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Court Appointed Special Advocates

 1505 E 17th Street, Suite #214
 Santa Ana, CA 92705
[P] (714) 619-5151
[F] (714) 619-5152
www.casaoc.org
[email protected]
Regan Phillips
FOUNDED: 1985
INCORPORATED: 1985
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Organization DBA CASA Of Orange County
CASA
CASA-OC
CASAOC
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 33-0069334 00000

Summary


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Mission StatementMORE »

CASA provides a powerful voice for youth in the child welfare system through a unique one-on-one relationship with trained and supervised court appointed volunteer advocates. We work to ensure that these youth are safe, have a permanent home and an opportunity to thrive.

Mission Statement

CASA provides a powerful voice for youth in the child welfare system through a unique one-on-one relationship with trained and supervised court appointed volunteer advocates. We work to ensure that these youth are safe, have a permanent home and an opportunity to thrive.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $2,908,142.00
Projected Revenue $2,943,100.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Mentor-Advocate Program
  • Family Connections

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Overview


Mission Statement

CASA provides a powerful voice for youth in the child welfare system through a unique one-on-one relationship with trained and supervised court appointed volunteer advocates. We work to ensure that these youth are safe, have a permanent home and an opportunity to thrive.


Background Statement

CASA is a powerful model for investing in the current well-being and future success of foster youth.  As Orange County's exclusive provider of volunteer-driven advocacy for children in the dependency system in our county, CASA provides an invaluable service to foster youth and the juvenile court.  Volunteers serve as a trusted mentor and role model for children and make crucial recommendations to the court to ensure that all of a child's needs are addressed while they are in foster care - educationally, medically, therapeutically and where they are living.  As a result of the work of CASA volunteers, many children begin to overcome an abusive past, graduate from high school, and start down a path toward a positive, self-sufficient future.

Impact Statement

2016/17 Accomplishments:
 
1. 634 volunteer advocates provided over 60,000 hours of mentoring and advocacy services to 707
abused and neglected foster children.
2. We provided ongoing in-service training and supervision to 634 volunteers.
3. As for outcomes, our most recent six month outcomes survey indicates that our volunteers are
making a difference. Of those children who exhibited a change, 71% showed improved behavior in
their homes, 69% displayed positive behavioral modifications in school and 76% expressed increased
motivation and plans for the future.
4. In a recent survey, we directly questioned our advocates about their experience volunteering with
our program, and here are the results: 97% of our advocates feel as though they have made a
positive change in the life of the child they are matched with; 99% feel supported by their Case
Supervisors; 88% feel that their opinion is respected by the child’s social worker; 77% feel that their
recommendations were fully considered by the judge presiding over their CASA child's case and 91%
feel that being a CASA volunteer is the best volunteer role they’ve ever had.

Needs Statement

As CASA is 95% privately funded through donations, additional support from the community is always needed to help us recruit, train and support more dedicated volunteers to be paired with the 212 foster youth on our waiting list.

CEO Statement

CASA is a unique organization that gives ordinary individuals in our community the opportunity to make a truly life-changing difference for a child.  The CASA youth will tell you that there is something special about having a CASA volunteer - a consistent and caring person who is there simply because they care and who is focused solely on that one child's needs.  I invite you to join our team and help us make a difference for more of these kids - whether it is through becoming a volunteer or making a donation.  Thank you for your support!

Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

CASA of Orange County is supported by the generous donations of individuals, families, companies, foundations, organizations and churches. There are countless ways to support the children of CASA. To speak with CASA of Orange County about additional ways to give, please contact Matthew Wadlinger at (714) 619-5149.

Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County
CASA serves abused and neglected children throughout all of Orange County, California.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Foster Care
  2. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy -
  3. -

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Programs


Mentor-Advocate Program

CASA remains focused on serving our at-risk youth through the Mentor-Advocate Program (CASA). Each CASA volunteer completes 30-hours of court-mandated training, undergoes an extensive background check and makes a two year commitment to spend 10-15 hours per month with their assigned child. Additionally, CASA has several subgroups of Mentor-Advocates. Each are focused on a specific area to meet the diverse and special needs of each child (Educational advocacy, Monitor advocacy, Emancipation advocacy, emergency CASA's-on-call).
Budget  $1,685,017.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Foster Care
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  Our most recent six-month Case Outcomes Survey clearly indicates that our volunteers are making a difference.  Of those children who exhibited a change, 68% showed improvement in educational performance, 68% displayed positive behavioral modifications and 76% expressed increased motivation and plans for the future.
Program Long-Term Success 

Children with a CASA volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care.

Cases involving a CASA volunteer are less likely to re-enter the system.
Program Success Monitored By  CASA measures its successes both quantitatively and qualitatively – it is our goal to serve as many dependent children as possible, while having the greatest possible impact on their lives and futures. Every six months, Case Supervisors complete a Case Outcomes Survey that tracks five key outcome areas for each active case, including changes in placement, educational performance and behavior. Most importantly, CASA also sends out two annual surveys, one targeted toward our volunteer advocates and another toward the children we serve.  All of the  evaluation data is reviewed by our management staff on a quarterly basis to identify successes, determine challenges and to change our program to increase the rate of success both on an individual and system-wide basis.
Examples of Program Success 
Joshua has been in the system twice. The first time was in 2001 when he was 7. The case closed in 2003 after reunification with the mother, but a few days later Joshua and his siblings were once again removed. The mother regained custody and the case closed in 2005. In 2008 the siblings were once again removed. His father sexually abused him and his step-father murdered his mother. Both Joshua’s parents are now deceased. He was previously in a home with his younger siblings, who were adopted by the foster parents but they didn’t want to adopt Joshua because he was “too old.”  
Joshua’s CASA is the only person in his life who “doesn’t wear a badge” and Joshua recently told his CASA that he's like a brother to him. Although he was once incredibly anxious in social settings, the youth has now blossomed because of his advocate’s mentorship. He is attending college in the fall, has landed his first job, and took his CASA to lunch with his first paycheck to thank him for all he has done.

Family Connections

The CASA Family Connections Program was created to identify and engage family members in the lives of CASA youth in the foster care system.  Our program focuses on youth who have few or no relationships with their extended family members.  There is compelling evidence that children who have connections to their family and other relations have improved behavior, improved school performance, healthier relationships, that they will extend to their future families and more hopefulness in their lives.  Our goal is to provide permanency by connecting these youth with as many healthy and appropriate family members – relatives and non-relatives – as possible. 
Budget  $50,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Foster Care
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  98% of the children in our program have more family contacts.
Program Long-Term Success  89% have a permanent family connection and 10-12% are adopted by family members they had lost contact with.
Program Success Monitored By  CASA measures its successes both quantitatively and qualitatively – it is our goal to serve as many dependent children as possible, while having the greatest possible impact on their lives and futures. Every six months, Case Supervisors complete a Case Outcomes Survey that tracks five key outcome areas for each active case, including changes in placement, educational performance and behavior. Most importantly, CASA also sends out two annual surveys, one targeted toward our volunteer advocates and another toward the children we serve.  All of the  evaluation data is reviewed by our management staff on a quarterly basis to identify successes, determine challenges and to change our program to increase the rate of success both on an individual and system-wide basis.
Examples of Program Success  Robert came into the system at the age of 9 in 2006 for allegations of failure to protect. An older sister took legal guardianship and the case was closed in 2009. The sister left the home and left Robert with her partner. He began to exhibit defiant and aggressive behavior and was brought back into the system in 2010. Early in the case the whereabouts of both parents became unknown. He was assigned to a CASA a short time after he entered the system for the second time. For a long time Robert had longed to find members of his biological family. The advocate referred Robert’s case to the CASA Family Connections program.

Family Connections located multiple family members for this youth who had no connections in his life other than his advocate. Family members have reached out to Robert and are developing relationships with him. The additional family support has really begun to help him thrive and be motivated to pursue his dreams.


Management


CEO/Executive Director Regan Phillips
CEO Term Start Dec 2014
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Regan Dean Phillips, first became involved with CASA in 2001 as she pursued her Master's degree in Social Work at Columbia University. In the second year of that program she was assigned to a one year internship at CASA in New York City. After relocating back to California, Regan attended Chapman University Law School and worked part-time for the Law Office of Harold LaFlamme (contracted through Orange County’s Juvenile Dependency Court) as an investigator. Upon passing the bar and being sworn in as an attorney she was hired full-time as Minor’s Counsel at the Orange County Juvenile Dependency Court. Regan also served on the Governing Board for CASA of Orange County for four years and most recently was an Associate Attorney with the Law Office of Rigg and Dean in Irvine. Regan began her position as Chief Program Officer with CASA of Orange County on July 20, 2015 and was promoted to CEO of CASA of Orange County in December 2017.

 

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mrs. Kathryn Seebold Dec 2014 Nov 2017

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Regan Phillips Chief Program Officer --
Rebecca Rader Chief Advancement Officer --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Volunteer Organization of the Year One OC 2012

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 27
Number of Part Time Staff 5
Number of Volunteers 600
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 25
Hispanic/Latino: 5
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 29
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Ted Nark
Board Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Chair Term July 2018 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
James Carlo Cascone Partner, Deloitte and Touche LLP Voting
Larry Cerutti Troutman Sanders LLP Voting
Thomas Chou -- Voting
David Fisher Managing Director, PIMCO Voting
Mark Foster -- Voting
Jenny Gross -- Voting
Rebecca Hall Idea Hall Voting
John Hohener Microsemi Voting
Andrew Huffman Hines Voting
Patty Juarez Wells Fargo Bank Voting
Mark J. Kerslake Province Group/Newport Equities LLC Voting
Susan Leibel -- --
Kristen McCarthy BDO --
Ted Nark KRG Capital Voting
John Sabourin President, Tenant Guardian Voting
Todd Smith Business Litigation Attorney, Umberg Zipser LLP Voting
Matt Todsen MKT Wealth Management Voting
Lindsey Ueberroth CEO & President Preferred Hotels & Resorts Voting
Jaynine Warner Community Volunteer --
Liz Williams Taco Bell Voting
Courtney Wittkop Community Volunteer Voting
Michael Wong President & CEO, Genea Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 20
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 10
Male: 12
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 75%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

  • Audit
  • Board Development / Board Orientation
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance

Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $2,969,543 $2,884,163 $2,433,226
Total Expenses $2,514,265 $2,399,657 $2,373,070

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$1,297,137 $1,284,210 $980,679
Government Contributions $102,726 $59,328 $59,148
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $102,726 $59,328 $59,148
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- $0 $0
Earned Revenue -- $0 $0
Investment Income, Net of Losses $404 $1 $122
Membership Dues $300 $4,300 $3,301
Special Events $1,568,975 $1,536,294 $1,389,976
Revenue In-Kind -- $0 $0
Other $1 $30 $0

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $1,897,760 $1,843,045 $1,836,285
Administration Expense $230,059 $215,157 $178,543
Fundraising Expense $386,446 $341,455 $358,242
Payments to Affiliates -- $0 $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.18 1.20 1.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses 75% 77% 77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 13% 12% 15%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $2,040,857 $1,524,592 $1,001,407
Current Assets $1,987,911 $1,339,130 $821,589
Long-Term Liabilities -- $1 $0
Current Liabilities $249,893 $189,128 $150,308
Total Net Assets $1,790,964 $1,335,463 $851,099

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 7.96 7.08 5.47

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value $9,586.00
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

                

 

Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the 990s and audited financial statements  and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions. 

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