ECFA is an evangelical Christian social services agency. We provide many services including adoption, pregnancy counseling and care, family and individual counseling, and intact family services Our highly trained staff is supported by numerous volunteers who contribute many hours to make our success possible.
The Story…How We Began!
The roots of ECFA go back to 1946 when a newborn baby was found in a paper carton inside the door of one of the buildings at the Moody Bible Institute. Because no Evangelical Christian agency was ready to receive the child, she was placed in a nearby orphanage.
Faced with the challenge of providing services to women with unplanned pregnancies and Christian homes for children needing adoption and foster care, a committee of laypersons and pastors gathered to consider the matter. The challenges were considerable: the need for a state license, the sponsorship of a national organization, and a large sum of cash to show financial stability, and a qualified social service worker. Nevertheless, the goals were eventually reached. By June 1950, the agency had accepted fourteen children.
Since those beginnings almost 75 years ago, the agency has grown dramatically. With offices in Illinois and Wisconsin, ECFA serves hundreds of children and families every year. More importantly, the spiritual needs of those children and adult clients are the agency’s primary concern. ECFA staff are not only trained professionals, but also deeply committed Christians. The physical and emotional needs of individuals and families are addressed from a biblical standpoint.
Evangelical Child and Family Agency’s vision is to improve the quality of life for individuals and families and protect and nurture abused, neglected, and dependent children.
The mission of Evangelical Child and Family Agency provides hope and healing to children, adults, and families through compassionate, Christ-centered,quality social services from a biblical perspective.
Our Core Beliefs and Values
We value the right of each child to live in a secure, loving and permanent family environment where his/her emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual needs are fulfilled.
We believe in the effective integration of the Christian faith and professional practice in all agency services.
We value marriage as the covenant relationship between one man and one woman.
We believe that human life, from conception, is to be held sacred, with all of our services being life-affirming in their purpose and impact.
We value excellence in services to all clients, including those who are economically disadvantaged and those from various racial and ethnic backgrounds.
We value cultural sensitivity in our services, and seek cultural diversity among our staff, Board of Directors, Wisconsin Advisory Council, volunteers, and caregivers.
Our Statement of Faith
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible authoritative Word of God.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful men, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
ECFA is licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children, Inc. You can find COA’s Letter of Recommendation. here. ECFA received a rating of 99.5 % in favorably complying with 415 applicable standards on our last re-accreditation. ECFA is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. Click to view ECFA’s latest audit and Annual Report, and here is our DCFS Adoption Annual Report.