Child Advocates - CASA of Red River

Our vision is to develop safe, happy and healthy children. We want to provide a CASA for every child who needs one.

aka Wichita Foundation for Children's Services   |   Wichita Falls, TX   |  www.casawf.org

Mission

Child Advocates - CASA of Red River serves the most innocent and vulnerable of our community, children who have been abused or neglected. Our children are in the child protection/foster care system and rely upon our volunteers to advocate for their best interests and to speak up for them in court. We believe all children should be loved and feel safe.

Notes from the nonprofit

CASA of Red River is part of a national volunteer movement that began in 1977 when Judge David Soukup in Seattle decided he needed to know more about the children whose lives were in his hands. His solution was to ask community volunteers to act as a “voice in court" for abused and neglected children. These Court Appointed Special Advocate® (CASAs) provided him with the detailed information he needed to safeguard the children's best interests and ensure that they were placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. The program was so successful that it was copied around the nation.

CASA of Red River has continued to serve abused and neglected children in Archer, Clay, Montague, and Wichita Counties by providing trained community volunteers to speak up in court for the best interest of children.

Ruling year info

1985

Executive Director

Ms. Laura Grimsinger

Main address

808 Austin Street

Wichita Falls, TX 76301 USA

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Formerly known as

The Wichita Foundation for Children's Services, Inc.

EIN

48-0984043

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (I01)

Child Abuse, Prevention of (I72)

Protection Against and Prevention of Neglect, Abuse, Exploitation (I70)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The impact of child abuse and neglect is profound and vast, as its repercussions are physical, psychological, behavioral, and societal. Additionally, without interventions, these effects are found to reoccur generationally.

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study found that:
• Childhood trauma was very common.
• There was a direct link between childhood trauma and adult onset of chronic disease, as well as depression, suicide, violence and becoming a victim of violence.
• The more types of trauma experienced also significantly increased the risk of health, social and emotional problems.
• The presence of a stable, caring adult in a child's life is the key to building the skills of resilience.

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?

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program

Child Advocates recruits, trains and supervises Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers who serve in the Guardian ad Litem role for children placed in the custody of Child Protective Services (CPS) due to child abuse or neglect.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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 new advocates recruited

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

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children served by our agency.

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

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children in foster care in our service area.

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

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of volunteer advocates serving our children

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

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program

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.

The overall goal of our CASA program is to recruit, train, and support our volunteers so they have the tools and satisfaction they need to complete the many tasks associated with their case assignments. The complex needs of the children, along with the many parts of the child welfare system, legal system, educational system, and medical/therapeutic system can be overwhelming to our volunteers. Accordingly, our CASA Supervisors meet with them regularly to assist them as they work with each member of their case, write court reports, plan for the needs of the child or children, and gather the most important and relevant facts for each court hearing.

CASA Volunteers are the most impactful way to serve our children, as they invest the time needed to fully understand their CASA child's needs, search out the most appropriate resources to help meet these requirements, and communicate this information to the courts. Additionally, they provide critical stability to their child/children the entire time they are in car

Strategy 1. Develop and implement integrated wellbeing assessments with emphasis on progress in education, mental, behavioral, and physical health, and permanency.

Strategy 2. Increase our volunteer numbers to 150 volunteers in active service to our children in 2018-2019.

Strategy 3. Develop a comprehensive volunteer retention program.

We have a case management software that will allow us to track each one of these strategies with great accuracy.

We have increased our volunteer to case ratio from 54 percent in 2014 to 74 percent in 2017, for an average increase of over 6 percent each year. This tells us our volunteer numbers are increasing at a rate that would allow us to set the aggressive goal of a volunteer to case ration of 80 percent in 2018. 80 percent is a best practice standard for CASA programs.

Financials

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Child Advocates - CASA of Red River

Board of directors
as of 02/25/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Alan Freeman

Freeman & Biehl, LLP

Glenda Tate

Owner, The Antique Wood

Alan Freeman

Freeman & Biehl, LLP

Greg Ross

Law Office of Greg Ross

Richard Phillips

Moore Camp Phillips Patterson LLP

Marida Baucum

Lynn Connolly

Jessica Edwards

Frank & Joe's Coffee House

Sandy Hay

Pat Mashburn

Pat Mashburn LPC

Linda Patrick

North Texas State Hospital

Linda Wilson

American National Bank & Trust

Mary Ann Robinson

North Texas State Hospital

Lorra Lierly

Nocona ISD

Johnathan Dressler

Sealed Air Corporation

Amber Layton

Wells Fargo

Chrystal Ohman

Board leadership practices

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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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/25/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/19/2019

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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 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 a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.