Douglas County CASA, Inc.

aka Douglas County CASA   |   Lawrence, KS   |  www.dccasa.org

Mission

We recruit, train, and support volunteers who advocate for the best interest of children who have experienced abuse and neglect and are under the protection of the court system in Douglas County, Kansas. Our Vision: All children in Douglas County, Kansas live in safe, nurturing, and permanent homes.

Ruling year info

1991

Executive Director

Erick Vaughn

Main address

1009 New Hampshire Street Suites A & B

Lawrence, KS 66044 USA

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EIN

48-1104657

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (R11)

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Programs and results

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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?

Advocacy for abused and neglected children

We recruit, train, and support specially trained volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children who have been abused and neglected and are in state protective custody. Most of these children reside in foster care. Our agency also assists these children with special needs that include shoes, clothing, extracurricular and summer activities, holiday gifts, school supplies, and more.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Member of National CASA Association 2021

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Children involved in the court system due to abuse and neglect.

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

    Case management notes,

  • 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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Recognized the need to support volunteers in communicating with children via smart phones and tablets, text, (preferred communication method for many) etc. And as a result have modified scholarship and need requests to allow requests for such technology.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners, Aggregate data is shared. information collected is confidential, because of the population we serve.,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    This is foundational to the work we do, we advocate to ensure the voice of our children is included in decision making processes, so we build this in to the way we do our work. It's an individualized approach as a team.

  • 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, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, 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

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Douglas County CASA, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 6/24/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jessica Pryor

CRUNCH Fitness

Term: 2021 - 2023


Board co-chair

Michael Steinle

Ross & Baruzzini

Term: 2021 - 2023

Paula Branizor

Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services

Kelley Catlin

US Environmental Protection Agency

Sarah Cauthon

Sabatini Architects

Claudia Kressig

Kansas Head Start Association

Jessica Pryor

CRUNCH Fitness

Loretta Severin

University of Kansas Center for Public Partnerships and Research

Ken Wertzberger

Retired

Jennifer Adhima

University of Kansas Medical Center- Project Eagle

Ashley Coles

University of Kansas

Gina Spade

Broadband Legal Services

Michael Steinle

Ross & Baruzzini

Marc White

The Law Office of Marc A. White P.A.

Katy Price

The Trust Company

Marsha Griggs

Washburn University

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/19/2021

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/19/2021

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Data
  • 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.
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.