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“The New Normal”… a term that has been used to describe the environment we are experiencing in a post-pandemic society. Our lives were turned upside down for the better part of two years. Parents had to change their personal and professional routines to accommodate home-schooling their children. People across all industries and professions had to learn new ways to communicate on virtual platforms. Nurses, doctors, and health professionals were working extended hours under extremely stressful conditions knowing that they could contract the virus and then possibly infect their own loved ones.

Yet in this dark time, our CASAs continued their advocacy because many of these children were isolated in their homes, potentially in peril. Unfortunately, the “new normal” did not eliminate children being in vulnerable situations in their own homes. Instead, it heightened concern and complicated some of the ways our volunteer advocates could gather information about a child’s situation. Without the teacher noticing the unusual bruises on a child’s legs or the soccer coach noticing the black eye, our advocates had to work extra hard to be a light for every abused and neglected child referred to Henrico CASA.

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We are humbled and honored to be part of this organization of true professionals who work tirelessly to support our cause and fulfill our vision to ensure that all children in Henrico County live in safe and stable homes. We are also truly grateful for the support that generous donors like YOU provide to our organization, without whom we would not be able to execute our mission.

The work we do is tough and requires fortitude, resilience, and a passion to help children. As we near our 30th year, we are excited to implement aspects of our new strategic plan that supports our vision for enriching our community.

Our volunteer advocates are shining their lights, making futures bright for the children they serve. We promise to continue this important work and hope that you will once again commit to supporting Henrico CASA and the children and families we serve. Thank you for playing a part in creating brighter futures and a healthier community.

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Chris Durand

Chair, Board of Directors

Jeannine Panzera

Executive Director

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"I don't know how I would have made it through without our CASA."

- Parent of a child served by CASA

Family is the foundation of a child's life, ideally offering stability and security. When families are in crisis, children and teens face a storm of challenges and stressors.
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Children and families are involved with CASA due to allegations of abuse and/or neglect. Last year, the majority of Henrico CASA's cases primarily involed physical neglect, followed by emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and medical neglect.

62% Had Mental Health Concerns

A majority of children and families appointed to Henrico CASA are struggling with mental health issues. The many other challenges families face include:

Substance Abuse
Criminal Involvement
Housing Instability
Domestic Violence
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"CASA fills in the gaps of missing information which assists the Court a great deal in making decisions...
I absolutely love, support, and respect the CASA program."

- Henrico Juvenile Court Judge

Amid the storm, children need a sense of calm. Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judges appoint Henrico CASA to ensure safety and security.
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100% of Judges Appoint CASA

All five of Henrico County's Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Judges appoint CASA to advocate for victims of abuse and neglect.

100% of Children Served

Child abuse knows no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic bounds.  Every child appointed to Henrico CASA was served.

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CASA ensures no child is left to weather the storm alone.
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"One of my favorite aspects of being a CASA is that it allows me to be a stable influence during a very turbulent time in [a child's] life."

- CASA Volunteer

Court Appointed Special Advocates are safe, stable adults who become a consistent presence in a child's life and ensure the child's voice is heard.
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329 Children

benefited from dedicated relationships with their CASA.

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119 Advocates

were trained and supervised by Henrico CASA staff.

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10,452 Hours

were donated by advocates, with 1,885 additional hours of training and education. On average, CASA volunteers spend 4 years devoted to their role as an advocate.

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95% of CASA Children

had the same dedicated and consistent advocate during the entirety of their case. CASA's are a constant source of calm amid the storm.

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CASA's best-interest advocacy is carried out by volunteers, rain or shine.
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"CASA keeps giving me updated information as an impartial source that makes sure I stay on the right track with my actions and recommendations."

- Guardian ad Litem Attorney

Henrico CASA is a light during a dark time. Volunteers and staff advocate for children in court, while also connecting them to vital resources and supports.
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97% of CASA's Recommendations

considered by the Court were ordered. Recommendations made by CASA often include these services:

- Mental Health Treatment
- Substance Abuse Treatment
- Parental Supervision/Reunification
- Parent Education/Coaching
- Family/Individual Counseling
- Juvenile Probation Services
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<1% of Children and Families

received an additional finding of abuse and neglect from Child Protective Services while appointed a CASA.

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CASA ensures safety from the storm for victims of abuse and neglect.
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"I am 100% the person I am today because [my CASA] took the time."

- Young Adult Served by CASA

Henrico CASA can help change the trajectory of a child's life. In collaboration with other professionals, we help secure future success for the children we serve.
99% of Children Served by Henrico CASA

were in safe, stable homes at the close of their cases. At closure, we celebrated:

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Reunifications and Family Placements
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Negotiated Custody Agreements
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Children Ready for Adoption

As reported by judges, children with a CASA have improved outcomes like:

- Long Term Wellbeing
- Psychological Wellbeing
- Better Chance for Reunification
- Less Time to Reach Permanency

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CASA's intervention forecasts a brighter future for vulnerable youth.
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Henrico CASA's second annual Home for Good event raised awareness for our mission and generated more than $95,000!


Short Pump Town Center
Brookfield Properties


Classic Construction
DPR Construction

Henrico County Career & Technical Education (CTE)

Urbancore Construction
W.M. Jordan Company


510 Architects
84 Lumber
Atlantic Constructors, Inc.
Atlantic Lift Systems
Chewning + Wilmer
Cobb Lumber
Custom Coatings
Custom Ornamental
Evans Carpet
James River Exteriors
MOI, Inc.
Nara Contracting
Saunders Roofing


Developer ($10,000)
Pearson Auto Group

Architect ($5,000 - $7,499)
Cross Timbers Roofing
Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation
Kinloch Development Corporation
Tuckahoe Orthopedics

Designer ($2,500 - $4,999)
AFM Contracting LLC
ColonialWebb Contractors
CSC Leasing Company
Dibert Valve & Fitting Co., Inc.
Estes Express Lines
Farmer Properties
Patient First
Pop's Bar and Grill

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"We are honored to support such a great cause to benefit children and give them an opportunity for a brighter future."

- 2022 Home for Good Sponsor


Foundation ($1,000-$2,499)
Anthem Health Plans of Virginia
Atlantic Union Bank Wealth Management
Closet Factory
Gilman Surge, LLC
Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa - Short Pump
Russell and Susan Harper
IOTA Solutions
Sandpiper Hospitality
Southern Trust Mortgage
The Idea Center
The Steele Group Sotheby's International Realty
True Vision Analytics, LLC
Window Depot of Richmond

Shelter ($500-$999)
Anne M. Shively Memorial Fund
Armstrong Bristow Farley & Schwarzschild PLC
BrownGreer PLC
C&F Mortgage Corporation - Missy Bass
Carpetland's Custom Carpet and Tile
Chesapeake Bank
Costen Floors Inc.
Davenport Asset Management
Ford Richardson, PC
Haley Volvo Cars Richmond
KDW Home
Kerns & Kastenbaum, PLC
Lansing Building Products
LeafSpring Schools
Lewis Media Partners, LLC
Martin & Associates, Inc.
Marty and Becky Kanipe
Monte Todd / Long and Foster Realtors
REdefine Property Management LLC
Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP
Virginia Green
Watson and Allison Wright


Alpha Omega Wealth Management
Christy and Boyd Clary
Melissa Dart
HandCraft Services
- In Honor of Betsy Beach
James River Interiors
Rebecca Kalman-Winston
Eric Palmer
Royal Dermatology
Shaheen, Ruth, Martin & Fonville Real Estate
Richard Siewers
Scott Sullivan
- In Honor of Chris Orski
West End Pediatrics


Carousel Signs & Designs
Hughes Outdoor Media
Liesfeld Contractor, Inc.
Sunbelt Rentals
The Idea Center


Congratulations to our five playhouse winnners: Molly Anderson, Gerald Clarke, Kristel Locklear, Vanna McDonald, and Megan Neumayer!

Thank you to the 368 supporters who made donations for opportunities to win! A complete list of all of those who donated can be found here.

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Your support shines bright.

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We recognize that we could not accomplish our mission without the selfless commitment from the many generous individuals, foundations, businesses, and faith and civic groups, in our community.

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Financial Summary

We take a stewardship of the resources entrusted to us seriously. We use these resources carefully so that we can serve every child who needs our services. Last year, Henrico CASA conducted a formal search for a new investment advisor. We are proud to welcome Alpha Omega Wealth Management as our new investment management partner to ensure our strategy for long-term growth and sustainability.

Come rain or shine, your generous giving of time and resources has allowed Henrico CASA to serve every child referred for advocacy services since 1994. With your continued support, we can maintain this incredible record of commitment to children in our community and to the court system.



*Excludes income from realized and unrealized gains and/or losses

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CASA Expenses 2022

Our financial statements are audited by independent auditors and made public.

We're transparent! Please click here to see a more detailed look at our most recent audit report and IRS Form 990.



We never give up.

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Betsy Beach, Chair
Chris Durand, Vice Chair
Mary Jo Sisson-Vaughan, Treasurer
Fannie Mallonee, Secretary

Jessica Coburn
Anne Preston Farmer
Rutherfoord Ferguson
Dr. Suzanne Mathias Lagosky
Shannon Mitchell
Paul Ronson
Paul Shively
Rabbi Adam Winston
Dave Luck, CPA, CFP, Advisor
Dr. Doug Nassif, Advisor
Kevin Bruny, Lifetime Member
Jon Ganues, Lifetime Member
Pat Hackler, Lifetime Member


Chris Durand, Chair
Paul Ronson, Vice Chair
Shannon Mitchell, Treasurer
Bryan Jenkins, Secretary

Betsy Beach, Immediate Past Chair
Jessica Coburn
Rutherfoord Ferguson
Jeffrey Fielo
Dr. Suzanne Mathias Lagosky
Paul Shively
Mary Jo Sisson-Vaughan
Melvin E. Tull, III
Rabbi Adam Winston
Anne Preston Farmer, Advisor
B. Anthony Hall, Advisor
Joy Jones, Advisor
Sarah Kurysz, Advisor
Dave Luck, CPA, CFP, Advisor
Dr. Doug Nassif, Advisor
Kevin Bruny, Lifetime Member
Jon Ganues, Lifetime Member
Pat Hackler, Lifetime Member


Jeannine Panzera
Executive Director

Kristin Blalock
Community Engagement Coordinator

Trish Stewart
Program Manager

Lorrie Moore
Volunteer + Training Coordinator

Nicole Howell
Volunteer Coordinator

Rebecca Kalman-Winston
Case Manager

Marie Gordon
Program + Financial Assistant

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