EFK Programs spreading across Alabama

May 5, 2020

In 2019, Extended Family led five Extended Family for Kids Leader Training Workshops across Alabama. The impact of that Training is now being felt by students in northeast and central Alabama.

EFK Trainings were held in Calhoun, Etowah, Jefferson, and Morgan Counties. A total of 123 school personnel and community service providers were Trained to start and lead Extended Family for Kids.

In November 2019, 86 of the 123 Trainees responded to a Google Survey conducted by Extended Family. Of those responding:

  • 19% said they had started Extended Family for Kids in their school
  • 40% said they planned to start Extended Family for Kids within 6 months
  • 30% said they planned to start Extended Family for Kids within 12 months
  • 11% said they did not plan to start Extended Family for Kids
Extended Family Executive Director Laure Clemons notes these results highlight the impact of the Extended Family for Kids Leader Training.

“We are extremely pleased with these survey results, because it shows that a whopping 89% of those responding have either started or plan to start EFK in their schools,” Clemons said.

Clemons added, “We know the EFK Training itself has a 98% approval rating immediately following Training. But the real goal is to have Trainees start EFK in their own community. This survey showed that is happening, and children of the incarcerated are going to get what they need to be successful.”

Of the 11% who responded they did not plan to start EFK, many of those are school administrators, not school counselors. Clemons explained that principals and administrators attend the EFK Training to support their counselors and understand all the Extended Family for Kids Program covers. But they are not always able to start an EFK Program themselves, since they are in an administrative role.

In 2020, Extended Family plans to train 100 more school counselors through an ADECA-LETS grant.

“Our goal is to train every school counselor in Alabama,” Clemons said. “We want to make sure every student with a loved one incarcerated has access to Extended Family for Kids.”