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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

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

EMQ is a wonderful organization. I have been a donor for so many years to help them provide their wonderful services to children and families. We are very blessed to have them in our community.


Rating: 5

For many years I have been donating to EMQ through The Tennis Marathon. What a lovely way to meet some new players while donating to such a worthy cause. Their programs to help those in need, especially children at risk, is such a worthy cause. Thank you for all you do and please keep doing what you do as well as you do. 10splyr.

Sinead M.


Rating: 5

My Moms group picked EMQ families first as our fundraising drive last year and we are doing it again this year with backpacks for local kids in need for school. We also adopted several families over holidays and bought for their needs. I was so impressed by the professionalism of the organization and how much impact they have here in my own community that I encouraged my company to partner with them on last years holiday party and we did a very successful fundraising effort for EMQ. It went so well that we will now have all 4 offices included this year and its great to see the work they do impact those often not in spotlight of charities and forgotten like teenagers and foster kids. The staff were wonderful, very professional and as a donor and a HR manager it is a pleasure to partner with them. They make it easy for me to do fundraising for them and sent a framed letter of thanks which went a long way to make my management staff want to do it again. Great organization



Rating: 5

EMQ is a wonderful company focusing on the well-being of some of our most underpriveleged children as well as the concern of adult children as they exit out of the system. Foster care has a special place in my heart because my Mother was a foster child. She was and still is a wonderful woman who has taught me how to be a nurturing, loving Mother to my own 3 sons. EMQ makes sure that children are placed in safe, loving homes. Their children grow and thrive in an environment where they are cared for in the way that they deserve. Most go on to be adopted by their foster families and grow to become successful, independent adults. EMQ is truly a blessing!!


Rating: 5

What a wonderful gift for families in need. I'm thoroughly impressed with the impact and services provided by EMQ.