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Nonprofit Overview

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

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

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

EMQ FamiliesFirst is on the cutting edge of the Behavioral Healthcare industry. The agency has a solid history in serving children and families with the most complex of needs. Their work is informed by leading edge research and their use of evidence-based practices speaks to their ongoing commitment to delivering the highest caliber of services. Children and families in crisis in California are fortunate to have this statewide team of expert and committed professionals working to do "whatever it takes" to help them experience healing and positive change.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Changing lives, saving children, amazing systems in place to help the hardest situations. My tour and involvement demonstrated the care from this incredible team.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have referred a couple of my clients for Mentoring services through the IYRT program and have great success in the minors being connected with a mentor that they felt a "connection" to. Additionally, EMQ offers great workshops for the community they serve. Whenever I have had questions about somethign the staff have been quite responsive.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Every now and then you meet someone who is just a perfect fit for the work they do. It's rare to find a group or an entire organization who so completely fits the mission of the organization. Such is the case with EMQ-Families First. I have made my living evaluating and consulting to a wide variety of organizations on management structures, boards, and operations. Rarely have I seen the level of dedication and commitment to the mission that I've seen with these folks. Everyone I encountered at EMQ are so passionate about the work with children and families. A part of my work with organizations is to inspire. It's rare to BE in inspired by organizations - that was always my experience. To a person they are a pleasure to work with and I recommend them highly.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked closely with many nonprofit organizations in California as a mental health professional and as an academic evaluator. I can say, without a doubt, that EMQFF is top notch. It provides high quality services using proven methods. The leadership within the organization is also outstanding, making it a great place to work. I encourage many of my best social work students to consider employment at EMQ-FF. Kathy Cox, Ph.D., LCSW Associate Professor School of Social Work California State University, Chico

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

EMQ FamiliesFirst is a frontrunner in providing children’s mental health services. Their executive team is smart, innovative and clearly keeps the focus on ensuring children have access to quality treatment and care services. They work diligently in conjunction with county and state officials to reduce barriers to accessing care and improving the system of care for children's mental health. It is a pleasure to work among such dedicated professionals.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was closely associated with EMQFF for over 4 years as a professional dealing with all levels of management and monitoring their services to the children of Santa Clara County. I always found them very professional and anxious to provide the best possible services to children. The administration was quick to step up to the plate to develop new services to meet newly identified needs of the children. I was always impressed with the professionalism of all levels of their staff and their desire to provide quality, strength based services to all children.