ADECA Grant awarded for EFK Training

May 16, 2019

Extended Family has been awarded an ADECA-LETS Grant in the amount of $25,000. These funds will be used to lead new Extended Family for Kids Program Leader Trainings in Calhoun County, Jefferson County, Gadsden City Schools, and Attalla City Schools.

"With this ADECA-LETS Grant, we will train 75 school counselors in how to start and lead Extended Family for Kids Programs in their schools," said Laure Clemons, Executive Director, Extended Family. "Our dream has always been to get Extended Family for Kids into every Alabama School, so children of the incarcerated across our State can get the help they need. The ADECA-LETS Grant gets us one step closer to that goal."

During the all day EFK Program Leader Training, school counselors receive hands-on, interactive instruction in all nine lessons of Extended Family for Kids. Counselors and school administrators learn how to identify students in their schools who have a loved one incarcerated, as well as best practices for obtaining guardian permissions.

Every EFK Trainee receives the Extended Family for Kids Curriculum Guide, which contains all that is needed to start and lead an EFK Program Group.  All that is needed is the EFK Curriculum Guide, basic school supplies, and a Trained EFK Program Leader to make a significant impact on children of the incarcerated

"We have seen Extended Family for Kids making a difference in the lives of students across Cherokee County, and we are excited to see EFK expand through the EFK Leader Training," Clemons said.  

To learn more about Extended Family for Kids Workshops, visit the For Kids page, call 256-927-3038, or e-mail

This project was supported by Subgrant #18-DJ-ST-003 awarded by the Law Enforcement/Traffic Safety Division of ADECA and the U.S. Department of Justice.