CASA for Children (Staunton, VA)

Name

  • Name:Juan Pablo Molina
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:CASA for Children
  • Address:119 West Frederick Street
    Staunton, VA 24401
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:540-213-2272
  • Main fax:540-337-9173

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General

  • Mission:
  • CASA for Children exists to promote and protect the best interest of abused or neglected children involved in the juvenile courts, by training volunteers to advocate for them in courts, in schools and in our community to help them find safe, permanent and loving homes.

  • Overview:
  • Every year in the U. S. more than a half million abused and neglected children are in need of safe, permanent and nurturing homes. Many spend years moving from one temporary home to another. A judge decides the child’s future by considering difficult questions. Is it safe to leave the child in the home with their parents or should they be placed in foster care? Can the child be successfully reunited with their family or should they be placed for adoption? These are challenging decisions for judges to make. Judges rely on Guardians ad Litems (attorneys appointed by the court to represent the child’s best interests), on the Department of Social Services, and on CASA volunteers who manage one case involving a child or sibling group, and spend on average 15-18 months devoted to investigating and monitoring each child’s situation, working closely with the Guardian ad Litem, social services, the schools, counselors, and anyone else involved in the child’s well-being, in order to present the judge in charge of the case with the best possible recommendations.

    Recognizing that every child has a fundamental right to an advocate whose full attention is focused on their needs, and who can help the system provide the needed support, CASA for Children has a powerful vision: helping to change the world for every abused and neglected child. While many compassionate and caring professionals— lawyers, social workers and mental health professionals—work within the local system, too often they have too many children on their caseloads and not enough time to pay adequate attention to each child.

    CASA volunteers are trained and empowered by the courts as “officers of the court'” to provide the “best interest” advocacy that children facing extremely complex situations need. CASA volunteers ensure all options are considered and that everyone involved in the life of each child—biological parents, foster parents, relatives, teachers, childcare providers, pediatricians, and others—informs the critically important decisions made on behalf of the child.

  • History:
  • In 1977, a Seattle juvenile court judge, concerned about making drastic decisions with insufficient information, conceived the idea of citizen volunteers speaking up for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom. From that first program has grown a network of more than 900 “Court Appointed Special Advocate'” (CASA) programs that are recruiting, training and supporting volunteers in 49 states.

    In Virginia, a child is abused and/or neglected every 75 minutes, and every 14 days a child dies from mistreatment. (DSS statistics as of 3/31/2014). The long-term consequences are not only detrimental to the child and their family, but to the community as a whole. In order to combat these incidents, the nonprofit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Children was established in Waynesboro, Virginia, in 1994, to advocate for the best interests of children in the child welfare system. At the request of local judges, CASA expanded services to Lexington/Rockbridge (2008), to Covington/Alleghany County (2010), Buena Vista (2012) and Harrisonburg/Rockingham (2013). In July of 2011, CASA established a satellite office in Lexington and hired a part-time Advocate Manger to serve Alleghany, Covington, Lexington and Rockbridge region. In July of 2013, an office was established in Harrisonburg to serve Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. In addition, in 2012 CASA implemented the new national training curriculum, Fostering Futures, for CASA volunteers who advocate for youth ages 13-18+ who are planning on becoming independent. We are incorporated as a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, and are a member of the national network of 955 state and local programs that to date have helped more than 2 million children find their way to safe and permanent homes.

  • Year established:1994
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:13
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:4

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Colquitt Meachem
    Ellen Boden
    Heather Sutton
    Josh Didawick
    Kim Massie
    Kris McMackin
    Kyleen McMackin
    Laura Desportes
    Ryan Danraj
    Sarah Crenshaw
    Seth Bokelman
    Steve Hildebrand
    Susanna Forren

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Michael Nay, Executive Director

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:54-1721227

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:541721227
  • Organization Name:CASA FOR CHILDREN OF AUGUSTA COUNTY STAUNTON AND WAYNESBORO
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% JUAN PABLO MOLINA
  • Organization Address:119 W FREDERICK ST
  • Organization City:STAUNTON
  • Organization State:VA
  • Organization Zip:24401-3324
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:November, 1994
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):994, 327
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code, Prevention of cruelty to children
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:R200
  • Asset Amount:$388,888
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$246,455
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$246,455
  • Last Updated:2/21/2018 8:45:48 pm

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