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  • ----- Meeting Notes (4/23/13 22:47) -----Add two paragraphs of statistical information under program description
  • ----- Meeting Notes (4/23/13 22:47) -----Add two paragraphs of statistical information under program description
  • NHCA Grant Proposal Presentation

    1. 1. Grant Proposal April 24, 2013 Prepared by: Caroline Logan, Sarah Ashley Barnett, Danielle Nichols, and Grant Boone
    2. 2. Introduction  NHCA will seek to fill the void for children in the court system without a voice, advocating for their best interests in court
    3. 3. Project Summary  Statement of need  Children in the system will be assigned a Guardian Ad Litem  Guardians recruited as community volunteers
    4. 4. Project Description  Role of Guardian Ad Litem  GAL Training
    5. 5. Problem Statement ① Inadequate Representation No organization exists within the New Hanover County courtroom setting to ensure that abused & neglected children are afforded the proper level of attention once they enter the court system & foster care. ② Overburdened Legal System Lack of sufficient information & detailed case analysis available for judges to use in making legal decisions concerning child placement. ③ Overburdened Social Service System Inability to provide the resources to accommodate the children who have been removed from home due to on-going safety issues & have no other appropriate family members to care them.
    6. 6. ① Inadequate Representation     The New Hanover Department of Social Services is required to recommend whether the child should be removed from home Once a court decides the child will enter the court system, DSS assumes the responsibility of working with birth parents to address safety issues in an effort to return the child home Although an effort is made to locate extended family members to care for the child, DSS ceases to play an accountable role in the child’s allocation Only about 23% of children in out of home placement reside with relatives while the remaining 77% are placed in foster care
    7. 7. ① Inadequate Representation (cont…)  As children enter the court system, they are not being afforded the necessary support to navigate local bureaucracy  Although Child Protective Services is being offered in all 100 counties of North Carolina, there is not always enough staffing provided to be able to give each case the attention that it needs and deserves  NHCA provides a direct need for these children to be provided with an advocate – an individual that can provide the necessary support to supplement DSS and help ensure the safety of the child
    8. 8. ② Overburdened Legal System Judges make the final determination concerning the fate of an abused or neglected children. Sufficient information & detailed case analysis is needed in order for judges to understand the true facts of a child’s condition in an over-burdened child welfare system Currently, New Hanover County Department of Social Services is the court's only source from which to base judicial determinations. However, because of budget cuts, understaffing, high volume caseload, and duty to work with birth parents, DSS is unable to deliver adequate perspective pertaining to the best interest of the child. Consequently, judges often produce ill-advised verdicts. Children without properly trained advocated are then quickly transitioned from an over-burdened and misinformed legal system to an over-burdened and depleted social service system.
    9. 9. ② Overburdened Legal System (cont…) NHCA presents a unique position to work in the system without actually being of the system.  Trained Guardian ad Litems are granted tremendous authority by the court, and are able to do what it takes to see that a child is not ignored, their best interests and critical needs are addressed, and that the presiding judge is well-informed. Throughout the process, NHCA have permission to visit the children regularly, talk to a child’s parents, teachers, caseworkers, doctors and therapists in order to hear all perspectives and give an unbiased portrayal of the case to the judge.   Ultimately, New Hanover Child Advocates help kids through the legal system safely, quickly, and more effectively.
    10. 10. ③ Overburdened Social Service System Between 2008-2009, there were a total of 4,702 children under the age of 18 that were removed from the custody of their parents for a median total of approximately 365 days (NCDHHS). Star News reported in January of 2012 that the total number of child abuse or neglect reports for New Hanover County has increased by 50% when compared to the previous year (Star News). Although Child Protective Services is offered in all 100 counties of North Carolina, there is not always enough staffing provided to be able to give each case the attention that it needs and deserves.
    11. 11. ③ Overburdened Social Service System  When children cannot return to their parents because of on-going safety issues and there are no other appropriate extended family members to care for the child, the child is placed in the first available foster care residence.  New Hanover County is only able to accommodate about 38% of children in out of home placements, but the remaining 39% are moved outside of New Hanover County.  Placing children in unfamiliar environments after they have already experienced abuse or neglect may damage their overall development, create distrust in the social service system, and impair their ability to form vital attachments.
    12. 12. ③ Overburdened Social Service System   NHCA provides a direct need for these children to be provided with an advocate – an individual that can provide the necessary support to supplement DSS and help ensure the safety of the child. By allowing another program to come into the Child Protection Services, the needs of the child will be held as the highest priority.
    13. 13. Key Benefits Provide consistency through adult presence  Speak up for the best interest of abused/neglected children in the courtroom setting Reduce the amount of time spent in long-term foster care & the likelihood of reentering care  
    14. 14. Goals/Objectives 1. Have at least 75% percent of cases placed into permanent homes. 5. Host a charity auction and dinner with a goal of raising $20,000.00. 2. Have less than 15% of cases filed, return into foster care. 6. Plan and execute at least 2 other fundraising events within the first year. 3. Increase the number of cases that NHCA is involved with by 20%. 7. Increase number of volunteers by 25% by the end of year 1. 4. By the end of year 1, be able to hire a full-time casemanager.
    15. 15. Benchmarks To ensure NHCA on track to reach our first year goals, measures will be taken throughout the year to monitor the progression of the organization.
    16. 16. Benchmarks  Weekly meetings between the Director of Volunteers, attorney on staff, and the volunteers to ensure all members of the organization are on the same page & to confirm the proper resources are being provided to children in need.  Volunteers will complete monthly case reports to turn into the on-staff attorney. This will help to supervise the children’s whereabouts, view their progression thus far, and reveal the next steps to take.
    17. 17. Evaluation NHCA will work to evaluate its progress after one year.   NHCA will first examine our overall effectiveness within the New Hanover community by comparing legal and social statistical data from the previous year. Purpose comparative analysis:  Determine level of effectiveness & formulate new methodologies in areas needing improvement  Approximate the number of cases that NHCA can reasonably expect to be involved in an grow internally as a result.  Determine if we need to increate the number of volunteers, establish volunteer strengths and weaknesses in order to develop skills, and potentially reevaluate methods of training volunteers in regard to the previously established characteristics needing the most improvement.
    18. 18. Evaluation   NHCA will work to evaluate its progress after one year. NHCA will also conduct a comprehensive review of all budgetary aspects. Purpose of comprehensive budget evaluation: To establish where funding can be more efficiently allocated  Determine areas of the organization that can withstand cutbacks  Establish additional benchmarks to implement in future operations and evaluations 
    19. 19. Evaluation NHCA will work to evaluate its progress after one year.  Conducting a yearly evaluation will emphasize the importance of reaching goals set for the previous year.  Annual review will also promote our organization’s intention to set even higher, yet attainable, goals for the year to come.  Combined, New Hanover Child Advocates’ implementation of benchmarks & evaluations will result in continuous positive growth within New Hanover County.
    20. 20. Budget & Key Personnel Position Funds Executive Director $64,500.00 * Attorney on Staff $62,500.00 * $52,000.00 Fund-Raiser/Grantor $40,000.00 Administrative Support $38,000.00 Lease ($1,250.00/month) *Position is paid by Board of Directors and not included in the total NHCA will allocate $37,685.00 in funds for furniture, electronics, equipment, supplies and utilities. These necessities have been itemized by quantity and price. Director of Volunteers $15,000.00 Insurance Benefits $80,000.00 ($16,000.00/employee) Total Cost $225,000.00
    21. 21. Budget  We are budgeting $15,000 to lease a Class C property in Downtown Wilmington. The lease will include insurance through the property owners insurance on the contents of our office.  We are asking for $250,000 and have received an installment loan from Bank of America to provide 10% matching. We will provide insurance benefits to all five employees accounting for $80,000 of the budget. The Board of Directors will coordinate a charity auction/dinner to raise $20,000 to purchase a passenger van to transport ad litems and consumers. 
    22. 22. Budget & Necessities itemized by quantity & price Chairs Price Qty $100.00 23 Total $2,300.00 Conference Table Desks $500.00 $250.00 1 5 $500.00 $1,250.00 Panel Workstation Shelves Filing Cabinets Copier Shredder Accent Chairs Safe $6,000.00 $100.00 $160.00 $400.00 $150.00 $250.00 $250.00 6 4 3 1 1 4 1 $6,000.00 $400.00 $480.00 $400.00 $150.00 $1,000.00 $250.00 Desktop PC $1,200.00 5 $6,000.00 Laptop PC Projector $800.00 $600.00 2 1 $1,600.00 $600.00 Projection Screen $300.00 1 $300.00 $3,500.00 7 $3,500.00 Computer Software Continued…
    23. 23. Budget & Necessities (cont…) (continued…) First Aid Dry Erase Board Bulletin Board Time Clock Trash Can Lamp/Lighting Misc. Décor Misc. Supplies itemized by quantity & price Utilities Office Supplies Bank of America Loan Price Qty $150.00 1 $100.00 2 $75.00 2 $250.00 1 $15.00 7 $400.00 N/A $800.00 N/A Total $150.00 $200.00 $150.00 $250.00 $105.00 $400.00 $800.00 $2,000.00 N/A $2,000.00 $200.00 12 $2,400.00 $6,500.00 N/A $6,500.00 $474.65 12 $5,696.80 Tota l $43,381.80
    24. 24. Questions?

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