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  • 50 Years Strong | 1968-2018

    Building stronger communities

    Our History
  • For Every Child - A Family

    Keeping children safe, nurtured and with a permanent family

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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!

SFC Staff Profile: Pastor Donearl Johnson

Pastor Donearl Johnson Pastor Donearl Johnson learned a lot about trauma and how it affects kids in their development when he worked at Spaulding for Children for 11 years. Pastor Johnson held many positions at Spaulding, including providing all IT support for federal grant projects. He also learned throughout his work about childhood trauma from […]

SFC Staff Profile: Melinda Lis

Melinda Lis, MSW Many who have worked with Melinda Lis, MSW, report she brings together the inquisitive nature and analytical mind of the scientist with the heartfelt compassion and selfless dedication to others of the social worker. Devoted professionally to the welfare of children, Ms. Lis and her husband also have put the approach into […]

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

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