The IMCOM-Europe Family Advocacy Program is in search of caring individuals who are willing to open their hearts and homes to at-risk military children. These children require a little extra love and attention because their natural parents/guardians are temporarily unable to care for them. The program is designed to provide short-term care for children of families in crisis. It is immensely rewarding to make a difference in a child’s life by offering unconditional love and support during a difficult period of their life. If you are interested in becoming an EPC provider please contact the EPC Coordinator at your local installation.
WHO NEEDS EMERGENCY CARE?
Children requiring emergency placement care can range from infants to teenagers. They share the same basic needs as all children; however, they may require extra attention and care as they cope with the unexpected separation from their family. While most children readily adapt to their new environment, some may become sullen and confused. To remedy this, children in placement will have access to counseling and other supportive services to help them cope with the difficult changes in their lives.
WHO MAY BECOME AN EMERGENCY CARE PROVIDER?
EPC families are currently limited to Families and AD Soldiers and DOD civilians. DOD Civilian is defined as a federal civilian employee of the department of defense directly hired and paid from appropriated and non-appropriated funds, under permanent or temporary appointment. Specifically excluded are contractors and foreign host nationals as well as third country civilians. (JP 1-03.17) (US DoD)Providers must have adequate income to meet the needs of their own family, as well as those of the children placed in their care. Provider’s homes must have adequate space to comfortably accommodate the children. Single parents, working parents, and childless couples are all welcome participants.
WHAT ARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF AN EMERGENCY CARE PROVIDER?
EPC providers are responsible for the day-to-day care of the children. It is expected they take an active interest in the physical needs, emotional well-being and school performance of the children in their care. At the beginning of a placement, if a child does not have all of the basic items of necessity, there are resources available for providers to obtain them.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will I receive compensation as an EPC provider?
Providers are not guaranteed to have regular placements. However, the reimbursement rate for EPC providers is $35 per day, per child. It is also possible to have incidental expenses reimbursed as a result of providing care.
What are the requirements of my home?
1. The home should not present any hazards to the safety of children.
2. A separate bedroom for placed children is not required. However, the home should be comfortable and offer privacy to the child.
3. Each child will be required to have their own bed.
4. Children of the opposite sex cannot share the same bedroom.
5. The home must be located with ready access to schools, medical treatment, recreation, churches and other community resources.
I live in quarters on the economy. Am I eligible to provide EPC?
Yes. Individuals residing on and off-post are eligible to become EPC providers.
I work full-time. Will I need to take time off work if a child is in my care?
How long does it take to become certified?
Will my family be on-call 24/7?
How long is my certification valid?
Does it matter how long I will be living here?
Will the biological parent(s)/legal guardians of the child know who I am?
Can being a provider lead to adoption?
I want to become a provider. What steps do I take?
Contact the Family Advocacy Program. The EPC Coordinator will assist you with the application process including:
Background check documents
Child and home safety training requirements
Home safety inspection
This initial meeting will allow you to ask questions and will provide you with information needed to make an informed decision about becoming an EPC provider.
Please contact your local ACS placement office for an application and complete details.