We provide homes, healing, and hope to families, children, and youth impacted by abuse, neglect and homelessness. We provide homes for children, teens and college-age youth through our foster care program and residential group homes. 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. We also provide a home for homeless women and children, a population that merges with our service footprint of serving vulnerable children and families.
Embrace Alabama Kids has programs and staff that serve and span the state of Alabama. Our Northwest Florida ministry (Embrace Florida Kids) also has programs in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton Counties.
We receive private referrals and referrals from the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR). We are licensed and contracted through DHR to provide residential care, foster care and support programs.
Income and expense vary greatly from program to program, and some are self-funded. Collectively, our Alabama Department of Human Resources contract dollars pay a small fraction of what it costs to run our homes and programs, and funding is always shifting and fluctuating. The remainder of our revenue comes from donors and churches.
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 (2021) (Including Embrace Alabama Kids and Embrace Florida Kids)
Employment inquiries may be directed to our Human Resources staff located at our corporate office. E-mail: email@example.com, call 1.800.239.3575 or click here.
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 gift cards for entertainment as well.
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 1.800.239.3575 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about getting involved!
Embrace Alabama Kids 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 foster care and family preservation programs in both Alabama and Northwest Florida.
Kids leave our programs in a variety of different ways. Some youth are only with us for a brief period of time while arrangements are made for them to move on to placements with friends or family members. Other youth are reunited with family. Some of our kids in foster care are adopted by their foster parents. Many youth remain with us through high school and leave to live independent lives. It is our goal, no matter how long a youth is with us, to do as much as possible to prepare them for independence.
Yes! Our kids call to let us know how they are doing, what is new in their lives, and when major life events occur. We are sometimes able to help out financially when our youth experience an unexpected crisis or life event. We also track children for one year post discharge to identify any follow up needs or issues.
Family reunification happens frequently within the child welfare system. Sometimes reunification occurs with extended family members rather than with parents. We are supportive of reunification when it occurs. Our programs work with the child/youth and the biological family to help the child/youth during this transition.
Family visitation is conditional. Everyone involved must abide by all court orders. The court mandates what type of visitation is appropriate for each family. Some kids are able to visit their family members with few limitations, other kids may only see their family when a court-approved supervisor is in place to oversee the visit, and some youth are not allowed contact with their parents for safety reasons. As much as possible, siblings are placed together. When they cannot be placed together, sibling visitation is encouraged as frequently as possible.
Our kids are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities programs such as athletic teams, band, clubs, and other interests. Embrace Alabama Kids desires to help our youth find their passion and to experience new things. However, the cost of these activities are not funded by local or state agencies, and is only possible through the generous donations from the community.
Spiritual care is provided in a variety of ways and is a priority in all of our programs. All youth are encouraged to participate in a local church. Staff also encourage spiritual development throughout all programs. Our annual mission trip and Awards Celebration also provide our staff and youth with powerful spiritual experiences.
Licensed foster parents provide temporary care for children who have been removed from their biological family due to abuse, neglect or abandonment until those children can safely return home or achieve another permanent outcome.
Our North Alabama Foster Care office is located in Tuscaloosa and our South Alabama Foster Care offices are located in Andalusia and Dothan. Staff from each office help families complete necessary requirements to become licensed to care for foster children. The licensing process includes an application process, intensive background checks and home safety assessment. A licensing worker makes a minimum of two visits to your home to complete family interviews, health inspections, and a fire inspection. All foster homes must comply with the minimum standards for foster homes as mandated by the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR). Interested applicants should send an email to email@example.com.
The program staff work with families to establish a realistic timeline for licensing and depends on completion of a variety of factors and circumstances determine the length of the licensing process. It can take three months or longer depending on completion of background checks, medical clearances and required certifications, the availability of training, and location of the foster home.
A respite care home allows foster parents a break from caregiving responsibilities by providing short term care of children who are already placed in a foster home. Duration of respite care varies from one day to two weeks. A respite care home must be a fully licensed foster home.
Additionally, Foster parents have varying participation in the following:
Foster parents receive a board payment based on the needs of each foster child. However this payment is a reimbursement, not a salary. It is nontaxable, not considered a source of income for income tax purposes.
Foster care staff will assist foster parents in obtaining adequate clothing for children as needed.