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
EMQ-fAMILESFIRST is an outstanding non-profit -- it provides more than just services to families in crisis, it cares and works on the spirit of the people they help. The recognition event should be larger with more people in the community finding out what EMQ is all about...and the volunteers who support the Happy Dragon and the Butter Paddle couldn't be better ambassadors!!
EMQ Families First matched me and my husband with a delightful young girl when we decided to do respite care foster parenting. We adored this child and had very rewarding experiences during the times she was in our care. I would highly recommend EMQ for people looking to make a contribution and to spend time with a young person in need.