We provide homes, hope, and healing to families, children, and youth impacted by abuse and neglect. We provide homes for children and youth in need through our foster care program and teen group home. Our family preservation program provides targeted, specific interventions for families who are at risk for having their children removed as well as with families working toward reunifying with their children. Our Teen Center provides mentoring and educational support services for youth impacted by the foster care system. Children served range in age from 0-21.
EFK has program offices and staffing in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton Counties. Our parent company (United Methodist Children’s Home/UMCH) also has programs in 36 Alabama counties.
We receive referrals from the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) and Families First Network (FFN). We are licensed through DCF, and contracted through FFN to provide our programs.
Income and expense vary greatly from program to program, and some are 100% donor funded. Collectively, contract dollars pay about 60% of what it costs to run the programs, and funding is always shifting and fluctuating. The remainder of our income is from donors and churches in Northwest Florida.
We have a variety of methods to accept your tax-exempt donation: Our Secure payment processing link has instructions for your credit card, EFT or check; through your financial institution, IRA contribution, and via Venmo.
All funds are considered unrestricted and for “Greatest Ministry Needs” unless the donor provides other instructions to restrict the gift for a specific location or program.
Last year (2019)
Locally, an average of 25 staff are living and serving Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton Counties. We expect that number to grow in 2020 due to increased needs. All of our Florida program staff are managed by Director of Programs, Charlotte Thomas.
Program Managers: Each program location has a Program Manager with a background in social service and experience working with youth. The Program Manager is responsible for making sure the needs of the youth are met, advocating for youth in their care, providing counseling and guidance, ensuring staff receive appropriate training, and ensuring homes are safe and that children are receiving the care they need.
Youth Care Workers work in the home for several days at a time. Our Youth Care Workers teach our youth skills needed to become independent adults. They also transport youth to school, church, appointments, work, and other activities. Youth Care Workers cook healthy meals, lead devotions, help with homework, bandage cuts and bruises, administer medication, attend sporting events to cheer our youth on, assist youth in discovering abilities, encourage youth, assist in problem solving, show love, and help them deal with the challenges of being a kid in the foster care.
Foster Care staff are responsible for training foster parents, providing support and feedback, arranging for foster parents to have much needed breaks (respite), ensuring foster families abide by licensing standards, matching youth to foster families, advocating for the needs of the youth, and recruiting new foster homes.
Employment inquiries may be directed to our Human Resources staff located at our corporate office. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 334.387.2169 .
Volunteers are limited at our program locations due to sensitivity, privacy, and safety issues. We do have many community advocates and supporters in our schools and churches who raise funds, collect necessary donations (for our foster families and our teens) provide tutoring, fellowship and social opportunities, and more. Monetary donations and estate gifts ensure we are able to continue our programs long-term. We are always in need of grocery and retail gift cards, and have a shopping list of desired items on Amazon HERE.
Additionally, we love to get an invitation to speak at your civic clubs, church groups, etc. Every invitation to speak is an opportunity to gain support from a new segment of the community. Contact us at 1-833-EFK-KIDS or info@EmbraceFLKids.org to learn more about getting involved!
Our parent organization (UMCH) was established in 1890 to provide services to abused, neglected, and abandoned children. What started out as an orphanage in Summerfield, AL, has grown to include a wide spectrum of family preservation, foster parent, and Family Preservation programs in both Alabama and Florida. Our history here in Florida started in the 1970s; with both foster care services and a group home for teen girls in Pensacola (now located in Milton). Our timeline of Florida activity can be found here.