Cornerstones of Care

Kansas City, MO   |  www.cornerstonesofcare.org

Mission

The mission of Cornerstones of Care is to partner for safe and healthy communities. Our services are focused on ensuring children are safe, families are strong, and communities are healthy. We do this by providing services in three key areas: youth & family support, foster care & adoption, and education & trainings. Through our services, we pursue the strategic goals of reducing the frequency and impact of adverse childhood experiences and positively impacting the health and well-being of our communities.

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)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Children who find support from Cornerstones of Care have endured a multitude of stressful or traumatic events in their lives. These adverse experiences can range from physical and emotional abuse, neglect, dysfunctional families, drug and alcohol abuse, criminal activity, domestic violence, unsafe neighborhoods, homelessness, repeated moves within the foster care system, prejudice, and child poverty. The havoc such experiences can wreak on their internal development is severe, affecting their mental, physical, and behavioral health with life-altering consequences. Long-term and without greater intervention, the likelihood of these children becoming self-sufficient and productive members of society is low.

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?

Youth and Family Support

Cornerstones of Care's Youth and Family Support services help youth gain independence through social and living support programs while empowering families with the skills and resources they need to succeed. Home-based case management helps families resolve urgent issues and improve interpersonal and parenting skills to maintain their children in a safe home. In-home counseling addresses the effects of trauma, improves stress management skills, and reduces the need for placements in a psychiatric hospital or juvenile justice and foster care systems. Our Transitional Living program provides housing and case management for young adults in foster care, involved in the juvenile justice system, or without a home. Homeroom Health provides pediatric medical, oral, and behavioral healthcare. Children and youth who have experienced abuse and neglect receive trauma-responsive treatment and support in our Residential Treatment program to improve social and emotional safety and begin healing.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Foster care and adoption services include finding a nurturing home for children who have experienced abuse or neglect. Our priority is to reunify them safely with their parents or a well-known adult. Cornerstones of Care recruits and trains foster parents in 30 Missouri counties and eight counties in Kansas, preparing them for licensure so that they can provide nurturing homes for children when reunification is not possible. Once a child has entered the child welfare system, Foster Care Case Management and Adoption programming provide comprehensive services that focus on placing the child in a safe and healthy environment. Treatment Foster Care, the highest level of foster care services, is for youth ages 6-12 who have experienced extreme trauma and have elevated behavioral health needs. Specialists provide individualized in-home support for foster parents and children utilizing an evidence-based trauma-informed treatment model to help the child heal.

Population(s) Served
Foster and adoptive children
Foster and adoptive parents

Education services and community-based training are for children and youth, education and child welfare professionals, and other interested adults. Therapeutic Day Treatment schools provide individualized curriculum, small class sizes, and several therapeutic options for grades K-12. Build Trybe offers hands-on educational opportunities that empower youth served in multiple programs with healthy lifestyle experiences and employable skills in the trades. The Youth Educational Success (YES!) program provides a life coach who helps foster youth overcome barriers to attending and graduating from higher education programs. Our Behavior Intervention Support Team (BIST) consultants provide customized, in-building supports for educators so they can implement trauma-informed practices that give students the behavioral tools they need to succeed. Highly trained staff educate individuals, groups, organizations, and companies on child welfare topics and trauma-informed care.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Missouri Children's Division Child Placing Agency 2022

Kansas Department of Children and Families Child Placing Agency 2022

Council on Accreditation 2023

Missouri Department of Mental Health Certification for Outpatient Treatment Programs 2023

Missouri Children's Division Residential Treatment License 2023

Missouri Children's Division Transitional Living License 2023

Sanctuary Institute Certificate 2022

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Social Current - Member 1998

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 children and families served

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

Children and youth, Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students who improve functioning and coping skills to succeed in the classroom

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Cornerstones of Care's Therapeutic Day Treatment program provided 144 students individual therapy to improve coping skills that enable them to be successful in school.

Number of children and families who remain safely in their homes.

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

Children and youth, Parents

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

794 families received in-home services to safely stay together and 190 children safely reunited with their families.

Number of individuals who received educational training in trauma-informed practices

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

726 attended healthcare trainings, 525 attended foster care trainings

Number of schools that receive training in trauma-informed practices that improve the learning environment for all

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Cornerstones of Care Behavior Intervention Support Team (BIST) consultants provided on-site, customized training and support for teachers and administrative staff in over 300 schools in five states.

Number of people who received clinical mental health care

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

Children and youth, Adults, Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2,720 children and families received mental and behavioral health care, specifically 242 youth received intensive residential treatment, 2,478 individuals and families received outpatient counseling.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Cornerstones of Care's primary goal is to reduce the frequency and impact of adverse childhood experiences and positively impact the health and well-being of our communities. The objective of all our services is to assist children and families in developing protective factors that will enable them to overcome the causes and effects of abuse and neglect. We do this by providing therapeutic services for children that address the effects trauma has on child development while teaching skills to manage emotions and build strong, healthy relationships. Therapeutic services for families help parents to improve interpersonal communication and parenting skills. Case managers help families and older youth aging out of foster care to mitigate stress factors by connecting them to resources within their own community, which includes building healthy relationships with friends and family to the extent that family is involved. Older youth with no supports are given a safe and stable place to live while they work on their education plan and gain job experience.

Our array of quality preventive, treatment, and support services integrates traditional social welfare with innovative behavioral healthcare services to provide holistic wraparound support and care for children and their families, helping them develop the skills and knowledge they need to empower themselves to live safe, productive, and non-violent lives. Ultimately, our focus is on alleviating trauma and harnessing an individual's capability to create positive change. By reducing the effects of adverse childhood experiences, we can offer children and families renewed hope and a strong foundation for success, decreasing the incidences of violence and incarceration and increasing their ability for productive, independent living. To accomplish this, Cornerstones of Care utilizes trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive therapeutic and support services such as Functional Family Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. We also provide supportive services using Signs of Safety, a best practice model used and recommended by the Missouri Children's Division, and Solution Based Casework, an evidence-informed practice model.

For the last 150 years, Cornerstones of Care has responded to the behavioral, emotional, and social needs of children and their families with dignity and care. Such a historic span would not have been possible without a demonstrated commitment to providing the highest quality of services. Our trauma-informed approach addresses the immediate need for safety and responds to symptoms of trauma (such as emotional dysregulation and toxic stress) that can delay or prevent a child's healthy development. Only by reducing the effects of adverse childhood experiences can children truly learn to overcome their trauma and achieve their full potential. Cornerstones of Care is licensed by the Missouri Children’s Division and Departments of Mental Health and Elementary & Secondary Education. In addition, the agency is licensed by the Kansas Department for Children and Families, accredited by the Council on Accreditation, and certified in the Sanctuary Model®, an evidence-supported practice that considers the impact of trauma on childhood development. Cornerstones of Care is a United Way Agency.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

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

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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Cornerstones of Care

Board of directors
as of 1/4/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Julie Barnett

Retired/Cigna

Term: 2022 - 2023

Jim Hogan

Retired/Burns and McDonnell Engineering Co. Inc.

Jennifer Seyller

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Ken Gerling

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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 performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/04/2022

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
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/27/2021

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 review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 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.