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Jackson County CASA

Change a Child's Story

Kansas City, MO   |  www.jacksoncountycasa-mo.org

Mission

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 children who have experienced abuse or neglect.   We have two goals: To secure a safe, permanent home for each child. To advocate for appropriate medical, educational, and therapeutic resources while the child is under Court jurisdiction.

Ruling year info

1986

President and CEO

Ms. Angie Blumel

Main address

2544 Holmes

Kansas City, MO 64108 USA

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Formerly known as

Casa Project of Jackson County

EIN

43-1401328

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Child Abuse, Prevention of (I72)

Victims' Services (P62)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The child welfare system lacks the resources to handle the number of children in the system. Caseworkers are assigned to an overwhelming number of children and the Office of the Guardian ad Litem does not have the resources to represent more than half of the children in the Family Court system. CASA provides Staff Attorneys trained in child welfare to serve as the Guardians ad Litem for approximately 43% of the children in the Family Court system.

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 (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

Every child we serve is assigned a three-person team:  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. A Case Supervisor who has years of experience in the child welfare system and understands how to access the resources available in our community. 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 dedicated 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, with family members when it is safe to do so.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Victims and oppressed people

CASA's Transition Program for Older Foster Youth serves youth, ages 14-21 who have experienced abuse or neglect. This program expands 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 and locally 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.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

National CASA 1997

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Victims of crime and abuse, Foster and adoptive children

Related Program

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children who received school supplies

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Our mission 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 children who have experienced abuse or neglect.  Our vision is to ensure that every child involved with the Jackson County Family Court due to abuse or neglect will grow up in a safe and permanent home. In 2021 we served 1,170 children.  That number is still less than half the children involved in the Jackson County Family Court system.  Historically the court accepts 600-800 new cases each year.

Each child assigned to Jackson County CASA receives a three-person team of support: 1) A Case Supervisor to work with the Children's Division and determine appropriate placement and therapeutic interventions for each child, 2)A CASA Staff Attorney to represent the child's best interests to the court, 3) A trained CASA Volunteer who visits the child or sibling group in their residential placement and listens to the child to learn their needs and what they want to happen in their case. In order to serve the children we are assigned, and to accept even more children, we recruit and train Volunteers to be the best advocates they can be for the children they serve.  Our goal is to train 1200 new Volunteers in 2022 to keep up with the demand.

Our agency is staffed by 7 full-time attorneys who act as Guardians ad Litem for the children assigned to CASA by the Family Court.  They work with 11 full-time Case Supervisors who manage the cases for the 350+ active Volunteers who represent the nearly 1,200 children we serve each year.  Additionally, we have an Older Youth Specialist who focuses on the needs of older youth who will be aging out of the system without a permanent family. We work closely with the Jackson County Children's Division and their local contract agencies to represent the best interests of each individual child.

We now serve more than 50% of the children who are in the Family Court System in Jackson County.

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 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Jackson County CASA

Board of directors
as of 02/07/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. John Vaglio

Shook Hardy Bacon

Term: 2023 - 2023

Don Kirkpatrick (ex oficio)

Stinson Leonard Street

Vanessa Sims

UMB Financial Services

Nicole Fisher

The Fisher Law Firm

Jenny Meegan

Black and Veatch

Twynette Neer

American Century

Stephanie Robinson

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Jessica Lyons

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Shannon Gordon

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Jacquie Ward

Michele Anderson

OMNI Human Resource Management

Frank Armato

Cerner

Kisa Caruthers

Burns & McDonnell

Nicole Fisher

Fisher Law

Suzanne Gunning

Barkley

Peter Kowalski

Asurion

Katie Lord

Proof Positioning

Nate Lindstrom

Lockton

Katherine Taylor

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Keith Bradley

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David Hunt

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The Hon. Janette Rodecap

16th Circuit Court of Jackson County

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/7/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/07/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • 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 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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.