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EMQ FamiliesFirst

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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: We do whatever it takes to help children, strengthen families, build community, and advocate for systems change to ensure that our families thrive.

Results: Privately funded programs include Family Finding (locating safe family members for children 'lost' in the system), Addiction Prevention Services, Yolo Crisis Nursery, Foster Santa, and Hollygrove's Endless Summer therapeutic afterschool program. Donations support foster care emancipations, basic needs for kids and families, scholarships, enrichment activities, services to youth without access to health insurance, social connection for isolated families with special needs kids, community education, and so much more.

Target demographics: Low-income children ages birth through age 23 and their family members who are recovering from abuse, trauma, neglect, addiction; and low-income children with developmental disabilities, Autism, or mental illness

Direct beneficiaries per year: 20,000 children and their family members

Geographic areas served: 30 counties throughout California

Programs: • Foster Care and Adoption Services • Intensive Services, such as: º Children’s Shelter Alternative Services º Family Preservation º In-Home Mental Health º Mobile Crisis Response º Targeted Behavioral Intervention º Wraparound (Program Uplift) • Outpatient Mental Health Services • Prevention and Early Intervention, such as: º Addiction Prevention Services º Crisis Nursery º Fast Track (Early Intervention in Child Welfare) º First 5 º Kinship Support º Student Assistance Services • Psychiatric Services • Residential Treatment • School-Based Treatment Services • Transitional Housing

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

When our family decided to become foster parents, I searched the internet to find an organization to help us. Fortunately I came across the EMQFF site and made a call. Since the very beginning the staff was excellent as they helped us through the paperwork, training, and certification process. We now have a new 17 year old son who is an outstanding young man.

Angela E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a foster parent now for 15 years. EMQFF has been our biggest support. They trained us and helped us become the foster parents that we are today. In return, we have been able to provide a safe, loving and nurturing home that any child can thrive in. I am happy to say that we have a very high success rate in retaining our foster children and helping them emancipate. Just as we teach the children that come into our homes, these children teach us! Such compassion, heart, courage, and strength! To see the world thru their eyes.. is priceless! I can't imagine life not being a foster parent! :)


Client Served

Rating: 5

EMQ FF provides wrap around services for our son. Our wonderful Project Uplift team initially worked with us to help us identify our family's strengths, come up with a family safety plan and create a family vision statement. At our weekly Child Family Team meetings, EMQ has us begin by focusing on the positive (what’s working) rather than the negative (what’s not working). This gentle reminder encourages us to view our challenges from a completely different perspective. We can look forward with hopeful hearts. We now have a vision. THANK YOU EMQ

Client Served

Rating: 5

EMQ Families FIrst has helped my son immensely. They have a good mix of knowledge, common sense and compassion. The counselors care about the young adults and the curriculum and follow up fits their needs. I I feel very positive about the organization and would recommend their services.