the national government
Has a Latin staff of 25 people trained to support foster, adoptive and reunified families

Casa Viva Solutions
Has trained orphanage and government leaders in 20 countries, mostly in Latin America
Has worked with dozens of orphanages to help them expand their services to see children cared for in families.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Casa Viva is expanding their services to reunified children and their biological families post reintegration.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Casa Viva

Board of directors
as of 12/19/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Doug Knox

Tyndale House Publishers

Term: 2008 -

Douglas Knox

Tyndale House Publishers

Robert Jagt

Grifols

Edee Schulze

Westmont University

Philip Aspegren

Casa Viva

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/19/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/19/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.