Spaulding Receives Two New 5-Year Federal Grants: QIC-EY and Kinder-Cares

Spaulding for Children and partner agencies receive $20 million federal grant to establish new national improvement center that engages and empowers youth in foster care to take an active role in finding permanency.

Read Full QIC-EY Press Release


Spaulding for Children and partner agencies receive $2.5 million federal grant to implement new program to help kinship caregivers and foster parents provide best practices for children in foster care.

Read Full Kinder-Cares Press Release

StoryTime with Miss Katie

Katie Ward started reading books on Monday nights when COVID set in last year to connect with the families she could not visit. She later moved “StoryTime with Miss Katie” to Sunday nights to accommodate the school year.

Miss Katie selects books to read, which range from popular favorites to laugh-out-loud stories to touching life lessons. Books include holiday classics, as well as works that touch on issues our children and families face, such as anxiety, isolation and the challenges of being unique.  Katie often is joined in her readings by her young son and daughter.   Join Miss Katie on Spaulding for Children’s Facebook page every Sunday 7:00 p.m. for a live reading.




  • I Am Harriet Tubman
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
  • A Dragon with ADHD
  • Scribble Stones

MARCH 2022:

  • Patrick Picklebottom and the Penny Book
  • Find Your Calm
  • My Name Is Stardust
  • Oliver West It’s Time to Get Dressed

APRIL 2022:

  • The Missing Piece
  • Zack Naturally
  • Sparkerella
  • What if Everybody Did That?

MAY 2022:

  • Eyes that Kiss in the Corner
  • My Brave Little Girl
  • Fitzy Needs a Family
  • The Name Jar
  • When You Are Away

JUNE 2022:

  • Different Is Not bad
  • Sticks
  • Juneteenth
  • Hand to Hold

JULY 2022:

  • Deojis Traveling Bandana Band
  • The Girl with the Magic Ponytails
  • Mistakes Are How I Learn
  • Dear Girl

AUGUST 2022:

  • A Little Spot of Frustration
  • Dragons Love Tacos 2
  • Respect: The Best Me That I Can Be
  • The Boy with Big, Big Feelings


  • The Great Big Book of Families
  • I Choose to Speak Up
  • Me and My Fear
  • The Bad Seed


  • Tikki Tikki Tembo
  • Waverly the Witch
  • Big Pumpkin
  • The Good, the Bad and the Spooky
  • Berenstain Bears & Too Much Junk Food


  • President Camila
  • The Adventures of the Cousin Crew
  • The Things I’m Grateful For
  • A Family Is a Family Is a Family


  • Our Favorite Day of the Year
  • Never Let a Unicorn Meet a Reindeer
  • Too Many Tamales
  • Elf


Fall Family Fun Guide

Fall is fantastic in Michigan. Beautiful colors. Crisp air. Delicious harvests. Plus tons of great stuff to do for families, children, and even parents — safely, outdoors and indoors.

Here are a few online resources, each with details to lots of great happenings. Please remember to call ahead to make certain the activity will be held when plan to go, double-check hours of operation, and other details you need to confirm before you go.


Cider Mills & Orchards

Fall in Michigan brings the apple harvest. Here are links to six of the great cider mills in metro Detroit:

Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill in Armada

Detroit Farm & Cider in the City of Detroit

Franklin Cider Mills in Franklin

Parmenter’s Cider Mill in Northville

Plymouth Orchards & Cider Mill in Plymouth

Yates Cider Mill in Rochester Hills

For details, please click on their names above to visit their websites.


Metro Parent

Get the scoop on hayrides, haunted houses, corn mazes, cider mills, u-pick orchards, plus book recommendations for young readers. Click here for Metro Parent Fall Fun for Kids in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor guide.


Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

A delicious experience for families from one of the world’s great cultural institutions. Click here for the Fall Flavors Weekend.


Visit Detroit

From the team at the Detroit Regional Chamber, click here for 20 Ways to Celebrate Fall in Detroit.


Midwest Living

A great resource for families from Midwest Living, click here for Top Things to Do with Kids in Detroit.


Little Guide

Lots of great stuff going on from the team at Little Guide – plus info for corn mazes, cider mills, pumpkin patches and fall fun. Click here for fall fun guide.


Travel Mich

Traveling Michigan presents their “Ultimate 2021 Guide of October Michigan Events, Fall Festivals, Music and Best Things to Do in Michigan This Weekend (+Cider Mills, Color Tours, Pumpkin Patches and Haunted Houses!).” Click here for details from Sherry and Chris.


Michigan State Parks

The Department of Natural Resources presents a wonderland of beauty, spread throughout two of the most beautiful peninsulas in the world. Click here for details, maps and more. The photograph above was taken at Tahquamenon Falls State Park, located in Luce County in the eastern UP.

Trunk or Treat 2021

Friday, October 22 from  5:30-7:30 p.m.

Stroll through the decorated trunks.  Dance with the spooky music.  Delight at your take home bag o’ goodies!

Families can enjoy the Halloween season in a safe way at Spaulding for Children – Crossroads Building in the Rear Parking Area
16250 Northland Dr., Southfield, MI  48075

For additional information, or to donate, please email:
Stacey Oakes at or phone: 248-443-0300.
Masks and social distancing required. Costumes encouraged. Rain or Shine.

Trunk or Treat – Flyer

Sponsor a child for the holidays

Time is running out for Spaulding for Children Holiday Gift Donations for Youth in Foster Care. Spaulding is holding our 2nd Annual Foster Youth Holiday Wishlist Drive! Because of our donors last year, we were able to grant the wishlists of over 100 children in our foster care programs. Not only that, we were able to provided Holiday Family Gift Bags to over 50 families! Our community is incredible and and we want to keep this momentum going!

In choosing to sponsor a foster child’s holiday wishlist, you will be provided a child’s wishlist. The goal is to have all donations at the agency by 11/19/2021. This will allow time for the caseworker to arrange to deliver the gifts during the December home visits. We are reaching out again to ask for your help in providing our youth and families in our foster care programs a wonderful holiday season this year.

If you are interested in sponsoring a foster child for the holidays, or providing family gifts, please fill out this Google form to let us know you want to make a donation to make the holidays great for someone in need. 

We are also asking for donations of family activities (i.e – board games, card games, crafting kits, baking kits, movies, etc.) to put together Holiday Family Gift Bags for our families to bond and spend positive time together. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Gist at 248-443-0300 or

Please click here to sign up

RESOURCE FAIR @ The Corner Ballpark

RESOURCE FAIR @ The Corner Ballpark

Free Resources for Children and Families plus Refreshments, Raffle, and Fun!

Services and resources will be available from Detroit PAL, Detroit Equity Coalition’s COVID-19 mobile vaccination clinic, Affirmations LGBTQ+ Community Center, Detroit Fire and Police Departments, Sound Advice Audiology free hearing testing, Kids First Initiative, STEAM activities & much more!

Come join us at The Corner Ballpark (site of Old Tiger Stadium) 1680 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Resource fair flyer

Summer Fun in Metro Detroit dedicated new Webpage

Spaulding for Children just launched a new section on our website dedicated to SUMMER FUN throughout Metro Detroit for 2021.   It’s hosted by Frank Bunker.  

Summer is here and families can’t wait to get outside and have fun. And after the last year, we all need fresh air and family time away from screens. Here are some resources for activities in the Metro area:

Summer Fun 2021

Upcoming Events July-October 2021

Summer Fun Movie Night – Friday, July 9 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
This is a private event for the families we serve. An Ice Cream Cart was donated and will be manned by Mutual of America representatives, Popcorn is donated by Better Made, and All City Dogs food truck will be providing hot dogs, chips, and drink; other food selections will be available to purchase. A movie will be shown at this event. [Needed: Movie Box Candy (300), Raffle Items (i.e. slip & slides, summer outside fun stuff) & Volunteers]

Resource Fair – Saturday, August 21 – 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The resource fair will be a recruitment event. Vendor tables are available for organizations to participate.   It will be held at The Corner Ballpark (site of Old Tiger Stadium) 1680 Michigan Ave, Detroit,   . [Needed: Volunteers]

Trunk-or-Treat – Friday, October 22 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The event will be held in the rear parking lot of the Crossroads Building. Up to 10 Halloween decorated vehicles will be arranged in a pattern with their trunks open providing treats for the families. A movie may be shown at this event. This event provides the families an opportunity to trick-or-treat in a safe and controlled atmosphere. [Needed: Volunteers, Decorated Cars, Items to go into goodie bags]

Upcoming Events July-October 2021

Webinar: Understanding Social Media Tools and Traps: Empowering Families to Navigate the Virtual World


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