CASA of McLennan County Annual Report FY20

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CASA OF MCLENNAN COUNTY

ANNUAL REPORT FY 2020

September 2019 - August 2020



LETTER FROM LEADERSHIP It should come as no surprise that FY2020 was an exciting year for CASA, both due to planned milestones like our Forever Home move as well as the unplanned quick pivots related to the onset of a global pandemic. In the face of these developments, and in some ways because of them, CASA of McLennan County is growing and thriving. As we wrapped up our Forever Home campaign and moved into our new facility, agency leadership has been able to establish priorities for this new chapter and focus on enhancing our programming and advocacy. Our dedicated volunteer advocates are the heartbeat of our organization and we are honored to provide them with quality support, guidance, resources and camaraderie as they serve our community’s children in foster care. As we have honed the quality of our advocacy and celebrated our growth of service to children, we have also strategically grown our staff. The addition of two Advocate Supervisors allows us to provide increased capacity for our growing advocate team, and the addition of a Program Assistant provides full agency-wide support for all functions. Meanwhile, we enhanced our recruitment, communication and development functions by creating a new Director of Communications and Development role. This new position joins a skilled management team, which includes the Director of Advocacy and the Executive Director. Dedicated, skilled staff and leadership bring about productive program operations. Our agency underwent an extensive onsite Quality Assurance Review process this fiscal year, which is conducted by Texas CASA every three years to ensure local CASA programs are operating according to National CASA standards. We are happy to report that this review produced no findings or corrections needed for our operations and advocacy work. CASA is fortunate to operate within such a caring, generous, and active community who continues to support us through volunteerism, funding, services, and networking. We couldn’t be where we are today, and we can’t reach the goals we have set for the future, without this ongoing engagement from our volunteer advocates, donors, grant funders, partner professionals, and community leaders. We sincerely thank you and appreciate your support.

Anna Futral Executive Director

Mandi DuPuy Board President


VISION A CASA volunteer for every abused and neglected child in the foster care system.

MISSION

To provide a trained volunteer, a Court Appointed Special Advocate, for every abused and neglected child in the county we serve so that these children may ultimately thrive in safe, nurturing, and permanent homes. We are making a difference — one child at a time.


WHAT IS CASA?

CASA is part of a nationwide organization of Court Appointed Special Advocates with 948 chapters in 49 states, and more than 97,000 volunteers. CASA volunteers are everyday people – teachers, business people, retirees, stay-at-home parents, and grandparents – who are committed to making a difference for children who might otherwise slip through the cracks in an overburdened foster care system.

WHAT DOES A CASA DO?

Our volunteer advocates are appointed by a judge and assigned to a case where they spend time getting to know the child(ren) involved. Their purpose is to gather as much information about the child(ren), as well as all the stakeholders in their life, such as family of origin, foster placement, doctors, teachers, CPS workers, etc. All of this information is then compiled into a report for the court. CASA volunteers also identify and address risks, work

with supportive people in the child’s life, and ensure appropriate physical and mental health assessments are completed to ensure the child’s safety and well-being. They also make sure that educational assessments are completed and educational supports are in place. CASA volunteers provide a consistent presence in a child’s life and work to ensure they are safe during their time in foster care.


THE CASA DIFFERENCE

We know that many of the ways CASA makes a difference in the lives of children and families in crisis is hard to measure. Nevertheless, it is exciting to see how the capacity of our organization to serve these families has increased in recent years.

94

SERVING CHILDREN 400

Volunteer advocates serving

Children Served

300

children in foster care in FY 2020

200

336

children served by CASA in

Volunteers

100

0

McLennan County

FY 2016

FY 2017

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

in FY 2020

REVENUE INCREASE $750,000

65%

$500,000

increase in revenue since FY 2016

$250,000

$0

FY 2016

FY 2017

FY 2018

Further financial information available upon request.

FY 2019

FY 2020


CASA & COVID

As McLennan County adapted to

have diligently attended meetings and

the effects of COVID-19 in our

court hearings on Zoom, and

community, CASA pivoted in many

continue to impress us with their

of our practices to ensure we can

dedication and adaptability. We are

carry out our advocacy for children

so grateful for their ongoing quality

safely.

advocacy for our community's children in foster care.

We quickly set up remote work options for staff, focused our

Waco and McLennan County have

recruitment and awareness efforts

stepped up and continue to support

to digital platforms, moved our

our program's advocacy and growth,

advocate pre-service training

including donors and new volunteers.

online, and shifted casework to

During a season when it is necessary

virtual alongside our professional

to close ourselves off in some regards

partners like Child Protective

in the interest of safety, we have been

Services, the Court, and attorneys.

amazed by those who are actively

Our volunteer advocates have

reaching out and wanting to give

found creative ways to connect with

back. We are ready to engage and

their CASA kids electronically,

welcome your continued support.


At the beginning of this fiscal year, CASA completed renovations of our very own Forever Home and moved into our new facility at 1208 North 5th Street in October 2019. Formerly Mount Zion Methodist Church, this permanent facility now provides our program with office space for administrative and advocacy staff, training and meeting rooms, a child friendly area, ample parking, and a nice yard.

OUR FOREVER HOME


BEFORE

Though COVID-19 caused us to limit in-person use of our facility for much of this fiscal year, we experienced our Forever Home’s full potential prior to March and look forward to using our facility for many years to come once it is safe to do so.


This facility offers more than just offices or programming space. Our volunteer advocates have a home base where they can receive training and ongoing quality support from CASA staff, as well as opportunities to interact with other advocates. The property also provides for a comfortable, neutral space for our child welfare community and partner professionals to come together to collaborate, meet, plan, train, and network. CASA is able to host Family Group Conferences, Collaborative Family Engagement meetings, case conferences with attorneys and CPS staff, and some approved visits between parents and children. CASA is honored to open our doors and share our space as we collectively work toward the goal of safety for our community’s children.

AFTER


We could not have accomplished this project without the financial support of many generous donors.

THANKS TO OUR DONORS

Advocacy Wing provided by The Bowen Family Foundation & Cooper Foundation Administrative Wing provided by Waco Foundation Children's Suite provided by Kay & Lyndon Olson

Offices and Conference Rooms provided by Ann & Jay Campbell CASA Board of Directors 2018-2019 Lacy & Doug McNamee Rudy & Myla Schmuck Charitable Fund Baylor Philanthropy & The Public Good Central National Bank

Security & Technology provided by The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation Volunteer Development Suite provided by The Fentress Foundation Welcome Suite provided by Magnolia Foundation

Kay & Lyndon Olson The First National Bank of Central Texas Community Bank & Trust Baylor Kappa Alpha Theta Gordon & Valerie Robinson Ascension Providence Special Thanks to RBDR Architects and Barsh Construction

Our community rallied around us in this effort and we are incredibly grateful for their partnership.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS Executive Committee Mandi DuPuy, President Stephen Carl, Vice President Kristin Henry, Treasurer Nick Deaver, Secretary

Board Members Alexandra Adesina

Jordan Hannah

STAFF

Marissa Stovall

Management Team

Christina Swanson

Anna Futral, Executive Director

Slim Thompson

Rolanda Burns, Director of Advocacy

Bryan Fonville

Lucas Land, Dir. of Communication & Development Julie Abernathy, Program Assistant

Advocate Supervisors Rhonda Ayers, Advocate Trainer & CFE Lead Sonya Cooper Karen Davis, LMSW Katie Mitchell, MSW John Moorman Chelsea Oliver, LMSW Kimberly Witt


THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS! SPECIAL THANKS! OVER $40,000 Baylor Kappa Alpha Theta

United Way of Waco-McLennan County

CHAMPIONS $5,000 - $10,000 Ascension Providence

TFNB Your Bank For Life

First Woodway Baptist Church

Vida Capital-Magna Servicing

Dina Sheets-Roth

Walmart Return Center #9153

Rudy & Myla Schmuck Memorial Fund

PROTECTORS $1,000-$5,000 American Bank

Jimmy John’s Franchise

Ann & Jay Campbell

Magnolia

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Matt Crew

Central National Bank

Lacy & Doug McNamee

Community Bank & Trust

Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee

DuPuy Oxygen

Helena Pinson

Grande Communications

Sacramento Intl. Jet Center, Inc.

H&B Packing

First National Bank of Central Texas

Home State County Mutual Ins.

The Prunty Family Trust

In-N-Out Burger Foundation

Waco Ventures

JRBT

Walmart Corporate Foundation

VOICES $500-$1,000 Kate Bendewald

Louis Englander

Sarah Bracken

Stephen Hall

Ellen & Ray Deaver

Elizabeth Pristash

Mandi & Cary DuPuy

Cody & Callie Schrank

Virginia DuPuy

Matt Smith


GET INVOLVED CASA volunteers are screened and highly trained and then appointed by judges to represent and advocate for a child’s best interests in the child protection system. CASA volunteers are each assigned to help one child or set of siblings at a time, so they can focus on giving that child or sibling group the individualized advocacy and attention they need.

Go to becomeacasa.org to get started!

Spread the Word! Sign up for our email newsletter, follow us on social media, and most importantly tell your friends and family about the critical work that CASA does to serve children and families in crisis in our community. Know someone who would make a great CASA?

Nominate them by going to nominateacasa.org.

As our organization continues to grow its capacity to serve every child in McLennan County that needs a CASA, we will have to grow our sources of income to pay for the staff and resources that make that possible. YOU can join us in reaching that goal by becoming a donor.

Go to casaforeverychild.org to give today!



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