Chesterfield CASA, Inc.
9457 Amberdale Drive
Richmond VA 23236
Mission Statement

The mission of Chesterfield CASA is to promote safe, permanent homes for abused and neglected children by providing trained volunteers to advocate for them throughout their involvement in the juvenile court process.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Ruth Anne Cutright
Board Chair Benjamin Stahl
Board Chair Company Affiliation Schwarzschild Jewelers
Contact Information
Address 9457 Amberdale Drive
Richmond, VA 23236
Telephone 804 276-7660
Fax 804 276-7667
E-mail chcasa@comcast.net
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1996
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $313,995.00
Projected Expenses $313,995.00
Statements
Mission

The mission of Chesterfield CASA is to promote safe, permanent homes for abused and neglected children by providing trained volunteers to advocate for them throughout their involvement in the juvenile court process.

Impact

Last year 71 Chesterfield CASA volunteers spent more than 6,300 hours advocating for 195 child victims. Each of these volunteers worked to help abused and neglected children find loving homes where they could thrive. Of the total children served, 83 were in foster care/removed from their homes and averaged three different placements while receiving CASA’s services. To some extent, this indicated the complex issues inherent to many of our assigned cases. CASA volunteers attended 259 hearings during the year and submitted 129 reports to the Court. Within these reports, 374 (93%) of the 398 recommendations considered by the judges were ordered, revealing the Court’s strong confidence in CASA’s information and opinions. During the year, 106 children were closed to the program; each was served by CASA an average of 13 months, which shows the long-term commitment required of our volunteers. During the year we also trained 18 new volunteer advocates who can help continue our work of changing lives of hurt into stories of hope.

Needs
Typically our greatest need is for individuals interested in becoming CASA volunteers. Anyone expressing interest must complete an application, interview, and background checks before being admitted into our training program, which requires 38 hours of classroom and courtroom observation. Once this process is completed, a person is sworn-in as a CASA volunteer and becomes an officer of the court, thereby eligible to be assigned to a child’s case.
 
As for in-kind gifts, we are always looking for basic office supplies and stamps.  We are also in great need of a heavy-duty shredder or free shredding services.
Background

Chesterfield CASA, Inc., the Court Appointed Special Advocates program, was formed to provide trained community volunteers to serve as advocates for children alleged to be abused, neglected and/or abandoned. The program recruits and prepares volunteers to advocate for child victims whose circumstances have risen to the level of risk which requires a juvenile court intervention.

 

Chesterfield CASA was initiated in July of 1996 as a collaborative community initiative. The organizing committee consisted of the juvenile court judges, representatives from the local Community Service Board, the Department of Social Services, the Chesterfield County Police Department, a school board member, a private attorney, a private therapist, a local bank officer, and a group of concerned citizens. 

 

Their concern focused on the rising number of cases involving child abuse and neglect brought to the attention of the courts and social services in our community. They felt a CASA program would be an appropriate response to increasing numbers of abuse and neglect cases, overburdened social service caseloads, and an ever-increasing need for representation in child abuse cases. 

 

The primary goal of the program is to use trained volunteer advocates to work towards finding safe, permanent homes and treatment services for victims of child abuse. To that end, Chesterfield CASA, Inc. was formed as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. 

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Chester
We serve the 12th District Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, which includes Chesterfield County and Colonial Heights.
Board Chair
Board Chair Benjamin Stahl
Company Affiliation Schwarzschild Jewelers
Term Nov 2015 to Nov 2017
Email benjaminstahlgg@outlook.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ruth Anne Cutright Chesterfield CASA
Taneika Goldman Dept. of Behavioral Health
Helen Holt Community Volunteer
Vicki Horst Hairfield Morton
Kathleen Nosbisch Dept. of Professional & Occupational Regulation
Christine Petrella UPS
Heather Prather U.S. Office of Personnel Management
Benjamin Stahl Schwarzschild Jewelers
Michael Wriston The Competitive Edge
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 7
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 74
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Risk Management Provisions
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
General Property Coverage
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mrs. Ruth Anne Cutright
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Holly Abbott Program Director
Staff
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 75
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 80
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Nov 2014
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations
Chesterfield CASA has collaborated with the Henrico and Richmond CASA programs since 2007. Our staff, volunteers, and judicial districts are separate, but the advocacy work performed on behalf of child victims is the common bond that unites each of our programs. By joining together for mutual fundraising, public relations activities, and volunteer recruitment and training, we have maximized our shared resources and positioned ourselves collectively as leaders in addressing the problem of child maltreatment in the greater Richmond region.
Programs
Description

Chesterfield CASA promotes safe, permanent homes for abused and neglected children. CASA accomplishes this by providing trained volunteers to advocate for child victims whose circumstances have risen to the level of risk which requires juvenile court intervention. 

 

Every day in our community, children are thrust into the child welfare system through no fault of their own. Some are victims of violence, psychological torment, or sexual exploitation; others have been neglected or abandoned by their parents. Most are frightened and confused. These children can easily become re-victimized by the very system designed to protect their welfare. The complex network of lawyers, social workers, and judges charged with making decisions for these children is often too overburdened with cases and paperwork to give thorough, detailed attention to every child.

 

This is why CASA volunteers are so important. Our volunteers have the time to focus only on the child’s needs. CASA’s effectiveness is reliant upon the ratio of volunteers to children; each volunteer is assigned no more than one or two cases at a time. With this small focus, the CASA can thoroughly explore the child’s circumstances by interviewing the child, family, physicians, attorneys, school personnel, and other service providers familiar with the case. The hallmark of CASA’s work is the written report provided to the juvenile court judge. Chesterfield CASA has established a reputation of presenting well-written reports that are based on exhaustive research. The information provided in the report is given careful consideration by the judge before he/she makes decisions which will affect the child’s safety and future development. Once these decisions are made, CASA remains on the case, monitoring compliance with court orders. The sooner a child is placed in a safe permanent home, the greater his/her chances of overcoming the past and becoming a healthy productive member of the community.

Population Served Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Budget $268,000.00
Short Term Success
1. Written reports for each child victim served will be submitted to the Court at all substantive hearings. These reports will contain relevant background information concerning the child’s circumstances and recommendations for placement, services, and treatment. At least 85% of the recommendations offered by volunteers will be ordered by the judge.
 
2. CASA volunteers will monitor the child's living situation to ensure that he/she remains in a safe, stable environment. As a result, no child will experience a new founded abuse/neglect complaint while receiving CASA services.
 

3. CASA volunteers will advocate for timely permanent placements in child abuse and neglect cases through case monitoring, agency collaboration, and recommendations included in the reports that are submitted to the Court. As a measure of this success, 85% of children who have been removed from their homes will have a permanent plan approved within 12 months from their dispositional hearing.

Long Term Success

Chesterfield CASA helps break the cycle of abuse for children who are under court protection. CASA volunteers advocate for and monitor services that meet the physical, medical, educational, and emotional needs of child victims. Children cannot grow and thrive if their daily life involves physical abuse, lack of food or clothing, abandonment, or sexual trauma.

 

CASA's advocacy efforts also have a large-scale impact on the community. Research has shown that child victims are more likely to experience behavior disorders, school problems, juvenile delinquency, depression, and drug/alcohol abuse. CASA volunteers recommend services that mitigate the recognized effects of child maltreatment. Ultimately, CASA's work helps ensure that no child is re-victimized. Funding to protect children from victimization is money well-spent, since this expenditure improves the quality of life for children and fosters improved family conditions and healthy communities.

Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $313,995.00
Projected Expenses $313,995.00
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe 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
$118,350$112,439$113,250
Government Contributions$91,125$95,847$92,362
Federal------
State------
Local----$92,362
Unspecified$91,125$95,847--
Individual Contributions$38,593$57,214$41,645
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Investment Income, Net of Losses$142$260$406
Membership Dues------
Special Events$30,321$22,163$25,959
Revenue In-Kind------
Other------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$235,538$233,141$229,509
Administration Expense$28,846$29,160$29,140
Fundraising Expense$25,649$25,700$26,510
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.961.000.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%81%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%9%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$507,473$521,648$506,667
Current Assets$503,544$516,822$502,188
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$36,925$39,598$24,539
Total Net Assets$470,548$482,052$482,128
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities13.6413.0520.46
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2017View