ĒMA Program Description:
ĒMA is a court approved, prevention program designed to advocate for moms in crisis to preserve their families. We pair moms at-risk of losing their children into foster care with an ĒMA Advocate who builds meaningful relationship and provides holistic support, ensuring every mother has an opportunity to thrive. This outcome-based program empowers families to achieve stability and stay together.
Refer a Client (Community Referral):
If you are a community agency with a client in need of our services – please fill out our referral form and our team will be in touch with you shortly.
Are you a Mom in Crisis? (Self Referral):
We have a team working everyday to provide holistic support for moms in crisis. Contact us today and we will get you connected to the right support you need.
Become an ĒMA Advocate:
ĒMA Advocates are trained volunteers with a passion to see families preserved through mother advocacy. The ĒMA Advocate builds a meaningful connection with one mom, works together towards her goals, is a voice box for her progress and needs in the community, and helps her stay connected to support. When a mom has an Advocate, she receives holistic care that solely stems from a place of relationship. (More details below)
What is an ĒMA Advocate?
Advocates are trained volunteers with a passion to see families preserved through mother advocacy. The ĒMA Advocate builds meaningful relationship with one mom, works together towards her goals, is a voice box for her progress and needs in the community, and helps her stay connected to support. When a mom has an ĒMA Advocate, she receives holistic care that solely stems from a place of relationship.
ĒMA Advocates are paired with a mother from the very beginning of her journey through the program. ĒMA Advocates are trained and equipped to provide the social, emotional and tangible support vulnerable moms need to move from crisis to stability.
Who Does an ĒMA Advocate Serve?
Moms in crisis who are experiencing poverty, at-risk of family separation, or with children in foster care and working towards reunification.
What is the Commitment?
ĒMA Advocates are paired to one mom in the ĒMA Program. The time commitment varies, but typically an Advocate will invest 2 hours per week over the course of 10 advocacy sessions. All sessions can be done virtually or in-person. In that time, they work closely with your ĒMA Program Coordinator to ensure the mom is receiving her needed services.
What Does a Typical Advocacy Session Entail?
Each week, ĒMA Advocates schedule a time with their assigned mom to meet virtually or in person. During that hour, an ĒMA Advocate will review her action plan, set weekly tasks, and discuss any current needs. The Advocate then uses an evidence-based curriculum and works through a structured lesson provided by ĒMA. The goal of the hour-long session is to build relationship, provide education, and support the mom towards achieving the goals on her action plan.
The Role of an ĒMA Advocate:
How do I Become an ĒMA Advocate?
- Submit an Interest Form
- Schedule Your Interview
- Complete the Application
- Attend an ĒMA Advocate Training
- Get Paired with a Mom!