Cornerstones of Care

Kansas City, MO   |  www.cornerstonesofcare.org

Mission

The mission of Cornerstones of Care is partnering for safe and healthy communities. Our vision is to help the children and families we serve to achieve health, happiness, confidence, competence, and self-sufficiency. We accomplish this by providing mental and behavioral health care, foster care and adoption, education, community training, and youth and family support services for 15,000 children and families each year.

Ruling year info

1997

Preisdent/Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Denise Cross

Main address

300 East 36th Street

Kansas City, MO 64111 USA

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Formerly known as

Gillis Center

Marillac Center

Ozanam

Healthy Families

Spofford

EIN

43-1689138

NTEE code info

Foster Care (P32)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

~ There is a need for more foster care homes, specifically those homes who can support children with elevated health needs or sibling groups as both the numbers of children coming into care and the evidence that children heal best when in a home in the community continues to grow.

~ State reimbursements to foster families do not cover the costs of raising a child. Foster families need additional support to purchase clothing, provide medical supplies, furnish bedrooms, etc.

~ Children need to know that there are adults who care. When people from the general public come out to participate in activities with the children, they see they are not alone.

~ Youth aging out of foster care are left on their own with no support for housing, education, or even everyday basic needs. This leads to many becoming homeless.

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?

Foster Care and Adoption Services

Awarded by the State of Missouri in June 2005, foster care case management is designed to protect children from abuse and neglect, as well as to increase the number of foster parents, adoptive parents and foster care resources in Jackson, Cass, and Johnson counties in Missouri. Foster care and adoption services are provided to approximately 250 kids each year. A grant from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption allows for two full-time adoption recruiters to work towards permanency for children and sibling groups currently in foster care. Cornerstones of Care also recruits and licenses hundreds of foster homes each year in the 30-county NW Missouri region.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Education services include our Day Treatment Program and our Behavior Intervention Support Team Program (BIST).

Our Day Treatment Program, established nearly 40 years ago, is provided on our Gillis and Ozanam Campuses in Kansas City, MO, and in the Blue Springs MO School District. The program helps to meet the needs of students referred from 23 school districts and those in our Residential Treatment Program. Students receive individualized therapeutic and academic services that support the unique behavioral or mental health challenges our students have.  BIST is an outreach program that provides training and support to teachers, administrators, and staff in hundreds of schools throughout the Midwest. BIST helps to change the school culture at the building and district level to decrease disruptive behavior, increase teaching time and facilitate life-long changes in children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Infants and toddlers

The Cornerstones of Care Mental and Behavioral Health Services focus on providing children, young adults and families the comprehensive treatment and support they need to heal and thrive. These services include:Residential Treatment on 2 of our Campuses. We offer trauma-informed campus living and therapeutic programming for children and young adults ages 4 to 18. Often those in our residential programs have experienced abuse, neglect and mental health disorders in their lives and face challenges that require temporary out-of-home care. Outpatient Counseling. We can help our clients address a wide variety of mental health issues and concerns. Outpatient counseling allows individuals to maintain a regular commitment to family, work and educational responsibilities throughout their treatment. Substance Abuse Treatment. We provide substance abuse treatment services to youth, often in residential treatment, who struggle with abuse of medication, alcohol and drugs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Accreditation (COA) [for Children and Family Services] - Accreditation 2014

Child Placing Agency 2014

Healthy Families America 2015

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Alliance for Children and Families - Member 1998

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

~ Recruit foster families, specifically treatment foster care (TFC) homes. We currently have 10 active homes and 11 in the training/qualifying TFC process.

~ Secure funding support for foster families who must purchase clothing, provide medical supplies, furnish bedrooms, etc. above and beyond what state reimbursements allow.

~ Boost volunteer support, specifically as positive role models for our kids as Reading Buddies, Mentors, hosting birthday parties, playing games and working on beautification projects on a campus.

~ Secure funding support or unused supplies to help youth aging out of care set up their own apartments, receive scholarship assistance, funds for transportation and gift cards for clothing.

~ Expand foster care and treatment foster care recruitment services from NWMO to the St. Louis metropolitan area. Begin hosting informational sessions in both regions to recruit more homes.

~ Share the needs of foster families and youth aging out of foster care with corporate partners and the community at large - there are more needs in our community than the children in our education day treatment and residential treatment programs. Begin recruiting volunteers from this pool to interact with the youth aging out of foster care to see the need first-hand.

~ Offer donors the option to restrict funds to the program they are most passionate about.

~ Begin a Youth Advisory Board to boost volunteer support, specifically as positive role models for our kids as Reading Buddies, Mentors, hosting birthday parties, playing games and working on beautification projects on a campus.

Staff are collaborating together to work on processes and implement action steps to address these needs. By working together, we feel strongly that we can meet our goals with what we have in place and planned.

~ We have expand foster care and treatment foster care recruitment services to the St. Louis metropolitan area and are hosting informational sessions in both regions to recruit more homes.

~ We have begun recruiting volunteers to interact with the youth aging out of foster care to see the need first-hand, and are in the midst of creating a Youth Advisory Board to boost volunteer support.

~ We now offer donors the option to restrict funds to the program they are most passionate about. An article was written in our print newsletter highlighting this feature and all our business reply envelopes now provide the option.

~ We are beginning to look at setting up a recurring donor program.

Financials

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Cornerstones of Care

Board of directors
as of 2/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. John Burgess

Walsworth Publishing Company

Term: 2021 - 2022


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John Burgess

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/04/2021

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Leadership

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White/Caucasian/European

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