Extended Family has Three Goals for our Programs

Extended Family offers two programs for children in Kindergarten through 12th grades.  Extended Family for Kids (EFK) and Extended Leadership Academy (ELA).  EFK is an evidence-based, 9-lesson Curriculum for students of all ages and teaches them how to cope with the daily stresses of having a family member incarcerated, make plans for their future, and make […]

The Need for Extended Family Programs in Every Community in the Nation

  People who work with school-aged children quickly discover that very young people are dealing with some very grown-up problems.  The statistics are staggering – close to six million US children have experienced losing a parent to incarceration at some point in their lives, as reported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a figure which […]

Enrollment is Now Open for Extended Leadership Academy

Students may now register for Extended Leadership Academy (ELA) at every high school in Cherokee County and several high schools in Etowah County.  ELA began in 2018 and is designed for older students who have a family member who is incarcerated and has since been expanded to include students who are experiencing any type of […]

Extended Family Brings Light to Children and Families of the Incarcerated

Extended Family Executive Director Laure Clemons and staff recently led a training for Extended Family for Kids (EFK) Program Leaders and, as is our standard practice, collected surveys from participants to gauge what each thought about the training.  One comment stood out from someone who really grasped the big picture, “Thank you for creating a […]

August 9, 2023 Extended Family is Excited to Have Received a Walmart Giving Grant!

Extended Family is always eager to celebrate our supporters, and we are particularly grateful to Walmart Giving for a grant to help us fund our Extended Family for Kids (EFK) and Extended Leadership Academy (ELA) programs in DeKalb County.  Too many children are living with the repercussions of having a family member who is incarcerated.  […]

August 2, 2023 Extended Family Wants to Meet You!

Extended Family is a community-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization which provides support to families of prisoners with the mission of offering help and inspiring hope.  We fulfill our mission by being available to family members who are facing the daily challenges of having a loved one incarcerated, whether it is the adults who are managing lives […]

July 26, 2023 Alabama Department of Corrections Hosts Extended Family for Kids Program Leader Training

On June 21, Extended Family led Extended Family for Kids (EFK) Program Leader Training forAlabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) employees and community resources workingalongside ADOC. Laure Clemons, Founder and Executive Director of Extended Family,conducted the training, teaching participants to lead the nine-lesson EFK curriculum forchildren who have a loved one who is incarcerated. Once individuals […]