We provide homes, hope, and healing to families, children, and youth impacted by abuse and neglect. We provide homes for children, teens and college-age youth through our foster care program and residential group homes. Our Family Preservation program provides targeted, specific interventions for families who are at risk for having their children removed as well as with families working toward reunifying with their children. We also provide a home for homeless women and children, a population that merges with our service footprint of serving vulnerable children and families.
UMCH has programs and staff that serve and span the state of Alabama. Our Northwest Florida ministry (Embrace Florida Kids) also has programs in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton Counties.
We receive referrals from the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR). We are licensed and contracted through DHR to provide residential care, foster care and support programs.
Income and expense vary greatly from program to program, and some are self-funded. Collectively, our Alabama Department of Human Resources contract dollars pay a small fraction of what it costs to run our homes and programs, and funding is always shifting and fluctuating. The remainder of our revenue comes from donors and churches.
We have a variety of methods to accept your tax-exempt donation: Our secure payment processing link has instructions for your credit card, EFT or check; through your financial institution, IRA contribution, and via Venmo.
All funds are considered unrestricted and for “Greatest Ministry Needs” unless the donor provides other instructions to restrict the gift for a specific location or program.
Last year (2019) (Including UMCH and Embrace Florida Kids)
Program Managers: Each program location has a Program Manager with a background in social service and experience working with youth. The Program Manager is responsible for making sure of the needs of the youth are met, advocating for youth in their care, providing counseling and guidance, ensuring staff receive appropriate training, and ensuring that homes are safe and that children are receiving the care they need.
Youth Care Workers work in the home for several days at a time. Our Youth Care Workers teach our youth skills needed to become independent adults. They also transport youth to school, church, appointments, work, and other activities. Youth Care Workers cook healthy meals, lead devotions, help with homework, bandage cuts and bruises, administer medication, attend sporting events to cheer our youth on, assist youth in discovering their abilities, encourage youth, assist in problem solving, show love, and help them deal with the challenges of being a kid in the foster care.
Foster Care staff are responsible for training foster parents, providing support and feedback, arranging for foster parents to have much needed breaks (respite), ensuring foster families abide by licensing standards, matching youth to foster families, advocating for the needs of the youth, and recruiting new foster homes.
Employment inquiries may be directed to our Human Resources staff located at our corporate office. E-mail: email@example.com or call 1.800.239.3575.
Volunteers are limited at our program locations due to sensitivity, privacy, and safety issues. We do have many community advocates and supporters in our schools and churches who raise funds, collect necessary donations (for our foster families and our teens) provide tutoring, fellowship and social opportunities, and more. Monetary donations and estate gifts ensure we are able to continue our programs long-term. We are always in need of gift cards for entertainment as well.
Additionally, we love to get an invitation to speak at your civic clubs, church groups, etc. Every invitation to speak is an opportunity to gain support from a new segment of the community. Contact us at 1.800.239.3575 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about getting involved!
The United Methodist Children’s Home was established in 1890 to provide services to abused, neglected, and abandoned children. What started out as an orphanage in Summerfield, AL, has grown to include a wide spectrum of foster care and family preservation programs in both Alabama and Northwest Florida.