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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adoption, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Family Services, Foster Care

Mission: The mission of Evangelical Child and Family Agency is to improve the quality of life for individuals and families, and protect and nurture abused, neglected and dependent children. We do this by providing quality social services from a biblical perspective.

Results: In the 62 years of providing adoption services, over 3100 adoptions have been accomplished in IL and WI. For review of all programs over the past fiscal year, see the annual report at http://evancfa.org/downloads/ECFAAnnualReportFY2011.pdf

Target demographics: Women experiencing an unplanned pregancy, children needing adoption or short term foster care, anyone needing counseling, with referrals to partner agencies if specific expertise needed is not in house.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Numbers vary between 600 and 900

Geographic areas served: Northeast Illinois and Southeast Wisconsin

Programs: Pregnancy Support Services, Adoption, Individual & Family Counseling, private foster care in DuPage County through Safe Families for Children, and Intact Family Services in DuPage County (State of IL contract)

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

My daughter had many foster children through ECFA and I was very impressed with the training they received and the assistance during their years of being foster parents. They did adopt one of the foster babies and she is now a senior in high school. As a result of this experience, I have volunteered as a driver and a helper with the mailings. The staff is highly professional and very personable.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was adopted through ecfa in 1980. I am the oldest of seven adopted children. As an adult I have come to truly understand the magnitude of the love that is poured out by the staff of ecfa into all the work they do. I also contribute when I can with donations. Ecfa is a very dedicated agency that operates very efficiently in all the services they provide. Adopting a child is a decision that must be made with much consideration as it will clearly change several lives. The ecfa staff and volunteers work and walk in love making any situation or decision much easier to handle. The most important thing I can say about ecfa is how I am humbled so much any time I am at an event or fundraiser. The quality of the character of all of the people involved with ecfa is so strong that I am usually brought to tears as I get overwhelmed by the selflessness that fills the air. It is these rare type of people that make the ecfa the truly great organization that it is. My highest recommendation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are involved with ECFA as adoptive parents, a SFFC (Safe Families for Children) host family and volunteers. We are so grateful to walk alongside this organization whose purpose/mission is to share the love of Christ with individuals & families. Our involvement, specifically with SFFC has challenged our family to step outside of the bounds of what is comfortable and to serve those who are neglected, abused or simply struggling to overcome life's challenges. We have been inspired by birthmoms desperately trying to raise children without the skills/confidence required. We have had our hearts stolen by little ones who respond with such joy in having their needs met (i.e. structure, safety and LOTS of love!) The work can be hard. Heartbreaking even. But we have found that in letting go of our fears, and stepping out in faith, God grace is MORE than sufficient. What a priviledge to serve others, for His glory. Thank you, ECFA, for supporting our family, for praying for our family, for working within our communities each & every day sharing the love of Christ with all.

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our daughter was a victim of rape, and conceived a child. We thought about raising the child ourselves, but realized, it would be very difficult for our daughter. We contacted ECFA, although it was a heartbreaking decision, through ECFA, the transition, was filled with love and understanding. We are very grateful to ECFA, and pray for their continued success and support.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a client of Evangelical Child and Family Agency. My parents adopted me from this agency 22 years ago. This agency means so means so much to my family and me. ECFA has stayed by our side throughout my entire life and has recently been able to connect me with my birth grandmother who is so dear to my heart. ECFA is one of the greatest Christian agencies and has displayed Christ's love for all people. I wanted to stay connected with this agency and give something back to them, so now I am volunteering with ECFA. Everyone working here has so much passion for what they do. The agency strives to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ to every person that uses their services. ECFA has changed my family's life, and they will change many other lives as they continue to honor God in everything they do. Victoria Conley

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My wife and I adopted our two beautiful daughters from ECFA. From the beginning, we felt cared for by the staff at ECFA. As the process unfolded, we could feel God's work happening right before our very eyes. SInce then, I have been involved in voluteer opportunities with ECFA and to view the quality Christian work that goes on is always confirmation that God lives in ECFA.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a paralegal with the law firm of Grady, Hayes & Neary, LLC in Waukesha, Wisconsin. I have worked with Attorney Stephen W. Hayes for 36 years in the children's law field. We work in the areas of adoption, guardianship, custody, foster care and surrogacy. We have partnered with Evangelical Child and Family Agency (ECFA), a non-profit Christian organization located in New Berlin, Wisconsin, for many years assisting ECFA with their adoption-related services. The dedicated staff at ECFA offers thorough, knowledgable and experienced counseling to birth mothers and adoptive parents. They also are compassionate and caring to the parties during this emotional and stressful period of making an adoption plan for the child. They also share the love of Christ to the families as they guide them on this adoption journey. They are honest, trustworthy and dependable. It has been a pleasure to work with such a professional agency who offers such outstanding service to the public. Wendy Gebauer

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Since 1985, we have supported ECFA as phone volunteer, foster family, adoptive family and as a Board member. From Excecutive leadership, to line staff, to volunteers, to Board members, the ECFA family is the finest organization one can find. With a heart for serving families and children in need with Christ's love and practical support, ECFA is highly effective through its services and highly efficient with its funds.