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Our Mission

Welcome to EmberHope Connections, a place for families and children navigating the challenges of foster care, reintegration, adoption, and independent living case management in Sedgwick County beginning July 1, 2024. We understand how hard this is for families as we previously held the same contract for 15 years, from 1997 to 2013. For the past decade, we have underscored our commitment to restoring families by embedding trauma-informed initiatives and customizing services. Our evidence-based programs, SafeGenerations ReSolutions Together, Team Decision-Making, Family Finding, and the Crossover Youth Practice Model, will help families navigate the challenges they face together. We value each and every family we serve.

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Learn more about our approach, program, and services.​

Stronger Families

Smooth Transitions

Timely Permanence

Our Evidence-Based Practices

This practice model is designed to strengthen and preserve the integrity of the family unit, maximize opportunities for family choice and self-determination, and recognize the importance of engaging the family as an active collaborator/partner. We provide services that give the child and family opportunities to strengthen and support the family in their ability to meet their child’s needs for safety, well-being, and permanency.

Our practice affirms the significance of engaging the family as active participants in developing policy, program design, and evaluation and making decisions in selecting services for them and their children. Our model includes family and child assessments that are strengths-based and solution-focused, and our service provision is trauma-responsive and community-based, building upon informal supports and resources.

SafeGenerations ReSolutions Together

A child welfare practice approach based on relational resilience and child safety. This approach through SafeGenerations ReSolutions Together will be utilized as our safety/risk assessment process and as our case management practice framework focusing on family engagement and connection.

Team Decision Making

A collaborative process that brings together family members, foster care personnel, and other key stakeholders involved in a child's life to make consensus-based decisions regarding the child's safety, placement, and well-being. Designed to ensure families are actively involved in the decisions and the child's best interests is at heart.

Family Finding

A program aimed at reestablishing family connections between children in foster care and their relatives. Based on a national model, Family Finding provides strategies to find and engage relatives of children living in foster care. Every child has a family and a meaningful connection to family helps a child develop a sense of belonging.

Crossover Youth Model

This model addresses the unique needs of youth who move between the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. “The CYPM infuses into this work values and standards, evidence-based practices, policies and procedures, and quality assurance processes.” - Center for Juvenile Justice and Reform/Georgetown

Our Programs and Services

Our strategies are linked to our mission, vision, and core values, underscoring our dedication to fostering family reconciliation and unity. We deliver services founded on comprehensive research, cultural sensitivity, and empirical data. By embodying our specialized approach and practices, we aim to contribute significantly to the safety, stability, and well-being of the children, youth, and families entrusted to our care.

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Our Team

FAQ

Yes, on July 1, 2024, EmberHope Connections will manage all referrals, placements, and permanency services in Sedgwick County. 

Many children and families will have the same case manager but, in some instances, a new case manager may be assigned. You will receive notification if your case manager assigned is changing before July 1. 

We will have an Ombudsman who can be reached at prandle@emberhope.org .

While many things will stay the same, some things will change based on program design and the use of new evidence-based practice models.

Yes, EmberHope Youthville will remain a separate division of EmberHope, Inc., and EmberHope Connections is the new division that will provide case management services only in Sedgwick County. 

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Join Our Mission

As our initiatives expand, so does our team. At the heart of our mission to enhance connections to faith, culture, and family while promoting emotional health lies a passionate and dedicated staff. We’re currently looking for individuals eager to make a significant impact in various capacities across our organization. This is your opportunity to be part of a team committed to ensuring every child has a nurturing home and that youth receive the support they need for successful transitions. Explore our current open positions and find where you fit in our mission. Make a difference!

CARF International Accreditation

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CARF International accreditation demonstrates a program’s quality, transparency, and commitment to the satisfaction of the persons served. CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. Toll free (888) 281-6531.

EmberHope Youthville is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
Tax ID: 48-0543712

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