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

Better Business Bureau Report issued October 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires October 2017

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, 2014, Child Advocacy Services Center, Inc. (dba The Children's Place)'s program expenses were:

Day Treatment 1,482,028
Clinical Services 597,131
Parenting Support 102,900
Total Program Expenses: $2,182,059
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Chief Executive : Ann Thomas, President & CEO

Chair of the Board: Jovanna Rohs, Ph.D.
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: UMKC

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, grant proposals, internet, membership
Fund raising costs were 12% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,560,981, 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. (dba The Children's Place)'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 1,560,981
Fees & reimbursements 1,354,143
Total Income $2,915,124


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 84%  Fund Raising: 7%  Administrative: 9% 

Total income $2,915,124
Program expenses $2,182,059
Fund raising expenses 184,900
Administrative expenses 235,733
Total expenses $2,602,692
Income in Excess of Expenses 312,432
Beginning net assets 2,447,711
Ending net assets 2,760,143
Total liabilities 155,041
Total assets $2,915,184

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