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CASA of Northeast Oklahoma, Inc.

Change A Child's Story

Claremore, OK   |  www.casaneok.org

Mission

CASA of Northeast Oklahoma's mission is to speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courts of Rogers, Mayes, Craig, Ottawa, Delaware and Washington counties, including the courts of the Shawnee Tribe. We promote and support quality volunteer representation for children to provide each child a safe, permanent, nurturing home.

Ruling year info

1996

Executive Director

Mrs. Angela Henderson

Main address

1222 N. Florence Avenue, Suite A

Claremore, OK 74017 USA

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Formerly known as

Tri-County CASA Program, Inc.

Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma, Inc.

EIN

73-1482426

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Children's Rights (R28)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

CASA of Northeast Oklahoma believes every child deserves to grow up in a safe, permanent, nurturing home. We believe children need walls to put their pictures on, adults who love them, and families who nurture them and make their health, education, and well-being a priority. We are for children who are victims of addiction, who slowly watch their parents killing themselves with substances. Who live in a war zone, who witness their parents hurting one another in domestic violence situations. Whose parents are caught in the spiral of untreated mental illness. Who live in abject poverty, whose parents live off a system that was never intended to support them. CASA believes the solution for bewildered and hurting children is a caring adult - a CASA volunteer. Our citizen volunteers are specially trained to understand the needs, growth, and development of children. They boldly navigate the complex court system, lending their voices to the voiceless.

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) Services

The CASA program model harnesses the power of ordinary citizen volunteers who are trained by the program to speak up in court for the best interests of children who are living in foster care in northeastern Oklahoma. CASA volunteers commit to one case and see the children on their case every 30 days. They prepare a written Report to the Court addressing the child's circumstances and recommendations to the court about what should happen to keep the child safe and move the child towards permanency - either in reunification with their own parents or through adoption into a loving home with adults committed to the care and nurture of the child. CASA volunteers testify in court about the child's needs and wishes, helping the court to understand what is in the best interest of each child.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Indigenous peoples

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

National CASA 1996

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 volunteers

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Total number of advocates serving children in a given year at CASA of Northeast Oklahoma.

Number of new advocates recruited

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of CASA volunteers who completed pre-service training with CASA of Northeast Oklahoma.

Number of children reunified with a parent(s).

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

Women and girls, Men and boys, Children and youth

Related Program

Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Children whose cases were closed during the year who were reunified with one or both parents.

Number of children adopted

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

Women and girls, Men and boys, Children and youth

Related Program

Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Children whose cases were closed during the year who were adopted.

Total number of children served

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

Women and girls, Men and boys, Children and youth

Related Program

Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Total number of children served by CASA of Northeast Oklahoma.

Total number of cases served

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Total number of cases served by CASA of Northeast Oklahoma.

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.

CASA of Northeast Oklahoma's goals are: (1) Recruit and train more CASA volunteers so that every child who needs a volunteer has a CASA volunteer; (2) Retain 80 percent of the CASA volunteers who are currently serving and support them in their self-care goals so that they can continue to serve; and (3) Expand to serve as many state and tribal courts as possible to ensure that all children, regardless of race or ethnicity, has CASA services available to them. In FY 2022, 72 volunteers advocated for 222 children. Another 150 children are waiting. CASA's ultimate goal is that every child who needs a CASA volunteer will have one. We need 40 more CASA volunteers to reach our goal.

With strong messaging, CASA intends to reach as many people as possible over the age of 21 to inform them about the blight of child abuse and neglect in northeastern Oklahoma. Our strategy is to make them think about what they can do and give them the tools to mobilize themselves to act on behalf of children. CASA's message is simple: all it takes is one adult willing to volunteer his or her time to thoroughly investigate a child's circumstances, to report to the court what the child is experiencing, and to speak in court for the voiceless child who is counting on him or her. Our strategy is to offer as many classes as possible to train as many volunteers as possible to help the 370+ children living in state's custody in our six-county region. Another strategy is to support and properly care for existing volunteers, reducing vicarious trauma and encouraging extraordinary self-care to promote resilience and long-lasting volunteerism.

STRONG BOARD SUPPORT: The CASA Board of Directors cares deeply about the quality of the program and ensures that the proper policies, procedures, funding, and supports are in place for the organization to achieve its mission. The board is engaged, asks questions, exercises duty of care and loyalty, fiduciary oversight, and expects nothing less than excellence. The board has committed itself to expansion into more courts in northeastern Oklahoma so that all children may have the assistance of a CASA volunteer. A COMMITTED VOLUNTEER CORPS: More than 80 citizen volunteers have committed to research and investigate the child's circumstances, to monitor the progress of the case, to facilitate needed services for the child, and to strongly advocate in court for the best interests of children. JUVENILE JUDGES WHO RECOGNIZE THE VALUE OF A CASA VOLUNTEER: CASA is fortunate to work with eight judges who care for children and families and who believe that they receive useful information from CASA Reports to the Court. These judges request CASA frequently on cases and have encouraged CASA to recruit and train more volunteers in the coming year. STAFFING: CASA of Northeast Oklahoma has a dedicated staff to support and nurture volunteers. FINANCIAL SUPPORT: CASA's Executive Director is forging relationships with grantors and funders to raise the capital needed to support these efforts and to extend the reach of CANO's messaging in a largely rural area. The communities in which CASA operates are filled with generous supporters who believe in the mission of this organization and work together to support the needs of children.

The overwhelming majority of those surveyed - judges, children, and volunteers - indicates that CASA of Northeast Oklahoma is a healthy, growing court-appointed special advocate program dedicated to the needs of abused and neglected children. Judges agree that they have better and more useful information because of CASA's involvement in the juvenile courts of northeastern Oklahoma. Children agree that their CASA volunteers care about them, see them more often than other professionals, listen to them, and support them. Children report that their CASA volunteers are trusted adults who treat them with respect and care. Volunteers express appreciation for their staff supervisors, express a desire to learn and know more about court operations, child development, and the issues confronting families in our region. They are interested and engaged in the communities where they serve and they care deeply about the children in our region. The staff is a committed team of professionals who support one another and the volunteers in order that the program may serve more vulnerable children. CASA is a workplace of choice in northeastern Oklahoma and a place where everyone who cares about children has a place at the table when decisions are being made. It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of this organization at this time in its growth and development.

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.
  • 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 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

  • 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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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CASA of Northeast Oklahoma, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 04/21/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Julie Sellmeyer

St. Francis Health Systems

Term: 2023 - 2025

John Myers

Pecan Drive Veterinary Clinic

Julie Sellmeyer

St. Francis Health Systems

Dynda Post

Retired Judge

Daniel Webster

Northeast Rural Electric Cooperative

David Bridges

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church of Grove, OK

Ashley Millikan

Northeast Rural Electric Cooperative

Lee Ann Nash

Bartlesville Public Schools

Amanda Hall

Community Volunteer

Terry Weppler

Attorney

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 4/20/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/09/2021

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 a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.