Everyone can do something to help vulnerable children in need of love and support!
There are more than 5,800 vulnerable children in foster care in our state and many more at-risk families who could use some much needed love and support. Embrace Alabama Kids Week provides an opportunity to show support and raise awareness about this important need. Whether it's learning more about vulnerable children and at-risk families, exploring foster parenting, praying for the vulnerable, or making a financial contribution, we can all get involved.
Interested in becoming a foster parent? Licensed foster parents provide temporary care for children who have been removed from their biological family due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment until they can safely return home or permanency is established.
Our foster care programs are located in Andalusia, Dothan, and Tuscaloosa. Staff members from each office help families interested in fostering complete necessary requirements including the application process, background checks, and a home safety assessment. We invite those interested in fostering, or simply learning about the impact of our foster care program, to join us for a live Zoom on Wednesday, August 10 at 9:30 am.
We have a legacy of providing homes, healing, and hope since 1890. Whether it's through a one-time gift or recurring gift, we invite you to be a part of this important work, knowing your support is as needed today as it was decades ago.
Volunteer opportunities are limited due to sensitivity, privacy, and safety concerns. We do have many community advocates and supporters in our schools and churches who raise funds, collect necessary donations, provide field trips, fellowship, social opportunities, and more.
Children we serve need advocates, those who will take notice and take action on their behalf. For more than 130 years, our supporters have done just that. Compelled by God’s grace and propelled by the crucial need that exists among children, supporters have breathed life into our ministry. Whether it’s through learning about children who have experienced abuse and neglect, by inviting a speaker to a local church or civic group, or by giving of one's finances, much can be done to help advocate for vulnerable children.
As a ministry, we believe in the power of prayer and ask that you join us in praying for all who are involved in our ministry. Please pray for the following:
For the Lord to speak through our staff; for each person to use the gifts God has given each of us
For children to be protected from abuse and neglect
For eyes to see the various needs our children have and hearts to readily meet those needs as the Lord provides
And most importantly, for the Lord to be glorified through all that we do, say, and think
Giving kids opportunities to grow and thrive in a safe, loving environment is at the heart of what Embrace Alabama Kids does. Naturally, that's exactly the imagery the ministry's staff decided to use when they came up with a yard sign campaign.
They invited home owners around the community to allow their yards to temporarily display sunflowers and a yard sign that read "Help Plant a Seed of Hope. Support Our Ministry". Children installed the sunflowers, yard signs, and left info and cookies on each participating home's doorstep. The creative campaign was created to make the community aware of Embrace Alabama Kids, its mission, and need of support.
This year, as part of our 2nd Annual Embrace Alabama Kids Week, we're bringing back the yard sign! Not only are we once again inviting our community friends, including Alabama Head Football Coach Nick Saban, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox (utilizing City Hall's lawn), and Alabama Athletic Director Greg Byrne, but the Andalusia, Dothan, and Montgomery communities as well.
RECAP: 1st Embrace Alabama Kids Week
In response to God's Word, we embrace and nurture vulnerable children and families by providing homes, healing, & hope.
Follow us throughout the week on social media to view this unique art project!