EMBRACE WAITING CHILDREN INC

A loving, stable home for every child

aka Embrace   |   McKinney, TX   |  www.embracetexas.org

Mission

Connecting willing hands with opportunities to serve children in foster, adoptive, and kinship care.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Denise Kendrick

Main address

114 1/2 E. Louisiana Suite 202

McKinney, TX 75069 USA

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EIN

27-0946206

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Adoption (P31)

Foster Care (P32)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We look for gaps in child welfare and foster care that put children at-risk, and work to fill those gaps. Through a variety of programs such as monthly support groups, respite nights, recruitment events, sibling visitation, and accessible family outings, we encourage more families to consider fostering and give those that are fostering the tools and support they need to continue to welcome vulnerable children into their homes. Our programs and service are available to at-risk families and caregivers, foster families, adoptive families, and teens exiting foster care. Volunteers are core to the carrying out of our events and programs.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Simplest of Gifts

Providing household goods to youth aging out of foster care.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

A recruitment effort to find qualified adoptive families for children and youth lingering in foster care.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Embrace provides opportunities for foster and adoptive families caring for children with special needs to partake of family outings and educational experiences especially planned and formatted with the special needs family in mind. A focus on ease, accessibility and normalization make these events a safe, memorable experience for all.

Population(s) Served
Families
People with intellectual disabilities

This photographic exhibit features the portraits of children in foster care, waiting for adoption. This incredible recruitment tool has helped one hard numerous foster and adoptive parents.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

This sensory friendly playroom exists to maintain and strengthen the relationships of siblings in foster care, placed in separate homes. This service is provided at no cost to participating families and agencies.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of licensed foster families as a result of the organization's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Second Story

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Embrace is not a child placing agency. We track individuals and household taking steps towards foster parenting and adoption in our programs.

Number of foster care children placed with a family that were formally adopted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Second Story

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The growth of our diligent recruitment program has been a key factor in the placement of waiting children. While these numbers may seem small, they are phenomenal for the population served.

Hours of support group services offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers, Parents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The successful addition of a retreat for foster/adoptive fathers has replaced a unsuccessful monthly support group for dads. We hope to expand support group options and capacity in 2021.

Number of congregations participating in foster care and adoption recruitment and support

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Increasing involvement by the faith community helps recruit and support foster and adoptive families in our community and create more placement stability for foster children.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Overcome the shortage of foster parents in our community: Embrace hosts foster and adoptive parent recruitment efforts in a variety of formats across the DFW metroplex. We facilitate a collaborative of over 30 child placing agencies to prevent duplication of efforts and increase teamwork in the recruitment process. Last year over 200 couples and individuals took steps towards becoming foster or adoptive parents through Embrace. A diverse, robust supply of open foster homes helps prevent the separation of siblings in foster care, placement of children in shelters and children's homes, and children being placed for foster care outside their home communities.

Retain current foster homes: Embrace is not a child placing agency that licenses foster or adoptive families, we are a support system available (at no cost) to families and children with any agency. Our respite care, training, retreats, support groups, and accessible family outings normalize the foster care journey, prevent burnout, and keep foster homes active for longer.

Create a unified voice for child welfare advocacy in Texas: Embrace created and leads a collaboration of similar nonprofits from across the state. We gather annually to idea share, advocate and meet with lawmakers about child welfare policies.

Help smooth the transition from foster care to independent adult life for foster teens: Embrace connects with teenagers in foster care who will not be adopted before they turn 18. Our foster teen graduation party provides youth the opportunity to learn about housing, educational and employment resources in our community. When these young adults move into their first apartment or dorm, Embrace provides them with new, household supplies to set up their kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. Should youth encounter challenges, they have Embrace as a resource for years to come.

Create a platform for volunteers to positively impact the lives of abused and neglected children: Each year, several hundred volunteers give of their time and talents with Embrace. From sewing weighted blankets for children in foster with special needs, to providing direct care for foster and adoptive children, these volunteers are making a difference. Additionally, Embrace leads a collaboration of churches who commit to recruitment, respite, and other foster care support services.

Find families for children lingering in foster care, waiting for adoption: Embrace has reinvented the adoption recruitment process for children in foster care. Instead of in-person match events to connect prospective families with children, Embrace has developed an event where the children are represented by their caseworkers, CASA volunteers and unique displays that represent each child's interests, hobbies and dreams. By partnering with Child Protective Services, Embrace is able to photograph children in foster care and display printed portraits in our "Portraits of Hope Gallery".

Embrace staff and board members work together to set of challenging objectives for each year for the organization. The staff works as a team to develop key results (or milestones) that will gauge our progress toward achieving our objectives. Periodic peer reviews hold each staff member accountable, and offer opportunities for brainstorming and the celebration of successes.

Embrace is intentionally small-staffed, as many of our program and service related tasks are carried out by volunteers. We link arms with other nonprofits, local government, and congregations in our community to prevent duplication of effort and promote teamwork.

Our specific strategies for each goal are listed above, with the goals.

Embrace is deeply embedded in and supported by the local community. We actively partner with other nonprofit, local government, social services, and congregations to assess and meet needs. Our funding is well diversified. This allows us to not only weather difficult times, but to proactively shift to address new issues we predict or encounter. Our "nimbleness" as an organization has served us well in the current, pandemic crisis.

In addition to our staff, our hardworking board rally around the vision and mission of the organization. They meet with staff on a monthly basis, in addition to serving on committees and volunteering. Our organization is blessed with incredible volunteers who serve at specific events, as well as on a regular basis at our location. Local service organizations, scouts, volunteer teams, and congregations donate countless hours to furthering the mission of Embrace.

Our tight-knit staff are creative, flexible and energetic. As a small nonprofit, it's important that we, as a team, take responsibility for all aspects of the organization.

So far this year, Embrace has pivoted all in-person foster parent recruitment efforts to virtual, online or social distanced formats. The Portraits of Hope Gallery has been shifted to a series of social media and internet-based posts about individual children. The Child to Family Connection events are growing, while the format has changed to an all-day, socially distanced experience.

To improve sibling relationships for children placed in separate foster homes, Embrace will open a sibling visitation space in our new offices. This space will be available at no cost to families or the government and allow siblings the chance to interact in a safe, sensory friendly playroom.

Plans for the 2021 Restore Texas Families gathering in Austin are underway, to rally like-minded organizations to idea share and advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children and their caregivers.

We're in the process of developing ideas for how to re-format our foster/adoptive parent retreats for current gathering limitations. We're sharing opportunities for online/virtual training to the families we serve.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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EMBRACE WAITING CHILDREN INC

Board of directors
as of 8/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bryant Richardson

No Affiliation

Term: 2020 - 2021

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/28/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Caucasian/Hispanic
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data