Kids' Voice Annual Report for 2017-2018

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ANNUAL REPORT JULY 1, 2017- JUNE 30, 2018

Letter from the Executive Director Dear Friends, Kids’ Voice continued to see increased needs for services across all three of our programs during this period. In response to these needs, Kids’ Voice targeted its efforts to take services into the community to reach more families and children. This outreach was done by adding additional staff members, enhancing outreach, and creating new projects under our existing programs. As a result of our efforts, Kids’ Voice received additional grant support and donations, served more people, and is set up to continue to grow into 2018-2019. Many positive things happened during 2017-2018, including the following: • We were awarded the National Association of Social Workers—Central Indiana Region Community Partner of the Year. • We celebrated the retirement of Kids’ Voice co-founder and attorney, Derelle Watson-Duvall in April. Staff Attorney Katherine Meger Kelsey took over the reigns as the Director of the Kids’ Voice’s Children Law Center of Indiana.

The end of the current fiscal year also brought a unique staff change to Kids’ Voice. As of July 1, 2018, attorney Lindsay Faulkenberg moved into the role of President and CEO, while the former President and CEO, Eddie Rivers, became Chief Development Officer. This strategic change will allow our staff to focus their talents where best suited and deepen our teamwork as we continue into the 2018 fiscal year. Of course, none of this would be possible without our Celebrity Sponsor, Anthony Castonzo of the Indianapolis Colts, Chris and Bruce Arians of the Arians Foundation, the Lilly Endowment, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, and a plethora of wonderful donors, grantors, volunteers, our devoted Board of Directors, and our dedicated staff. Thanks to each of you for your dedication to help us serve more families and children!

• We grew our staff to include additional staff attorneys, a paralegal, and a Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator. • We saw the implementation of the Parenting Coordination Clinic.

Lindsay R. Faulkenberg, J.D. President/CEO

• We received a grant from the Indianapolis Bar Association that allowed us to create the Mobile Law Clinic. • Our staff continued to be an integral part of many community efforts, to serve on community boards and to be recognized with awards. • We trained 42 new Guardian ad Litem volunteers for the Kids’ Voice GAL Program. • We served over 3,100 people through our three programs. • We raised over $935,000 through fundraising events, donations, and grants.

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Eddie L. Rivers Jr. Chief Development Officer

About Kids’ Voice of Indiana ADVOCATE. EDUCATE. PROTECT. Kids’ Voice of Indiana protects abused and neglected children by providing child advocacy, legal education, and family visitation through three programs: Bette J. Dick Guardian ad Litem for Kids Program Derelle Watson-Duvall Children’s Law Center of Indiana Jenny Miller Safe Child Parenting Time Program Kids’ Voice is a prevention organization that deters abused, neglected and endangered children from experiencing or re-experiencing abuse and/or neglect. Without prevention services, abused, neglected, and/or endangered children can become wards of the state, otherwise referred to as a Child in Need of Services (CHINS). The number of CHINS cases has been steadily rising since 2012. According to the Indiana Department of Child Services, in March 2016, there were 20,569 CHINS. As of October 30, 2017, the Indiana Department of Child Services reported 23,956 CHINS filings, a 16.5% increase in the last quarter of 2017 as compared to 2016. In 2015, in Marion County alone, 6,075 Child Neglect and Physical/Sexual Abuse cases were substantiated, yet only 3,844 CHINS cases were filed, leaving 2,231 abused/neglected children without court intervention and protection. These are the families accessing the Kids’ Voice programs. The focus of the programs at Kids’ Voice is to advocate, educate, and protect abused and neglected children. By providing funding to increase the capacity of our programs, Kids’ Voice is able to more effectively and efficiently serve an ever increasing number of abused and neglected children. Domestic violence is increasing in Indiana. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in a single day in 2014 Indiana domestic violence programs served 1,807 victims/ survivors. On that same day, there were 182 requests for services that went unmet due to a lack of resources. The US Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in the October 2011 Juvenile Justice Bulletin article, “Children’s Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence and other Family Violence,” stated that more than 11% of children are exposed to some form of family violence. The only way to break the cycle is to provide children a safe environment to ensure violent behaviors are not passed onto the next generation.

Children need a voice...They need Kids’ Voice. 2017-2018 Annual Report July 1, 2017- June 30, 2018

Financial Statement Revenue

Total Revenue for July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018: $940,194.61


Total Expenses for July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018: $859,629.48

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ADVOCATE Guardian ad Litem Program Guardian ad Litem (GAL) — program provides court-appointed GAL representation for children involved in civil court cases—guardianship, adoption, divorce, and paternity. There are 260 active volunteers, who provide an average of 40 hours for each child’s case. A typical case for a child involves an average of 14 months of assessment, records, reporting, and court hearings. For this fiscal year, we had 357 cases, for 427 children, that is at least 14,280 hours provided for these children—keeping them from becoming a Child in Need of Services (CHINS), or a ward of the state. Cases are becoming much more complex and require more work due to the opoid crisis and the need to find safe environments for the children left behind. An intensive assessment is made for each child, including: home visits; interviewing various individuals involved in the child’s care, education, and support; and requesting and reviewing criminal histories, Department of Child Service records, school, and medical records; speaking to counselors and teachers – all prior to preparing recommendations to a judge. Kids’ Voice provides a comprehensive view of the child’s situation with reports, home studies, and evidence. A 14-month case for a child costs Kids’ Voice approximately $2,000. We have had some cases last as long as five years. GAL fees are minimal and are offered on a sliding scale, waived in many cases, and are only collected in approximately half of our cases. ALL children receive help from Kids’ Voice, regardless of financial situation.

Program Impact

In the fall of 2016, Kids’ Voice was appointed as Guardian ad Litem for a 16-year-old child named Annie. Annie, a young mother herself, had been bouncing between different homes for several years, as neither of her parents were providing a home for her. After giving birth to her own child, Annie began having significant health problems that required surgery. However, neither of her parents were willing to sign the required documents for her to get Medicaid, and the hospital would not perform the surgery without proof of insurance. Being the resourceful and resilient young lady that she is, Annie reached out to the court directly and asked to be emancipated. That’s when Kids’ Voice was appointed to investigate.

The GAL discovered that since 2012, Annie had lived in a few different places, including with a lady named Valerie and her family. Valerie had consistently provided support for Annie and maintained close contact with her even during the brief periods when Annie returned to live with her mother and with her boyfriend’s parents. The GAL also learned that both Mother and Father had criminal histories, including recent incidents, and that Annie had frequently witnessed domestic violence and substance abuse as a child. Ultimately, the GAL recommended that Valerie become Annie’s third-party custodian. We believed that this was the best possible outcome as Valerie was able to continue providing Annie and her baby with a stable, loving home. She also had the legal authority to ensure that Annie has access to all of the educational and healthcare services she needs. More importantly, this solution gave Annie the opportunity to regain some semblance of a childhood. She also was able to have surgery, and she is now in great health!

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EDUCATE Children’s Law Center of Indiana Children’s Law Center of Indiana (Law Center) — provides legal information and training for legal professionals and the community. Through presentations and trainings, 1,533 individuals were educated and informed on children’s issues. Our staff responded to 803 inquiries from attorneys, judges, and the community regarding children’s legal issues, and 52 case law updates and 13 legal articles were posted to our website. Our website is continually updated with information and materials to assist the community and legal professionals in issues pertaining to children. Our website had 26,915 page views over the past year, including 17,025 new users, and 9,890 returning users. There were 14,772 users who found us through a search on the Internet. This year we added Google Ads to our website to increase the website traffic and our brand awareness. Our website is at: The Law Center has also launched three new programs during the 2017-2018 year. Those programs are: • The Community Mobile Law Program • Parenting Coordination Clinic • Guardianship Clinic Information about these new programs are available on our website at under the Program tab.

Program Impact

Kids’ Voice attorneys began receiving several phone calls a day from parents who were undocumented immigrants but who had children that were US citizens. These parents wanted to know how to make arrangements for the care of their UScitizen children in case the parents were detained and deported. Otherwise, they could be separated from their children with no practical way to be reunited, and their children could end up in foster care. The Kids’ Voice attorneys decided this was a rapidly emerging need in the community that had to be met immediately. One Kids’ Voice attorney drafted Standby Guardianship forms, as well as Parental Power of Attorney forms. The attorney then reached out to an immigration attorney, who was able to assist with providing a Spanish translation of the forms, as well as adding in specific language that would be important for families who had been detained and deported. Another Kids’ Voice attorney began working with a local organization called COIN (Coalition for Our Immigrant Neighbors). Through collaboration with COIN and other organizations, the Kids’ Voice attorney was able to use the forms the other Kids’ Voice attorney had developed and begin running Family Safety Planning Clinics. These Family Safety Planning Clinics were designed to help undocumented immigrants make plans for the care and custody of their US-citizen children in the event that the parents themselves were detained, deported, or otherwise rendered unavailable to care for their children. These clinics continue to be held all over Marion County, as well as in some of the surrounding counties.

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PROTECT Safe Child Parenting Time Program Safe Child Parenting Time (SCPT) Program (formerly Supervised Parent-Child Visitation) — provides safe and fully supervised parenting time (visitation) for children to visit with a parent as required by a court order or the parties’ written agreement. 502 visits were supervised by Kids’ Voice from July 1 , 2017 to June 30, 2018. The underlying premise of a supervised parenting time program is to ensure the safety of the child when visiting their parent when the court has determined that parent to be a risk to the child’s safety. Supervised parenting time allows for a child to safely visit with a parent and maintain a healthy relationship with both of their parents, while reducing the sense of loss and/or abandonment that children often experience. Supervisors are screened and trained by Kids’ Voice and keep detailed notes regarding observations of each session. 862 hours (502 visits) of supervision were provided from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018. The benefit of the Safe Child Parenting Time Program is far-reaching. First, a child is safe from witnessing and/or experiencing further abuse. Second, participation gives them the opportunity to begin the healing process, making them healthier and more productive individuals. Finally, it breaks the cycle of abuse for future generations.

Program Impact Mother and Father divorced after having two children, Melina and Miranda. Father obtained sole custody of the children, alleging that Mother had severe mental health issues. However, Father took the children and fled to another country. Mother was able to eventually have Melina and Miranda returned to her in the United States. Mother was then given sole custody of the children, and Father was given supervised parenting time, because the court determined that Father was a flight risk, and that he might take the children out of country again in order to prevent Mother from having custody. The court ordered Father to have supervised parenting time at Kids’ Voice, in the Safe Child Parenting Time Program. Father began visiting with Melina and Miranda for two hours every week when the children were only five years old. Father developed cancer and eventually lost his job when he became too ill to work. Kids’ Voice continued to provide supervised parenting for Father and Melina and Miranda. Kids’ Voice’s CEO arranged for Father to pay a very reduced fee for visits because of his illness. Although Father sometimes missed scheduled visits due to his treatments, the Visitation Program Manager made sure keep Father and Melina and Miranda on the schedule so that they could see each other and made up visits when Father’s health permitted it. Father completed his cancer treatment, and he and Melina and Miranda have a positive relationship. They play music together and work on crafts during visits. Because of Kids’ Voice, Melina and Miranda have had the chance to know their father throughout their childhood.

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Donors and Supporters THANK YOU to our donors and supporters who have supported Kids’ Voice of Indiana through financial and in-kind gifts. Your gifts are vital in providing the children we serve with the quality programs and dedicated, trained volunteers and staff who are always working for the best interests of the child. We are grateful for your support! LEGACY


$10,000 and Above

$1,000 to $2,499

Bruce and Christine Arians Indianapolis Bar Foundation Live Nation Worldwide, Inc. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Ascension Ashley Griffith Brave Heart Foundation Erie Indemnity Erie Insurance Indianapolis Colts Jenna Bieker Jon Desalvo Marvin Johnson & Associates, Inc. Miscellaneous Cash Donation MMY Consulting Neal Smith Robert Manross Technology Recyclers The Clowes Fund, A Family Foundation Vision Event Management


$5,000 to $9,999 74 Foundation, Inc. Barnes & Thornburg Carol Loggins Eddie and Jennifer Rivers Healthcare Initiatives, Inc. Ice Miller LLP Jim Lines Kory M. Futa TenderCare Home Health Services The Louis S. Hensley, Jr., Family Foundation, Inc.


$2,500 to $4,999 Alex Paskoff Bethanne Gruner Charles W. Brown Children’s Bureau, Inc. David P.P. Lindsey, Sr. Lawrence Exchange Club Marietta Financial Services Ogletree Deakins Law Firm Sign Craft Industries

“I thank you [Kids’ Voice] with everything in me. You guys transformed my world and have made a clean pathway for me to take my son down so he’ll never have to see or hear the things I did. Just know I love you guys so much and I’m so blessed to have such good people in my life. I wouldn’t trade this life for anything all because of you!” GAL Client

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Donors and Supporters BENEFACTOR

Patron continued

$500 to $999

Alice Aldridge Bill and Connie Williams Christopher Platt Crest I. LLC D. Elizabeth “Beth” Cox Dakota Kaplan Daniel E. Barrow Danny Portee David Sewell Delta Faucet Company Gregory L. Wood Joyce Schooley Kroger Community Rewards Larry Sexton Lindsay Faulkenberg Marisa Vayilian Network for Good Professional Management Enterprises Stacy Kelley State Employees Community Campaign (United Way) Superior Tote Solutions Todd Moore Travelers VonLehman CPA & Advisory Firm

Matthew Dinn Maple Creek Golf and Country Club Mays Chemical Michele Lauer Robert A. Schembs Rodney and Anamaria Schrock Scott Zarazee Vinyard Vines Retail, LLC Wayne and Kathy Moore Wurster Construction Co., Inc.

70% of our families served are at or below poverty level. Our programs are offered at free or little cost. All children are helped - regardless of the family.




Up to $249

Anonymous Donors Bill Bissmeyer Bob Ellis Caroline D. Rosewell Colin Koons Defenders Emswiller Williams Noland & Clarke, P.C. Florence Roisman Frame IT Frank A. Rodriguez, Jr. Greg Maurer James Abbs Jeffrey Kelsey Jennifer Hanley Kaley Smith

Alex Seely Alexandra Miller Amanda Hutchison Amy E. Nemec Andrea Sneden Andrew Achey Audra Loggins Barbara S. Fitterer Barbra Ann Bachmeier Beth Hatfield Luff Beth Hillenmeyer, LCSW ACSW Bill T. Jerrow Bob and Susan Guindon Brandon E. Tate Brian Waite Bryan Stoffel Cameron Rivers Carissa Walls

Katherine Meger Kelsey

Louis S. Hensley III

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Donors and Supporters Supporter continued Carolyn W Bogar Catherine Kyle Chelsea Courtney Cheryl Schafer Christ Church Cathedral Christian Armando Mendoza Calix Christina Engleking Christy Smith Clarissa A. Finnell Connie C. Rich Costco Wholesale Corporation Cross, Pennamped, Woolsey & Glazier, P.C. Cynthia Dean Danielle Gregory David and Carey Bryson David Barrett Best/Judith LaFourest David Wendlinger Deborah Webb Denise Hayden Dennis Lugar Derelle Watson-Duvall Donald and Maurie Phelan Donald Herlitz Douglas and Kimberly Latham Edward J. Nimtz Eli Lilly Emily Angel Frederick A. Turner G & S Farrell Gerald Zore Give Back Foundation Gwen Gruner Health Connections Irwin Levin J. Kathryn Jenkins Jaime Lopez James P. Meger Jane Glynn Janet Roepke Janice Mandla Mattingly, P.C. Jeffry and Belinda Young Jennifer Schrontz Jessica and Jenny Aldridge Jim and Angela Abbett Jim and Carrie Boedeker Jim and Susan Thompson Joan Champagne John and Armonia Fernandez

John Henning John Loggins Johnathan Aldridge Joni Saxon Judy and Sammi Hoovler Judy Wade Julie Hamblen Julie Marie Chavez Corporation Jyun-Siang Yang Karin Marie Brown Kate Berghoff Katrina Lynn Kelly Hamman Kelly Roxanne Hansan Kelsey Olson Kevin and Jodi West Kevin Bowen Kevin Steltz Konstantine Orfanos Laura L. McCown Lawrence and Constance Gruner Leslie V. Rex Lisa and David Walden Lisa Kennedy Lori Craig Maggie and Curt Johnson Maureen Keefe Melinda Mains Maria Larrison and Floyd Larrison Mark Loggins Mark T. McSweeney Mary Jo Wedding Maryann Williams Matthew S. Williams Meghan Krishnayya Merle Rose Michael Manross Michael Silver Michael Smith Michael Wukmer Michele Jennings MJ Layne LLC Nancy Frankhouser Patricia E. Spiehler Patricia Grabill Patricia R. Scott Paul E. Baylor Rachel Purviance Rachel Webster Rayann Knepley Raymond Wetnight

Robert and Elaine Holloway Robert Hassee Robert Somers Robert W. Baker Ron and Rhonda Glecker Samuel Clyde Arp, II Sandra D. Abshire Scott and Melissa Schulman Shari Sanders Sherry Angel Shirley Hutchi Smart, Kessler & Lowe, LLC Stephanie K. Gookins Steven Mannheimer Stuart and Teresa Devaul Susan Evans T. Mendez Tara Cooksey Terry and Mary Jo Johnson Theresa Ebbs Tina Cloer Tina Stillabower Tom Weinzapfel Tony A. Gibbens Valory Myers Vanessa Lopez Aguilera Venetia L. Faulkenberg Vicki Kelsey Victor Perkins Virginia B. Berry Virginia Resides Wendy and Ray Muston William Baldwin William Monachino Yetunde Okunade Aird Zaida Maldonado-Prather

We appreciate all of our supporters, each who are crucial to our ability to help children. We carefully review the generous donations that are provided. If we have made an error, we apologize, and please notify us at

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Kids’ Voice Staff Lindsay R. Faulkenberg, J.D. - President/CEO Eddie L. Rivers Jr. - Chief Development Officer Bethanne Gruner - Director of Internal Operations Katherine Meger Kelsey - Director of Childrens’ Law Center of Indiana Emily Angel - Supervising Attorney D. Elizabeth Cox - Staff Attorney Colin Koons - Staff Attorney Nicole Goodson - Staff Attorney Chelsea Shelburne - Staff Attorney Rayann Knepley - Paralegal Carol Loggins - Grants/Events Coordinator Claudia Needleman Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator and Safe Child Parenting Time Program Manager

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Board of Directors Board of Directors 2018-2019 President Michael Manross, Co-founder of getSayDo Vice President Amanda Hutchison, Senior Manager Defender Direct Secretary Caroline Rosewell, Senior Director Eli Lilly & Co. Treasurer Ali Lotfalian, Manager, CPA VonLehman CPA & Advisory Firm At-Large Members John Henning, Corporate Counsel Wabash National Corporation Denise Hayden, Attorney Jessica Aldridge, District Sales Manager Erie Insurance Michael A Wukmer, Partner Ice Miller, LLP Jeff Kelsey, Partner Barnes & Thornburg Jonathan Desalvo, President Arcamed, LLC Stacy Kelley, Attorney Glaser & Ebbs

Kory Futa, Global Account Manager Global Knowledge David Sewell, Vice President First Internet Bank Jeff Taylor, Chief Financial Officer Wabash National Advisory Board 2016-2018 Anthony Castonzo, Offensive Tackle Indianapolis Colts Bruce and Chris Arians, Retired Arizona Cardinals Jeff Saturday, Retired Indianapolis Colts Louis Hensley III, VP Corporate Banking National Bank of Indianapolis Paul Rothwell, VP Smart IT Staffing Larry Marietta, CPA Marietta Financial Services James Masur II, Attorney Robert W. York & Associates Jim Lines JLA Bakery Solutions Bradford Addison Ph.D, Partner Life Science Practice Group Chair Barnes & Thornburg

Howard Mays Self-Employed Kyle Allen, IT Analyst Eli Lilly & Co. Michelle Hawes, Marketing Manager 2 Ingram Micro Mobility

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Your support is what provides help to the abused and neglected children we serve – your continued support is needed to meet the increased number of children that we provide for. Please help their voices to be heard and their needs to be met by making a donation—it is a simple process that will have a lasting effect. Please visit our website at, or call (317) 558-2870, ext. 325.