Giving Children a Voice in Court

aka Family Law CASA   |   Tukwila, WA   |
GuideStar Charity Check


EIN: 14-1840620


Family Law CASA advocates for children in some of the toughest custody cases in King County. Addressing a frightening gap in services, CASA provides a court appointed special advocate in high risk cases that involve allegations of physical & sexual abuse, domestic violence, neglect, drug & alcohol abuse, criminal activity, health, education, &/or untreated mental illness. The children typically have no other supportive service to monitor for their safety and they are not the subject of an active dependency action and therefore they do not have a social worker assigned for their benefit, or any legal representation. A CASA advocate gathers information, reports and makes recommendations to the court for a safe plan and family services.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Ms Deidre McCormack Martin

Main address

16300 Christensen Road Suite 306

Tukwila, WA 98188 USA

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Subject area info

Public safety

Child advocacy

Family services

Child welfare

Youth services

Population served info

Children and youth

Victims of crime and abuse

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Family Services (P40)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (I01)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Family Law CASA is vital for kids who “fall through the cracks” because there is an appalling gap in services. In Family Court, CASA’s are assigned to the most complex of cases where children who are the subjects in custody disputes, have no social worker or case manager, and the judge is concerned about multiple high-risk issues.

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 Advocates

Giving lower income children a voice in King County's toughest contested custody cases when serious allegations of domestic violence, substance abuse, untreated mental illness, abuse and neglect exist.

Population(s) Served
Children and 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 children served

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In recent years, the complexity and litigious nature of cases has increased. As a result, Family Law CASA the process to reach closure prevents staff from accepting as many cases as in prior years.

Number of volunteers

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Hours of volunteer service

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

By connecting families with services and establishing clear schedules and structures, we hope to divert struggling families away from any progression toward state intervention. Ideally, services and structures recommended by volunteer advocates will help families heal in order to promote a safe, healthy and bright future for the child.

Volunteer CASAs help vulnerable children by working within a structured program that includes screening; intensive training; professional guidance; legal consultation and representation; technical report templates and forms; educational webinars and workshops; and community building events. Through this process, volunteer CASAs gather critical information about a child’s circumstances for the court so a judge or commissioner can order services, interventions and/or schedules tailored for the child’s safety and overall best interests.

With professional guidance and support, volunteer CASAs go to the children’s homes to learn about their needs and alleged risk factors. They interview family members, relatives and friends. They talk to teachers, counselors and other professionals that might have helpful information. They review mountains of records and documents. All of this information, along with the volunteer’s observations and recommendations for services and schedules is summarized in 1 or 2 comprehensive reports submitted to the court. A typical case requires 75-100 volunteer hours over 6-12 months. And all of this occurs as part of a litigated high-conflict custody case so the volunteer’s work must withstand legal scrutiny from multiple sources.

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 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 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 31.76 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 21% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of FAMILY LAW CASA OF KING COUNTY’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$147,899 -$197,166 -$401,280 $3,805 $76,245
As % of expenses -18.3% -22.6% -37.8% 0.4% 7.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$153,108 -$199,689 -$403,291 -$1,260 $63,430
As % of expenses -18.8% -22.8% -37.9% -0.1% 6.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $831,616 $632,591 $658,058 $877,248 $1,415,337
Total revenue, % change over prior year 22.0% -23.9% 4.0% 33.3% 61.3%
Program services revenue 0.4% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 6.6% 9.2% 6.5% 3.0% 3.5%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 13.8% 22.4%
All other grants and contributions 72.1% 92.5% 98.1% 81.3% 73.0%
Other revenue 20.9% -1.7% -4.6% 1.9% 1.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $810,249 $873,906 $1,061,352 $1,029,826 $1,029,791
Total expenses, % change over prior year 6.5% 7.9% 21.4% -3.0% 0.0%
Personnel 72.2% 74.4% 65.6% 75.2% 74.9%
Professional fees 8.8% 6.8% 17.5% 9.0% 11.0%
Occupancy 7.2% 6.8% 6.9% 7.7% 5.8%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 11.8% 12.0% 10.0% 8.1% 8.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $815,458 $876,429 $1,063,363 $1,034,891 $1,042,606
One month of savings $67,521 $72,826 $88,446 $85,819 $85,816
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $139,037
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $64,547 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $882,979 $949,255 $1,151,809 $1,185,257 $1,267,459

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.5 1.0 3.8 4.6 4.8
Months of cash and investments 29.0 24.1 16.9 17.8 15.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 28.1 23.4 14.7 15.2 15.3
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $169,274 $69,920 $338,035 $394,627 $416,169
Investments $1,786,514 $1,683,769 $1,156,883 $1,132,279 $933,654
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $14,746 $260,488
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $20,536 $20,536 $20,536 $78,274 $78,274
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 70.0% 82.2% 92.0% 21.9% 38.3%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 3.2% 4.0% 14.1% 19.7% 8.5%
Unrestricted net assets $1,904,412 $1,704,723 $1,301,432 $1,300,172 $1,363,602
Temporarily restricted net assets $11,319 $651 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $11,319 $651 $15,445 $2,105 $169,643
Total net assets $1,915,731 $1,705,374 $1,316,877 $1,302,277 $1,533,245

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Ms Deidre McCormack Martin

Deidre joined the Family Law CASA staff as Executive Director in January of 2020. She joins the organization with 20+ years of non-profit experience with 15 in leadership roles advocating and providing services to youth. Previously Deidre was the Executive Director of Summer Search’s Seattle office, a national youth development organization, and was the Interim ED for the WA Association for Infant Mental Health. In 2013, she was named to Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 under 40. Ms. McCormack Martin values and fights for social justice, educational equity and a vibrant community that cares for all of its members. She holds a BA in history from Santa Clara University and spends spare time with her three daughters and husband in their community in West Seattle or camping and hiking in the beautiful mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Highest paid employees

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Board of directors
as of 09/07/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Lauren Aldinger

Kellie Power McKenna

Moss Adams CPA

Dr. Melanie English

Parenting Evaluator and Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)

Blake Hilty


Judge Helen Halpert, Ret.

Family Mediator

Gary Sampson

Community Volunteer

Lauren Aldinger

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Hillary Collyer

Lasher Holzapfel Sperry Ebberson

Megan Charles


Bryan Digel


Joel C Odimba Jr

Holt Woods & Scisciani, LLP

Rebecca Steele


Lorna Tumwebaze

Gates Foundation

Verónica Quiñónez

Principal at Veronica Quinonez Law, PLLC

Sherri Anderson

Attorney, Law Offices of Sherri M. Anderson

Katherine De Bruyn

Brad Elias


Jean Rietschel

Retired Judge

Mei Shih

DuBois Levias Law Group, PLLC

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 8/25/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/09/2021

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  • 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 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 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.
There are no contractors recorded for this organization.

Professional fundraisers

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SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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