Better Business Bureau Report for
Child Advocacy Services Center, Inc. (dba The Children's Place)

Better Business Bureau Report issued October 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires October 2015

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Child Advocacy Services Center, Inc. (dba The Children's Place)
Address: 2 E. 59th Street
  Kansas City, MO 64113
Phone: 816-363-1898
Web Address:
Also known as:The Children's Place
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1978, Missouri
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The mission of The Children's Place is to nurture and promote the healthy development of young children who have survived abuse, neglect and trauma by providing specialized services and family support, within a safe and caring environment.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Child Advocacy Services Center, Inc. (dba The Children's Place) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Children's Place offers three programs to realize it's mission and vision: Day Treatment Program: therapeutic early education program for young children six weeks to six year of age who have experienced abuse, neglect of other trauma. The program provides remediation of developmental delays and/or emotional, behavioral and social problems through comprehensive services (structured classroom settings, speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, and individual/family therapy.) Capacity is 52 children; each year approximately 100-106 children are served. Clinical Services provides mental health evaluation and treatment services for young children and their families. The program addresses emotional, behavioral and/or developmental problems stemming from childhood traumas such as child abuse and/or neglect, family or community violence, substance abuse, grief and loss. Each year 300-400 children/families are served by this program. Parenting Support Services assists adults in improving their parenting skills by offering the knowledge and support they need to create a healthy, safe and nurturing environment for children in their care. Services include in-home parenting services and multi-week parenting class sessions to parents/caregivers at high risk for abuse or neglect who are struggling to care for their children. The program also provides foster care/adoption trainings, assessment and adoption case management, crisis adoptive services and adoption support groups. Each year,1,000-1,200 individuals participate in program services.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, Child Advocacy Services Center, Inc. (dba The Children's Place)'s program expenses were:

Day Treatment 1,354,415
Outpatient 496,116
Parenting Support 119,984
Total Program Expenses: $1,970,515
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Chief Executive : David Matson, President & CEO

Chair of the Board: George Satterlee
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Vice President, Missouri Bank

Board Size: 26

Paid Staff Size: 48

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, membership
Fund raising costs were 16% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,007,515, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Child Advocacy Services Center, Inc.'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Fees 1,317,921
Grants 477,398
Contributions 258,767
United Way 142,061
Special Events 129,289
Investment return 69,365
Client fees 1,315
Total Income $2,396,116


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 83%  Fund Raising: 7%  Administrative: 10% 

Total income $2,396,116
Program expenses $1,970,515
Fund raising expenses 165,989
Administrative expenses 245,880
Total expenses $2,382,384
Income in Excess of Expenses 13,732
Beginning net assets 2,316,298
Ending net assets 2,330,030
Total liabilities 134,930
Total assets $2,464,960

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