THE FOSTER CARE COUNCIL OF LEXINGTON KENTUCKY
4159 Starrush Pl
Lexington KY 40509
Contact Information
Nonprofit THE FOSTER CARE COUNCIL OF LEXINGTON KENTUCKY
Address 4159 Starrush Pl
Lexington, KY 40509
Phone (239) 248-7699
Contact Name Cassie Slone
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2012
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
If you are interested in donating, you may send a check made out to The Foster Care Council or go to our website, www.thefostercarecouncil.com.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Statements
Mission Statement
Our mission is to enrich the lives of children who are removed from their homes due to abandonment, serious neglect or abuse by providing them with the funds, support and opportunities that the state’s foster care system cannot provide. Children who enter the foster care system have suffered some sort of abuse, neglect and/or abandonment; they feel sad, angry, frightened and isolated from their family and friends. They find themselves in situations that would strain even the most well-adjusted adults.

Our goal, like our mission, is to fulfill as many requests as possible
for children that enter into the foster care system in Fayette County and it's surrounding counties regardless of whether they reside in a foster home, with a relative, non-relative, emergency shelter or residential facility. We strive to give this population of children educational and social skills that will help successfully transition them into adulthood.  Providing the proper tools will give the individual a chance at a better life and not become a statistic; i.e. homeless, on welfare. 


 

Background Statement

Cassie Slone, President, previously lived in Naples Florida where she served on a Board that provided similar programs for 20 years to foster children residing in Collier County.  Once she returned to Lexington, she met with the Cabinet of Health and Family Services local and state level supervisors both whom informed her that there was a desperate need for these programs in Fayette County. She then contacted Stoll Keenon & Ogden and asked for assistance in appling for the 501 c3 standing, which was granted in December 2012.  A Board of volunteers was soon assembled. Each year the organization increases the proceeds at each fundraising event, increase the amount of grants written and increases the number of children to benefit from our services. 

Impact Statement
Our organization has been in existence since Jan 2012.  The top accomplishment for this organization is the financial, social and educational assistance we have been able to provide many Kentucky foster children while operating on a shoe string budget. One individual started this charity with the hopes of helping a few at-risk, under privileged children persevere, however with hard work and an aggressive Board the organization grew to help hundreds of at-risk children persevere in five short years. Another accomplishment of this organization is the obstacles they have had to overcome to obtain grant approvals, have successful fundraisers and gain the respect and support of private donors.   The goal for the FCC is to continue gaining support from local Foundations and private donors to allow in the continuation of the Enrichment and Tutoring programs.  The FCC sets obtainable goals of increasing the amount of children assisted each year by at least ten percent and increasing it's revenue each year to accommodate the educational and social needs of these children.  The State does not provide enough funding to help these children persevere as they would in a stable environment, therefore the FCC will continue to advocate for this often forgotten population of children. It is a goal for the FCC to hire an Education Training Coordinator (ETC) to solely oversee the Tutoring program. As our tutoring program approves more students to receive our services each year, it would be more adequate and effective to hire an ETC to oversee the entire program. 
Needs Statement
The Councils most pressing need, as with any non-profit is funding.  Funding to help cover program costs and overhead.  Grants received will continue to cover program costs while fundraising proceeds will cover overhead expenses.  Our goal each year is to increase the number of children we serve by approximately 10%. The tutoring program consists of one-on-one tutoring for 6 months, individualized tutoring expenses average $1446 per child.  The Enrichment program currently funds over 100 children per year to participate in the activity of their choice, averaging in cost of $100 per child per year, Christmas presents and summer camp registration costs. Another need is tutors.  It's difficult to find effective, qualified tutors that will work for $18 per hour.  Most that qualify to tutor for the FCC are teachers that charge approx. $40 per hour.  Our grants won't pay this amount therefore, finding and sustaining good, qualified tutors is difficult.  However, since the program began we have retained the same tutors that began with us five years ago.  I noticed this problem when I recently began looking to hire more tutors and ran in to the need to increase the hourly wage; which has not been approved yet. 
CEO/Executive Director Statement
Our organization is unique because we provide funding for programs that the State cannot. The FCC is dedicated to finding resources that will provide at-risk children with every opportunity to feel like a “normal” kid. The FCC believes that it is partly the responsibility of the local community to provide this population of children with every opportunity to become positive members of society.  Although provisions of food and shelter are the first step, it is through additional learning opportunities and experiences that children are able to find the strength to heal and grow.  


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Board Chair Statement
Our challenges are obtaining grants to cover our programs that will keep each operating succcessfully.  We have the knowledge and sweat equity to fulfill our goals, but that is not enough.  We need continuing support from the community and grants to help at-risk children persevere.  These children did not choose this kind of a life for themselves,  they were forced into it.  We can help these children feel loved and give them the opportunity to succeed in life by continuing to offer these programs. In 2012 we provided assistance to 15% of the total foster care population.  Since then we have increased that percentage and hope to continue growing.   Without the help of local organizations, private donors, local businesses and fundraisers, our goals can not be achieved.  
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Education / Educational Services
Tertiary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development Programs
Geographic Areas Served
Areas
Kentucky
We began in 2012 with providing assistance to children in the Fayette County foster care system however, our scope of work has increased to the surrounding counties as well. 
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.
Our organization aims to help children persevere that are removed from thier home and placed into the foster care system. Our programs provide foster children with tools to achieve academic success as well as personal/social success. The majority of foster children come into the foster care system testing two to three grade levels behind. The FCC provides each child needing assistance with a  pre-test to determine the current grade level the youth is testing and then places him/her with a tutor to work one-on-one for three hours a week. After six months of tutoring the individual is post-tested to determine the level of progression. It is very difficult for a child to  maintain grade level status while going through the most tramatic time of his/her life.  By providing him/er with individualized tutoring, academic success will  more likely be achieved then expecting them to succeed on thier own. 
The Enrichment program provides a child with the opportuntity to participate in activities that his/er peers are participating. This helps build strong peer relationships, mentor relationships,  builds self-esteem and gives a youth a feeling of normalcy.  These children are removed from a horrible situation and then placed with total strangers and expected to persevere.  A situation of this nature could handicap most adults.  A child is removed from a home and given the promise of a brighter future, the FCC strives to help fulfill that promise. Providing a foster youth with the proper academic tools, assisting them with succeeding in the classroom as well as in sports, music or the arts will allow them to have a better chance at becoming successful, strong adults.
 
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?
Our strategies for making our organization successful is to work closely with The Cabinet of Health and Family Services and private foster placement agencies to identify every child in need of our programs.  The Education Coordinator will communicate monthly with the tutor, the teacher, the casemanager and the caregiver to assure the child is progressing and receiving all the assistance he/she needs to persevere in enrichment activities and in their academics.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?
The FCC's capabilities for achieving success within our organization is to maintain open communication between the foster parent/caseworker and the FCC Executive Director.  With all parties working together for the betterment of the child, success is more likely to occur.  Parties identifying a child in need of academic and/or enrichment assistance and then contacting the FCC starts the process of helping the child to heal and grow. The partnerships that we have made and are continuing to make will also assist in the success of these programs.  Our fundraising efforts and grant writing has increased each year. More donors and local businesses are learning about us and supporting the cause.  This will help sustain the organization. As the organization continues to achieve it's goal each year, more opportunities to help a foster child succeed will be explored. Hiring qualified tutors to help conduct the tutoring allows the program to be successful.  We need each child that enters the program to test on grade level within one year.  Consistency, open communication and effective tutor sessions is how this is achieved.  The current tool pool that we have to choose from allows for this goal to be met each year.  
IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact?
The Education Training Coordinator (ETC) and the Executive Director (ED) work together to schedule each student entering the Education Advancement program is pre-tested to determine his/er current grade level.  Then the child is placed with a tutor to work approximately 24 weeks for three hours per week.  Tests are administered in the interim by the tutor to determine if the student is progressing. By the end of six month, the student is pre-tested to determine level of progress. If the child is not testing on grade level, the tutoring will continue for up to one year.  At this time, the child is again pre-tested to determine level of performance.  100% of the students that complete six months - one year of individualized tutoring will test on grade level and will experience some level of increase in their self-esteem. According to emails from foster parents, 90% of the students that completed the program did not drop out of school and continued on to higher education.   The Enrichment program has an 80% success rate.  Some children enter an activity and do not continue because of many different reasons.  However, 80% of the children given the opportunity to participate in the activity of his/er choice typically excel and continue to higher levels of the activity. A level of increased self-esteem exhume from these participants as well. They have been given the opportunity to feel normal, meet new peers and build relationships with teachers/coaches.
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far? The FCC has not yet hired and Education Training Coordinator.  However, a part-time business development director was added to staff late 2016.  The position will focus on obtaining and sustaining local business relationships and expediting fundraising efforts.  An office was secured in summer of 2016 allowing more networking opportunities within the office building.  Five new collaborations were established because of our new office. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs Megan Scutchfield
Company Affiliation President
Term Jan 2015 to Jan 2018
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Mrs. Shelly Baesler volunteerNonVoting
Ms. Shannon Hisle volunteerVoting
Mrs. Stacy Miller community volunteerVoting
Ms. Gwen Pinson SecretaryVoting
Mrs. Megan Scutchfield volunteerVoting
John Slone Honorary Board memberNonVoting
Mrs. Tina Thomas volunteer board memberVoting
Mrs. Linda Turner volunteerNonVoting
Ms. Rachel Walls volunteerVoting
Mrs. Connie Wells volunteerNonVoting
Mr. Rogers Wells volunteerNonVoting
Mrs Amy Worthington volunteer board memberVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 6
Board Meeting Attendance % 87%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 50%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Amy Worthington
Company Affiliation VP
Term Jan 2016 to Jan 2018
Additional Board Members and Affiliations
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Shelly Baesler volunteer
Mrs. Linda Turner volunteer
Mr. Rogers Wells volunteer
Mrs. Connie Wells volunteer
Comments
CEO Comments
Our organization has been in existence for 5 years and has succeeded in providing assistance to hundreds of Kentucky foster children. Each board member has played an active role in volunteering on committees for each fundraiser and has donated either monetarily or in-kind throughout the year.  Each year we receive approximately 10- 20% more requests then the previous year.  To fulfill each tutoring and enrichment request, more money needs to be raised and more grants are written and approved. 
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mrs. Cassie Slone
Term Start Jan 2012
Email cassie@thefostercarecouncil.com
Experience
Cassie Slone was a board member of The Foster Care Council of SWFL from 2006-2008.  She volunteered on the differenent committees learning how to manage each area of the organization.  In 2007 she become the Education Training Coordinator for the tutoring/mentoring program.  Once she moved back to Lexington Ky in 2010 she met with State and Local level supervisors for the Cabinet of Family and Health Services and learned the programs she chaired in Florida were desperately needed in Fayette County.  She then obtained an attorney to begin the 501 c3 application process.  The 501 c3 non-profit status was approved in December 2012 which has allowed the organization to receive over $10,000 towards the continuation of their programs.
Staff
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 25
Contractors 4
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Description

The Education Advancement program focuses on providing productive learning skills. The FCC follows the belief that education is the key to helping break the cycle of poverty and abuse in families. This program will provide one-on-one tutoring for three hours per week. Children entering care typically test two to three grade levels behind because of abuse, neglect and/or abandonment in their biological home.  Academic delays are also a result of frequent placement changes, switching schools often, turmoil and stress. Individualized tutoring is setting the stage for a more successful education experience by using highly trained tutors to work with the student. In order to track the progress and assess specific needs, students are pre and post-tested. A pre-test is conducted to assess strengths and weaknesses. A post-test is administered after 6 months to determine level of progress.  Tutoring can be extended for up to one year if the students needs more time to achieve grade level. 


Budget 20,600
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), K-12 (5-19 years), Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Program Short Term Success Short-term measurable success of the program is the post-test that determines how much the student is progressing within a specific time period.  100% of the students completing the program will experience a level of increased self-esteem in the classroom.  Confidence to raise their hand and answer and/or ask questions is more likely when a child begins to receive "A's" and "B's" in class. 
Program Long term Success Providing an individual with an education will allow for more opportunities than before.  Better options and choices are a result of a person having an education.  Students completing the program will less likely drop out of school; the drop out rate for a foster child is four times higher than a child living in a stable environment.  We have a 100% completion rate with 90% of the students graduating. 
Program Success Monitored By Pre and Post-tests help us monitor the success of each child and the success of the program.  Tutor logs are turned in monthly be each tutor explaining what was studied during the tutoring sessions.  These logs are reviewed to determine progress and any changes that needed to made to sessions.  The tutor logs also help identify any changes that may need to be made to the program.  Open communication between the Executive Director, foster parent and/or teacher help in determining success of the program as well.
Examples of Program Success A first grade child entered into our program producing F's and D's.  After three months of individualized tutoring, the boy had increased his grades to "A's" and "B's."  This was determined by his report card he received at the beginning of the tutoring to the report card he received the next grading period. 
Description

Our 2nd program, The Enrichment program was formed to focus on providing productive social experiences to children interested in participating.  The FCC works with the Cabinet of Health and
Family Services and local foster placement agencies, who provide direct oversight of the children, to determine needs of these children. The FCC will fund any enrichment activity that the child wants to participate in; sports, music, theater or the arts.  FCC will also pay for any needed uniforms/instruments needed to successfully participate. These at-risk children have experienced loss and psychological injury that often leaves deeper scars than the identified abuse.  Although provisions of food and shelter are the first step, it is through additional learning opportunities and experiences that children are able to find the strength to heal and grow.  



 

Budget $10,000
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), At-Risk Populations
Program Long term Success The program is designed to help build a child's self-esteem by pursuing his/er passions.  Relationships are built and life lessons are taught when participating in extra-curricular activities.  A child in this horrific position just wants to feel normal, feel like he fits in; enrichment activities allow for the child to do that. 
Program Success Monitored By The program is strictly monitored through person to person interaction.  The Executive Director speaks directly to the child and/or the foster parent to determine how the activity made the child feel, what did he/she learn from the activity and allowing the child to continue in the activity to further his/her talents. 
Description

Our 3rdprogram provides funding for Summer Camp. This program simply sponsors the fees associated with summer camps. Most of
these children have come from impoverished homes, never having the opportunity to attend any summer activities. This affords the opportunity for a child to get the experience of “camp”.  



 



Category
Population Served , ,
Program Comments
CEO Comments
Challenges our organization faces is continued funding to provide these programs to our local at-risk children.  Each program is vital to a childs psychological and emotional development.  The success of these programs relies on funding; which will help end the cycle of poverty and help these children become strong healthy adults. 
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2012
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations
The Council collaborates with local foster placement agencies, the Department of Health and Family Services, local foster parent groups and Family Resource Directors to identify foster children in need of our services.  The FCC also works closely with local businesses to help raise funds to sustain the programs. 
Financials
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $103,000.00
Projected Expenses $98,300.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
----$13,079
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$126,440$25,433$9,500
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Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$13,320$14,429$17,079
Revenue In-Kind------
Other------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$30,664$23,834$12,222
Administration Expense$21,364$6,378$24,229
Fundraising Expense$2,293$3,357--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.571.191.09
Program Expense/Total Expenses56%71%34%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%8%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$103,152$17,325$3,207
Current Assets$103,152$581$3,207
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$969$16,744--
Total Net Assets$102,183--$3,207
Form 990s
2015 990
2014 Tax Return
2013 2013 990
2013 2013 990
2012 990N 2012
Audit Documents
2014 Foster Care Audit
2013 Foster Care Final 2013
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Comments
CEO Comments
Challenges our organization faces is funding. The FCC began receiving grants in 2013 and since have continued to apply for more local grants. We do our best to keep our overhead as low as possible so that more money is spent on the children. As we are growing more space and employees are needed to properly and effectively fulfill our mission.  Our donor base and fundraising efforts have increased, which was an obstacle as we began our charity.  Our strive to make a strong presence in the community and deligently work at receiving funds to cover our programs so that we may serve every child that enters into the foster care system.
Foundation Staff Comments
This organization received its tax-exempt status in 2012 and so has only one year of financials. The organization files the 990N, which contains no financial information. Financials were provided by the organization. Numbers are unaudited.
Address 4159 Starrush Pl
Lexington, KY 40509
Primary Phone 239 248-7699
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Cassie Slone
Board Chair Mrs Megan Scutchfield
Board Chair Company Affiliation President