Children in Placement Connecticut
155 East Street
Suite 202
New Haven CT 06511
Contact Information
Address 155 East Street
Suite 202
New Haven, CT 06511-
Telephone (203) 784-0344 x203
Fax 203-784-0347
E-mail office@casaofct.org
Web and Social Media
Mission

The mission of the Children in Placement, Connecticut's State CASA program, is to support and promote volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) so that every child in Connecticut can live free from abuse & neglect, have a safe & permanent home, and have the opportunity to truly thrive

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1987
Organization's type of tax exempt status Exempt-Other
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Lindsey Price Jackson Esq.
Board Chair Ms. Sheryl A Ryan M.D.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Yale School of Medicine
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $435,900.00
Projected Expenses $432,000.00
Statements
Mission

The mission of the Children in Placement, Connecticut's State CASA program, is to support and promote volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) so that every child in Connecticut can live free from abuse & neglect, have a safe & permanent home, and have the opportunity to truly thrive

Background

Established in 1979, Children in Placement/CT CASA (CIP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that began as a pilot program to help abused and neglected children move from Connecticut’s court system into safe and permanent homes. In 1995, CIP became the Connecticut state affiliate of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association. Following the National CASA model, our employees recruit, specially screen, train, and support local volunteers from all walks of life to provide in-court advocacy for abused and neglected children in their own communities. Our CASA/GAL (court appointed special advocate/guardian ad litem) volunteers work with each child on a one-to-one basis. They advocate for the child’s best interest at court hearings, connect children & their families to community resources, and help children move from the court system into safe and permanent homes, where they can thrive at home, at school, and in life. 

Impact

1. In FY 2015-16, Children in Placement/CT CASA (CIP) provided over 4800 hours of advocacy by 198 volunteer CASA/GALs (Court Appointed Special Advocates/Guardians ad Litem) who advocated for approximately 300 abused and neglected children in child protection cases in Connecticut's Juvenile Superior and Children's Probate Courts. Our CASA/GAL volunteers provide advocacy & support for children by independently investigating into the specific needs of each child, providing written court reports & testimony at court hearings, meeting face-to-face with each child monthly, and recommending services the child may need, including: social services, legal services, after-school programs, mental and physical healthcare, and other community resources and basic needs.

2. In 2016, Children in Placement gave two 40-hour Pre-Service GAL Trainings for 12 new community volunteers. Each training session provided volunteers with intense advocacy instruction based on The National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association's volunteer training curriculum. This year, our twelve new volunteers have already begun to provide critical advocacy for abused & neglected children all over the state, supporting our current programming at courts we serve like Bridgeport, Hartford, Middletown, New Britain, New Haven, Rockville, Torrington, Waterbury, Waterford, Willimantic and others.

3. CIP provided at least 20 hours of in-service training to existing volunteers in 2016. CIP offered Flex Learning courses that combine both in-person and online delivery of training material, on topics including Fostering Futures (focusing on older youth in foster care), Planning & Placement (practical tools for serving children in foster care), and Trauma & Attachment. All of CIP's trainings were developed to give CASA/GAL volunteers the tools they need to provide the best advocacy for children and to help children move quickly through the court system to safe and permanent homes, where they can thrive.

Needs

1.With CT’s debt, it is increasingly precarious to rely on the State to provide a large portion of our operating funds. Our most pressing need is to increase outside funding sources. Without the funds to operate, CIP is be unable to meet the needs of abused & neglected children languishing in foster care with an advocate.

2.New Haven has many large NPOs and educational institutions, which creates a challenge to competitively compensate a high-quality Fund Developer. CIP has traditionally employed a part-time Fund Developer and, for the past several years, CIP has hired Fund Developers, only for them to leave in about a year’s to accept full-time employment elsewhere.

3.Last year CIP was locked out from making changes to our website. A website is the face of one’s organization, and having a defunct/poorly-designed website can be very damaging, turning away prospective volunteers, employees & donors. Funds to complete our new website is a primary need.

4.Board development is a pressing need. The Board Members we have are of exceptional caliber, but it would be very beneficial to increase the size and strength of our Board.

5.Since January 1, 2017, CIP has a new Interim Executive Director, Lindsey Price Jackson. As a new Director, Lindsey welcomes as much support as possible.

CEO Statement Children in Placement has demonstrated excellence in advocating for Connecticut's most vulnerable children for nearly forty years.  Our rigorously trained volunteers serve their local communities and bring local values and community watch-care into the judicial process.  In every case, I see our volunteer CASA/GALs as more committed to the child they serve, more focuses on identifying the child's best interests, and more willing to dedicate the time it takes to understand each child's unique situation than anyone else in the court process.  Support for this program ensures a zealous voice of advocacy for abused children and foster youth who may otherwise fall through the cracks. 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Children's and Youth Services
Areas Served
State wide
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
Other
The demographics of the children served by CIP include approx. 32% Black/African American, 25% Hispanic/Latino, 1% Asian/Pacific Islander, 37% White Caucasian & 5% Multiracial. The children we serve live predominantly in low-income households.
 
The children served by CIP volunteers in the courts serving Greater New Haven at any given time may reside in New Haven, North Haven, West Haven, East Haven, Milford, Orange, Woodbridge, Hamden, Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, and Bethany.
Programs
Description

CIP’s volunteer CASA/GAL program aims to provide abused & neglected children who have juvenile and probate court cases in Connecticut with advocacy and support, helping them move quickly through the court system and into safe, permanent homes where they can thrive. In FY 2015-16, 198 CIP volunteers provided over 4800 hours of service advocating for nearly 300 children by investigating each child’s living situation/conditions and providing accurate and timely reports on the child’s best interest at court hearings. CIP trains new GALs each year via intensive 40-hour pre-service trainings.


CIP’s volunteers provide the court with clear recommendations to help children make positive progress away from trauma and towards permanency. At court hearings, CIP CASA/GALs often recommend that the court link children to social services, legal services, mental & physical healthcare, parent aid providers and other community resources.

Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Families / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Children in Placement's indicators for short-term success include increasing brand promotion and marketing to attract new GAL volunteers to serve more abused and neglected children who have child protection cases in the state's juvenile and probate courts.  CIP currently has 194 GAL's serving 197 children, providing accurate recommendations to the court, based on investigation and observation of the child's living situation, to move the child's case quickly through the courts with a positive resolution, being either reunited or staying in the home, if possible, or to a permanent living situation or adoption.  Each year, many child protection cases are quickly resolved although difficult cases can continue for a year or longer.  Children in Placement continually strives to advocate in the best interest of the child, so each child can thrive at home, in school, and in life.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

100% of children with a CIP GAL, and who have a child protection case in the State's juvenile and probate courts, will be provided at least 8 hours of advocacy, with one face-to-face meeting with the GAL each month, resulting in accurate court reporting in the best interest of the child.

At least 75% of children with a CIP GAL will have their cases successfully closed with positive results within six months of a CIP GAL being appointed to the case. Not every case will move this quickly through the court system, although each CIP GAL will stay with the case until the child is placed in a permanent nurturing home.

95% of new CIP GAL volunteers will complete 40 hours of pre-service training and will be appointed a child protection court case by Connecticut’s juvenile and probate courts. CIP plans to train at least 25 new GAL’s in FY 2015-16 and will provide at least four 3-hour sessions of in-service training for active GAL's.

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Children in Placement GAL's provide advocacy by observing and documenting the child's living situation in court appointed cases.  The GAL provides written court reports, which are copied to the program coordinator.  Also, CIP's eight program coordinators gather monthly statistics in the organization's electronic recordkeeping system on the numbers of new child protection cases appointed by Connecticut's juvenile and probate courts to GAL's; active cases; and the number of cases closed.  CIP's Training Coordinator also provides monthly statistics on the numbers of GAL volunteers recruited; GAL's assigned to new cases; active GAL's and new GAL's who completed training.  CIP provides quarterly and annual reports to the National CASA Association to report on the number of children served, the outcomes (where children were placed), and number of volunteers.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

In a recent court appointed case in New Haven, Children in Placement’s GAL volunteer met with the mother and grandparent to reach a solution for visitation with the child. Prior to this, the grandparent and mother could not agree on visitation. The mother was working toward reunification with the child and her visits often didn't well into the child's schedule. The mother and the child’s grandfather had been unable to come to agreement on the terms of the visitation. The CIP GAL volunteer noticed that the young child was very adept at using her iPad.  The GAL suggested the mother use video-conferencing (Skype) as a way of visitation.  All parties agreed this was good solution.  The child agreed and Skype visits were recommended in the court hearing. The final resolution was in the child’s best interest, and helped create more peaceful communications within the family.


Program Comments
CEO Comments


CEO/Executive Director
Ms. Lindsey Price Jackson Esq.
Term Start Jan 2017
Email lpj@casaofct.org
Experience
Lindsey Price Jackson, Esq. is a graduate of Brigham Young University (B.S. Developmental Psychology) and the Penn State Dickinson School of Law (J.D.).  Ms. Jackson also holds certifications in Nonprofit Management and Grant Writing.  During law school, Ms. Jackson served as a clinical student-attorney, representing children as Attorney for the Minor Child and as Guardian ad Litem.  After graduating from law school, Lindsey practiced criminal law in Philadelphia before coming to Connecticut to work with Children In Placement as a Volunteer Coordinator in 2015. 
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 5
Number of Part Time Staff 5
Number of Volunteers 198
Staff Retention Rate 80%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Joan B. Jenkins J.D.Jan 1995 - July 2013
Mr. John Kelley Esq. 2012 - 2016
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations
CIP works in constant collaboration with the State Judiciary, the Dept. of Children and Families, and attorney members of the CT Bar Association. In addition, our volunteers frequently work with local service providers to assess and address the best needs of the children we serve. CIP volunteers frequently recommend services at Clifford Beers Guidance Clinic, the Children's Center in Hamden, and the Yale Child Study Center; volunteers then follow up with these providers and report on progress to the courts.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce2004
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Community AwardGreater New Haven Association of Volunteer Administrators2000
Outstanding Leadership in Communities of Color InitiativeCFGNH and Empower New Haven2008
Comments
CEO Comments


Board Chair
Ms. Sheryl A Ryan M.D.
Company Affiliation Yale School of Medicine
Term Aug 2014 to Aug 2017
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Mr. John Foley Independent Consultant
Ms. Diane Gedeon-Martin The Write Source, Inc.
Hon. Robert Killian Esq.
Ms. Adrienne Parkmond Esq.Law Offices of Coleman-Williams and Parkmond
Mr. Stephan Rudof Retired from Perkin-Elmer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 3
Standing Committees
Legislative
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
CEO Comments


 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30 2017
Projected Revenue $435,900.00
Projected Expenses $432,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$94,170$103,198$119,160
Government Contributions$260,000$318,500$315,282
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$260,000$318,500$315,282
Individual Contributions$1,293--$1,462
------
------
Investment Income, Net of Losses--$696$2,000
Membership Dues------
Special Events--$9,757$32,258
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$30,403$9,757--
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$324,027$355,634$360,972
Administration Expense$50,586$48,883$65,356
Fundraising Expense$23,889$25,756$30,548
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.971.031.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%83%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%6%7%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$0$118,143$110,013
Current Assets$0$118,143$110,013
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0$37,182$30,930
Total Net Assets$0$80,961$79,083
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Dave Thomas Foundation $16,666 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--3.183.56
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets--0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments


Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

Address 155 East Street
Suite 202
New Haven, CT 06511
Primary Phone 203 784-0344 203
Contact Email office@casaofct.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Lindsey Price Jackson Esq.
Board Chair Ms. Sheryl A Ryan M.D.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Yale School of Medicine

 

Related Information

Nurture Children & Youth

When families, schools and communities take the view that children and youth are valued and respected assets to society, they necessarily support environments that nurture youth development. Children raised to embrace positive social values, to seek self-understanding, and to value their self-worth grow to become community-minded young adults with a sense of belonging and a belief in their resiliency. See how you can help our community's children grow into tomorrow's leaders.