YAVAPAI CASA FOR KIDS FOUNDATION

Support a Child - Change a Life

aka YC4KF   |   Prescott Valley, AZ   |  www.yavapaicasaforkids.org

Mission

The mission of Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation is to enrich the lives of current and former foster youth and support the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program.

Ruling year info

2003

Board President

Stephen Kahne PhD

Main address

PO Box 28070

Prescott Valley, AZ 86312 USA

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EIN

71-0946266

NTEE code info

Foster Care (P32)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The mission of Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation is to serve the unmet needs of abused, neglected, and abandoned children who are in the care of the Yavapai County Juvenile Court – Prescott and qualified youth who have aged out of that court’s jurisdiction. In addition, we support the work of the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program and the CASA volunteers. The driving force behind what we do are our core values of commitment, passion, and integrity. -We have the commitment to serve the neglected and abused children in Yavapai County with respect for everyone involved in their cases. -We have the passion to persevere and succeed in the CASA mission to help each child thrive in a safe, permanent and nurturing home. -We have the integrity to operate with the highest standards of quality, effectiveness, confidentiality, and accountability to the children we serve, CASA volunteers, donors, and partners.

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?

Grants for Kids

Through the Grants for Kids program, Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation provides items and experiences needed by foster children that are not covered by other sources. These experiences and items contribute to a holistic adolescence or meet an immediate need of the youth. Examples of what Grants for Kids covers includes, but is not limited to the following:
- Bedding & bedroom furniture
- Extracurricular activities
- Driving school & lessons
- Laptops & electronics for enrichment
- School field trips
- Summer & day camps
-Prom
- And much more

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Children and youth
Social and economic status

Many children who are removed from their homes are wearing only the clothes on their backs. Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation provides DCS with funds (in the form of clothing store gift cards) for these children in order for them to be properly clothed immediately upon removal from their homes.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Children and youth
Social and economic status

Yavapai CASA for Kids operates a mailbox for confidential letter and gift exchanges between adoptive and biological families. This ensures that the biological family can receive news about their children in a way that does not disclose the child's adoptive location.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Adults
At-risk youth

Each winter, Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation places donation boxes throughout the Greater Prescott Area. Community residents bring unwrapped, age-appropriate, gifts to the donation sites. Donations are then collected and distributed to CASA volunteers, foster parents, and DCS caseworkers to give their foster youth a nice holiday season.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
At-risk youth
Children and youth

It is important that biological parents maintain the parent-child emotional bond when their child is removed from the family home. The Barbara Polk Family Visitation Center provides a safe, homelike, environment for youth currently/formerly in foster care to have supervised visits (helping to maintain the familial bond), siblings visits, mentor meeting, birthday parties, and other gatherings.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Parents
Children and youth
Young adults

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are often the only constant person in the life of a foster youth. They stand up without compromise for what is in the child's best interest and act as a voice for the child in court,. Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation is grateful for their dedication to foster youth and supports the CASA program in Yavapai County in the following manners:
- Sponsors the Adoption Day Celebration by providing refreshments and a venue to celebrate new family bonds.
- Supports CASAs with their training
- Supports the annual CASA Appreciation Day

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Adults

This program provides foster youth with gift cards to local stores to celebrate their milestones and provides them with, much-needed, positive reinforcement. Milestones may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Improving grades in School
- Getting along better in the foster home
- Not wetting the bed for a week
- Graduating from School
- Sleeping through the night in their own bed

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Children and youth
Out-of-home youth

Keys to Success is a program of that was brought to Yavapai County in partnership with Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation. The program serves foster youth ages 16-21 who are in or have aged out of foster care and reside in Yavapai County. Through intensive, individualized career planning, education, and employment development services, Keys to Success empower youth aging out of foster care to become thriving, self-sufficient adults. It also connects these youth to resources and offers unparalleled support to increase their chances of success as they transition from foster care to adulthood.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

The state of Arizona provides foster care with $150, annually, for clothing. This amount is inadequate, especially for growing children. To make sure every child in foster care has adequate clothing, Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation provides a bi-annual clothing allowance for all foster youth under the care of the Yavapai County Juvenile courts.

Population(s) Served

The Toy Chest program provides foster parents, CASAs, and DCS caseworkers with age-appropriate, physical, gifts (ranging from ages 0-21) to give their foster youth to celebrate special moments in their lives. These special moments include, but are not limited to,
- Birthdays
- Passing a test
- Positive changes in behavior
- And more.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Out-of-home youth
Children and youth
Out-of-home youth

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 groups brought together in a coalition/alliance/partnership

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Greater Prescott Tax Credit Coalition was founded in 2016. This is a group of non-profits coming together to raise money for our cause, working together to supportand advertise how tax credit works.

Number of volunteers

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

YC4KF was founded by volunteers and runs mostly, with the help of volunteers. Without the help of our volunteers, we couldn’t support foster children in the capacity we do.

Number of clients served

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollars received in contributions

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

Infants and toddlers, Children and youth, Adolescents

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

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

Children and youth, Out-of-home youth

Related Program

Holiday Gift Drive

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

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.

To meet all unmet needs of foster children in Yavapai County.
Positive recognition with the community.
Expansion of number of donors and contacts
Effective and frequent use of all communication tools at our disposal.
Stable, involved Board.
Corps of established volunteers.
Sufficient, reliable funding with which to carry out our mission
Donor trust.
Well respected.
Community trust and involvement.
Effective collaboration with other organizations and agencies.
Well known, unique annual fundraising events
Expanded board.

Yavapa CASA for Kids Foundation will raise at least $20,000.00 through fundraising for the calendar year 2017
.
To enhance the quality and effectiveness of internal and external communication in 2017.
To increase recognition of Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation mission and services by relevant organizations and individuals throughout the Yavapai community.

To create an effective board organizational structure that increases efficiency, productivity and ensure long-term board stability.

Find additional funding through grants.

Continue to monitor the AZ Tax Credit donations and how they impact our organization.

We serve a niche market/population - only Qualified Foster Care Charitable Organization in Yavapai County.

We provide goods and services that would not be available to foster children any other way.

We have some financial cushion to allow development without scrabbling.

We have an enthusiastic board.

Solid plan for utilizing national service members both for direct service and capacity building.

Board members have a wide variety of professional skills, experiences and contacts.

We have set the budget for the year.

We have had two (4) successful Galas and three (5) successful Costume for Kids 5K fun walk/runs.

We continue to provide grants for children in foster care and last year the amount was over $75,000.00.

We continue to take additional applications for children who need things like computers, karate classes, gymnastics, etc., things that State does not provide.

We have children and parents utilizing the supervised visitation center, where unification can become possible.

We have given emergency clothing cards to DCS since some kids come in with just the clothes on their backs.

Twice a year we have a clothing project where every child will receive a gift card to go shopping up to $150 for each child in the care of the Courts in Yavapai County.

Financials

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Operations

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

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YAVAPAI CASA FOR KIDS FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 01/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Stephen Kahne

Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation

Melissa Sikora

Yavapai Family Advocacy Center

Stephen Kahne

Professor Emeritus

Bryon Ackerman

Boyle, Pecharich, Cline, Whittington, & Stallings P.L.L.C.

Meghan Hays-Davis

Prevent Child Abuse Arizona

Cheryl Micholofki

AmTrust Bank

Carol Northrup

Court Appointed Special Advocate

Lisa Watts

AZ Department of Child Safety

Kymberli Lopez

AZ Hometown Radio

Eileen Bond

Court Appointed Special Advocate

Luke Lewis

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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 1/11/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/11/2022

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.