CASA-The Voice for Clinton County's Children (St. Johns, MI)

Name

  • Name:Kelly Schafer
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:CASA-The Voice for Clinton County's Children
  • Address:107 N. Clinton Avenue
    Suite A
    St. Johns, MI 48879
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:517-599-7145

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General

  • Mission:
  • The mission of CASA-The Voice for Clinton County’s Children is to provide trained citizen volunteers to advocate and to collaborate with community resources for the best interests of abused or neglected children involved in court proceedings.

  • Overview:
  • CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) are highly screened, trained, supported, and appreciated volunteers who are appointed by the court. The cases CASA Advocates are appointed are under court jurisdiction due to child abuse or neglect.

    The role of CASA Volunteers in to work in partnerships with community resources to advocate for the needs of the child(ren) in their appointed case. CASA Volunteers typically are appointed to one case at a time; however, their case may include a sibling group. By this design, CASA Volunteers have the capability to really be informed about their one case versus caseworks and attorneys who have multiple cases to oversee. Advocacy work in which CASA Volunteers participate in may include helping the child receive assistance (tutoring) at school, connecting the child to a resource to get equipment for an extra curricular activity, assist in knowing the child is in a good out of home placement, helping DHS Caseworks identify with needs, and assisting in helping the child(ren) cope with what they are experiencing.

    CASA Volunteers see their appointed child(ren) from their case every seven to 10 days. In comparison, Department of Human Services (DHS) caseworkers are required contact every 30 days and the child's court appointed attorney every 90 days. By the very nature and design of the program, the consistency of the CASA Volunteers' contact assists the court in gathering crucial information needed to assist in permanency planning for the children.

    Annually, approximately 130 children come under Clinton County court jurisdiction due to abuse or neglect; there are currently about 60 children placed in out of home care. Our goal is to recruit, screen, train, and support enough volunteers to have a CASA Volunteer Advocate available for every child in Clinton County.

  • History:
  • The concept of CASA service was founded by a judge in Seattle, Washington in the 1970s. The National CASA Association was formerly organized in the 1980s. There are currently over 900 CASA programs serving children in the United States and in 26 of Michigan's counties.

    Early in 2013, a planning committee came together to bring this service to Clinton County, Michigan's children. On October 11, 2013 our program proudly received approval from the National CASA Association.

    As we have rolled out this service in Clinton County, the community response has been extremely positive. We have been invited to speak at numerous community service clubs, strong applicants are coming forward to our growing Board of Directors, citizens are applying to serve as CASA Volunteer Advocates (including two therapy dogs), the community supported our first fundraising event we held in collaboration with another nonprofit agency serving children, and funders are supporting our applications. In just the short time of operations, it is very apparent the community supports this advocacy work for children.

    Currently our 6 CASA Advocates are appointed to 6 cases and serving 13 children. We are pleased to be doubling our CASA Advocates and children we will serve in Spring 2015.

    January 2015 we recognized another need in our community. In partnership with the Department of Human Services (DHS) we have developed the Lullaby Project. The purpose of the Lullaby Project is to provide an overnight bag to children of all ages at the time they are removed from their parents' care. When children are removed, often basic needs go unmet. Through the support of our community partners overnight bags are packed gender and age appropriate. Basic needs items may include shampoo, deodorant, pillows, blankets, diapers and wipes, socks and pajamas. Comfort needs items may include stuffed animals, journals, alarm clocks, night lights, coloring books and crayons, games, and small toys.

  • Year established:2013
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:9
  • Advisory board size:4
  • Staff size:1

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:46-4768200

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:464768200
  • Organization Name:CASA THE VOICE FOR CLINTON COUNTYS CHILDREN
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% KELLY L VOISINET
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 63
  • Organization City:SAINT JOHNS
  • Organization State:MI
  • Organization Zip:48879-0063
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:April, 2014
  • 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):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:I99
  • Asset Amount:$31,173
  • Asset Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • Income Amount:$85,661
  • Income Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$81,915
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 5:14:09 pm

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