Who We are

Spaulding for Children, a private, non-profit, COA accredited child welfare agency, was established in 1968 to find permanent and safe families for children. The organization is comprised of three service entities: the Child and Family Services, the Spaulding Institute for Family and Community Development, and the Academy for Family Support and Preservation.

Spaulding’s Mission

In partnership with families, communities, organizations, states and the nation, Spaulding for Children’s mission is to assure that all children grow up in safe, permanent families and have the help they need to be successful in life.

Get Involved

Anyone can help change a child’s life – foster care, adoption, mentorship, donation. Choose your commitment. Every effort helps – big or small!

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Melinda Lis honored with 2020 National Adoption Excellence Award

Melinda Lis, Vice President of The Academy for Family Support and Preservation at Spaulding, Honored with 2020 National Adoption Excellence Award from The Children’s Bureau Click here for Official Press Release SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Nov. 19, 2020 – The Children’s Bureau at HHS Administration for Children and Families has awarded its 2020 National Adoption Excellence Award […]

“Transracial Adoption and the Black Lives Matter Movement” – Webinar

On August 26, 2020 Spaulding for Children presented a webinar: Transracial Adoption and the Black Lives Matter Movement Webinar Watch the video as our facilitated panel of three Black transracial adoptees shared their experiences and real-talk about how the increased momentum surrounding Black Lives Matters impacts Black and Brown adoptees raised in White families in […]

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Prevention is our number one goal

Getting to the root of the problem is our focus – can we prevent a child from entering the foster care system? The whole community can help prevent child abuse that by knowing how to identify a potential risk and also the protective actions that need to take place.

We concentrate on that awareness, help us spread the word!

Risk Factors

 

Risk Factor 1

Parents’ lack of understanding of children’s needs, child development and parenting skills

Risk Factor 2

Parents’ history of child maltreatment in family of origin

Risk Factor 3

Substance abuse and/or mental health issues including depression in the family

Risk Factor 4

Parental characteristics such as young age, low education, single parenthood, large number of dependent children, and low income

Risk Factor 5

Nonbiological, transient caregivers in the home (e.g., mother’s male partner)

Risk Factor 6

Parental thoughts and emotions that tend to support or justify maltreatment behaviors

Refer a family at risk

If you know or suspect a child or family is at risk, don’t hesitate to refer them and help prevent abuse.

For every child – a family