Human Services

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Ulster County, Inc. (CASA)

  • Kingston, NY
  • http://www.casaulster.org

Mission Statement

The mission of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Ulster County is to change the lives of abused, abandoned and neglected children in Ulster County. Our professionally trained volunteers stand up for children in foster care, ensuring that heal from the trauma they have suffered, that they have a voice in court and that society fulfills its most basic promise of a safe, loving permanent home for every child.

Main Programs

  1. CASA

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Service Areas

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New York

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children is a member of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association and serves children assigned by Family Court in Ulster County, New York.  These children are from or placed in the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York (Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Greene and Columbia Counties).

ruling year

1989

Principal Officer since 2011

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Richard Heyl de Ortiz

Keywords

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children, abused, foster, court, neglected, volunteers, legal, youth, national, assistance

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Also Known As

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children

EIN

14-1695128

 Number

6462997379

Physical Address

51 Maiden Lane

Kingston, NY 12401

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Protection Against and Prevention of Neglect, Abuse, Exploitation (I70)

Foster Care (P32)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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In 2011, despite the many challenges that face not-for-profit agencies and the increasing pressure on families, 22 children served by CASA left foster care: 12 were adopted and 10 were able to be reunited with their parents.
 
We also ended the year in the black.  After two consecutive years of deficits which forced us to tap into our modest reserves, we were able to replenish reserves.

Programs

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Program 1

CASA

CASA recruits, trains, assigns, supports and supervises highly skilled and committed citizen volunteers who are appointed by Family Court to advocate for the best interests of children assigned to them.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Crime/Abuse Victims

Substance Abusers (Drug/Alcohol Abusers)

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children is a member of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association and serves children assigned by Family Court in Ulster County, New York.  These children are from or placed in the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York (Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Greene and Columbia Counties).

Affiliations + Memberships

National CASA

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Court Appointed Special Advocates of Ulster County, Inc. (CASA)

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Richard Heyl de Ortiz

BIO

Richard Heyl de Ortiz has over 25 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, much of it focusing on community building and service to those in need.  In 2002, Richard became involved with CASA when he became an advocate volunteer.  In 2005, he was hired on a part-time basis, a position which quickly grew into a co-executive director position.  After leaving in 2008, Richard returned in August 2011 as the executive director.  Richard complements his professional experience with the personal.  He and his partner are the parents of John Paul, who they adopted from foster care in 2003.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The work of CASA is very close to my heart. While I did not grow up in foster care, I was raised primarily by individuals within my extended family and not by my parents. I understand well how these "heroes" transformed my life and set me on a course much different than I was destined for.  I also understand the pain of never really belonging.  I am a former CASA advocate volunteer and the father of a child who spent his first nine years in foster care.  Through my son, I have come to understand the long and challenging process overcoming trauma.  All of these experiences, mine and my son's, confirm for me how powerful just one person who stands up and says "I am on your side" can be.  That is what CASA is all about."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Rhetta Eason

Catholic Charities

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