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Yavapai Casa for Kids Foundation

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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services

Mission: The mission of Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation is to serve the unmet needs of abused, neglected, and abandoned children who are in the care of the Yavapai County - Prescott Court, and youth who are enrolled in the Department of Child Safety Voluntary Foster Care Program. In addition, we support the work of the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program and the CASA volunteers.

Results: YEARLY GRANT REQUESTS REQUESTED GRANTED # Completed Requests 2016 $35,616.90 194 REQUESTED GRANTED # Completed Requests 2015 $22,462.20 $18,599.71 2014 Then we have the visitation room that is used approximately 30 times a month. Clothing Initiative will be twice a year where we will give out a total of $70,000.00 in gift cards ranging from $65-$100 to each foster child. We hold an annual GALA in June where we raise approximately $10,000.00 yearly and our 5K Costume For Kids Fun Run/Walk is held in October bring out approximately 100 participants. This event raises approximately $5,000.00 yearly. Another fundraiser is our AZ Gives Day in April raising approximately $10,000.00 and Giving Tuesday in November raising approximately $500.00. There is a lot going on in this organization and I only see it getting better and better as the years progress.

Target demographics: Children in Foster Care

Direct beneficiaries per year: 400+ Children in Foster Care

Geographic areas served: Yavapai County

Programs: Grants to children for numerous things as beds/bedding, bikes, shoes, summer camps, computers, clothing initiative, a visitation room for reunification with parents, adoption exchange box for when adoption happens, Christmas gifts, celebration cards, anything you can think of that a Foster Child might need during their time in Foster Care.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great non profit for foster kids. Always enjoy the 5k costume run too!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Yavapai CASA for Kids is a wonderful nonprofit. As a former volunteer I know how hard this organization works to train, mentor, and support their volunteer team. I'm proud to have this organization serving children in my community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being the grandparent of a child I watched transition from foster care through adoption, I know first hand the quality of care she received. The number of successful fundraisers and donations is commendable as the tangible needs of these kids are met in every way. But what impresses me the most is the continued after care and counseling these children receive..I believe it's what is giving them their best chance to flourish..And finally, the quality and success can be attributed to the tireless efforts of the board and its volunteers..They are able to incite participation from the entire community as a donor, a participant and even a foster parent. I am forever grateful for this organization as they continue their efforts to help my granddaughter even six years later..

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Year-round, CASA for Kids is my go-to funding source for my clients' needs. This agency provides much-needed assistance in most areas. CASA for Kids also provides the county's foster kids with Christmas gifts that they might not otherwise receive. As a professional supporting this population, I am deeply grateful to this dedicated and hardworking organization. They are so deserving of recognition as a great non-profit organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

What a blessing Yavapai Casa for kids has been to foster children. I've been able to see, over the past year volunteering, the good that they do. I too was a foster child and it warms my heart and brings tears to my eyes to see the generosity of our community come together for these children. What a wonderful organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a CASA for teen youth in foster care, I have gone to YC4KF many times for funds to get my kids into things like karate and swimming lessons. One girl was so grateful for her beautiful senior prom dress she cried when she saw herself in it. Computers, calculators and shoes are among the favorite things I have obtained for my CASA kids.
As a YC4KF Board member, I am proud to work on the Holiday Gift Drive when we gather donated items from around the quad-city area and then open the doors for CASAs, foster parents, DCS case managers and others to select gifts for their special kids in out of home care. We love watching the smiles as they imagine the grins on their foster kids faces on holiday morning.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I just started as one of the newest board members for Yavapai Casa for Kids Foundation and I am so impressed with what this foundation is doing in terms of supporting over 400 plus children currently in the foster care system here in Yavapai County. They help foster kids with clothing twice a year with gift cards. As a parent I know myself how expensive clothes and shoes can be and as a foster parent they are given very little funds by the state per each child and this is where this great foundation is trying to help our children in the community and help support those wonderful parents who have taken upon themselves to care for kids from broken homes. They also pay through grant money classes where foster kids get an opportunity to go to camp and other things maybe for the very first time in their life. This foundation is such a gift for our community and the board spends tireless hours in raising funds but also awareness for their cause and it is a pleasure to have joined their board to help them with achieving their goals.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I see first hand what this organization does for the community and more important for
the children. I personally know Jennifer Whittemore and I see how much hard work and
effort she puts into making this service top notch...Not only does she organize, manage, and recruit,,she is a motivator..and this is part of what makes CASA such a good organization in Prescott. They are always ready and prepared to foster, nurture and give these kids what
ever they need. I will always donate whatever I can to keep this much needed service strong and active..

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a CASA for 8 years and have been involved in 9 cases with 19 children. Here are just few requests that Casa for Kids has helped with: new clothes for a 10 yr old that had only worn 'hand-me-downs', new bunk beds including bedding for a family of four children that were sleeping with dirty, old blankets on the floor, car seats for little ones so that the CASA could transport them for sibling visits, gifts cards for all the children for birthdays. One little boy bought a new baseball cap and sunglasses that he insisted on wearing to bed the first week. Backpacks for the beginning of school every August stuffed with school supplies. The list goes on and on. C4K in our area is so well known for it's dedication to helping the kids and families that are struggling with the dependency system. Thank you, we rely on your continued care and support.

1 Kimberly142

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Yavapai Casa for kids does so much for the boys and girls CPS has to take into custody. The simple things like tooth brushes, makes a kids eyes light up. Many of our children leave home with the clothes on their backs and no personal items at all. When they receive a backpack they have one change of clothes, toiletries, a coloring book, a bible, and some come with a little card in it that makes them feel special that someone out there thought of them. The gift cards that are provided are such an amazing help to the kids and often kinship care. Often extended family will step up to take the kids in their homes, but they do not have clothes and/or beds set up for children in their homes. The gift cards and grants that we receive through the foundation, helps us keep those families together and provide for the children. Thank you for all that you do, we appreciate you more than you know.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work in the DCS office. When I first started in the field we had limited funding or donations to work with. Since then CASA for Kids has donated gift cards for emergency clothing and celebration cards to the children on removals. It has made such a difference and put so many smiles on the children's faces. For some of them this is the fist time they have gotten something that is Theirs and is brand new. CASA is such a wonderful organization and I hope to have continued success with them. It even brightens the day of the workers in the office to see the children so happy.

2 Sue_136

Client Served

Rating: 5

Yavapai Casa for Kids Foundation is so tuned into what foster kids in our area really need and provides the resources necessary for those things.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization really helps foster kids in Yavapai County! From grants for sports to grants for tutoring, CASA for Kids really does all they can to help foster children have normal, fulfilling upbringings. Thank you CASA for Kids for taking care of these children!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation is operated by a Board of Directors comprised of dedicated, experienced and committed volunteers and supported by just one part-time, very talented staff member. As a donor I am confident that my contributions are always used in support of the mission-driven activities and programs offered by the Foundation to meet the needs of children in foster care throughout the quad-cities area of Prescott, Arizona.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Yavapai County CASA program is very active and well appreciated in this region. Part of its success is due to access to the resources provided by the Yavapai Casa for Kids Foundation. With more than 6 years as part of the baby CASA team here, I have seen first hand how responsive the Foundation is when an urgent need is identified by a member of a CASA team. One notable characteristic of the Foundation is how quickly they make decisions based on a set of criteria established by the Board.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation has provided wonderful Christmas gifts for three kiddos. The selection was terrific and the kiddos were thrilled with their gifts. Additionally, the foundation has approved two grants for sport's uniforms & equipment and for registration for a summer sport's camp. This kiddo is super excited to be on a sport's team and have the opportunity to improve his skills over the summer. Thank you for all your help in making life a little brighter for these little kiddos.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a long time CASA volunteer, the Grant committee has funded numerous requests for my kids. Everything from therapies, after school programs, tutoring, clothing cards, summer camps, beds and bedding.....the list is extensive. Our children in care in Yavapai County have so many needs and the CASA for Kids Foundation is always ready to help.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined the board (all volunteer) as treasure two years ago. It is a hard working board. We and our many friends help so many kids that are in foster care in our community. I am very proud to be a part of Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation and I know our mission is one that is greatly appreciated and needed.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an employee with the CASA office in Yavapai County, we see so many needs with the children that come into care. The state can only offer so much to meet those needs and Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation graciously and willingly fills in the missing pieces. Whether is it a grant for clothing because a child was removed from their home with only the clothes they were wearing, or a computer for a child with learning disabilities, the Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation considers every need! If they are unable to help, they provide additional resources to help get that need met. Everyone on the board is great to work with, always available to answer questions, and over and over again, they show how dedicated they are to the dependent children in Yavapai County. THANK YOU C4K for making a difference!! The CASA office appreciates all of you.

2 Jennifer498

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a member of Yavapai CASA For Kids Foundation for over 5 years now, I am passionate about this organization and the work we do. We support foster children in Yavapai County but providing grants for their unmeet needs we also provide a gift card for clothing for each child once a year with our annual supplemental clothing card project. And don't forget about our Christmas Drive. We are also a Designated Qualified Foster Care Tax Credit Organization in Arizona. We have started a Fundraiser called Costumes for Kids and have many families and foster families come out in October in costumes to support the organization, get exercise and enjoy family friendly activities. To learn more about us LIKE us on Facebook or visit our website at YavapaiCASAForKids.org.