Our Story

Hope for Kids Geauga is a 501(C)(3)  non-profit organization that raises funds to bring hope back into the lives of children.  The volunteer board cares passionately about meeting the needs of children and youth whose lives have been disrupted due to family issues of addiction, mental health, domestic violence and/or sexual abuse; circumstances beyond their control. The devastating and long term effects impact children emotionally, socially, developmentally and academically. Your donation helps reduce the stress, chaos and trauma to abused, neglected and at-risk children by funding enrichment, educational and developmental activities.

Children who experience abuse and/or neglect are at much higher risk for poor academic achievement, mental health disorders, drug abuse and criminal activities. Since 2012 the opiate/heroin epidemic has caused an increase in child abuse and/or neglect cases and at-risk children served by social service agencies.

Hope for Kids Geauga is the result of an expansion of Friends of CASA for Kids. FoCASA was established in 2001 to support the needs of abused / neglected children involved with the Geauga County Juvenile Court.  The FoCASA board became aware of many other children / youth experiencing trauma due to family issues, who were not involved with the juvenile court. Therefore, in January 2017, the decision was made to expand the organization’s mission and change the name to Hope for Kids Geauga. Those funded range in age from birth – 22 years.

Our goal is to improve children’s self-esteem, self-confidence, academics and development by providing positive experiences that can make a life-long difference. These activities include:

  • Summer camps, sports fees and uniforms, YMCA memberships, art, music, horseback riding classes, etc.
  • Educational opportunities such as: tutoring, class trips, summer classes, computer programs for special needs, and other extracurricular activities.

Hope for Kids has formal agreements with three agencies to fund the needs of abused and/or neglected children, which includes children involved in Geauga Juvenile Court (served by the CASA for KIDS program) and children identified as at-risk and served by Geauga County agencies. As these agencies do not have funds for enrichment activities, they are grateful for the donations from Hope for Kids Geauga which donates approximately $35,000 annually.