Douglas County CASA, Inc.

aka Douglas County CASA   |   Lawrence, KS   |  www.dccasaks.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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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are working to grow our organization (double in size) to be able to serve every child in the child welfare system from Douglas County, Kansas over the next 3 years (by 2024). While we do that we are: - Targeting recruitment of volunteer from underrepresented (in our organization and overrepresented in the child welfare population) populations (men, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+) - Adding new volunteer positions to engage other skilled volunteers in accomplishing our mission - Increasing awareness and development work targeted at new audiences and communities

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

Accreditations

Kansas Certified CASA Program - Kansas Office of Judicial Administration 2022

Affiliations & memberships

Member of National CASA Association 2022

Member of Kansas CASA Association 2022

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 youth service participants who have involvement in juvenile justice system

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

Advocacy for abused and neglected children

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of youth who have a positive adult role model

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

Advocacy for abused and neglected children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of youth who exit foster care at age 18

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

Advocacy for abused and neglected children

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

At age of 18, children may request that their case close. This is normally something that is contrary to the recommendation of the child welfare system, the court, and CASA.

Number of children in foster care who have stable placements

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

Advocacy for abused and neglected children

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We define this as the same placement for the entire year (or reintegrated home).

Number of children living away from home who have had no more than 3 placements

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

Advocacy for abused and neglected children

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Number of youth who re-enter foster care

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

Advocacy for abused and neglected children

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of children served

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

Advocacy for abused and neglected children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children placed in foster homes

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

Advocacy for abused and neglected children

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of children who were place in a foster home during the year.

Number of foster care children placed with a family that were formally adopted

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

Advocacy for abused and neglected children

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Adoptions mean that the child has found a safe and permanent home, however that is not reintegration with their family of origin.

Number of participants who do not become involved in the juvenile justice system

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of returning volunteers

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

Advocacy for abused and neglected children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Advocacy for abused and neglected children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children who have had one volunteer the entirety of the case.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

To be able to assign a CASA volunteer to and serve every child from Douglas County, Kansas who has experienced abuse and neglect.

- Increased and targeted awareness activities
- Increased and targeted volunteer recruitment activities
- Increased donor identification, cultivation, and solicitation

We have just hired a new Recruitment & Training Coordinator to help coordinate the recruitment and training of new volunteers.

We have a Development Coordinator who is responsible for coordinating the development & fundraising activities.

They both work closely and coordinated with the Executive Director on all the awareness activities.

We were blessed by a bequest to have funds to invest in development consultation, social media and marketing consultation and services.

We now have a more targeted recruitment plan in place and it is more easily updated as opportunities are identified.

We have 2 of the goal of 12 new volunteer recruiters started.

We have just reached (and exceeded our first quarter income goal of $100,000 (we secured $150,000).

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?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), 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?

    We learned about the need to make changes to our screening and onboarding process to ensure that questions about implicit bias and racism is communicated earlier on in the process.

  • 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, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Douglas County CASA, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 05/03/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Michael Steinle


Board co-chair

Loretta Severin

Ross & Baruzzini

Term: 2022 - 2024

Jessica Pryor

CRUNCH Fitness

Loretta Severin

University of Kansas Center for Public Partnerships and Research

Jennifer Adhima

Kansas Head Start Associationnter- 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

BOK Financial

Marsha Griggs

Washburn University

Audra Fussell

Truity

Kurt Goeser

Kurt J. Goeser Insurance Agency, Inc.

Bill Brady

Capitol Strategies, LLC

Chris Chartrand

BlueCross BlueShield Of Kansas

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 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 5/3/2022

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
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: 05/03/2022

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 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 employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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.