Entries by Cheryl Gist

Guardian vs. Foster Parents

A legal guardian can make decisions on behalf of the child, but the child maintains a legal connection with his or her birth parents. Guardians can be permanent, temporary, or limited. Guardians often are family members. The legal relationship established by a juvenile court guardianship ends when the child turns 18 and is considered an adult. […]

AdoptUSKids Leadership Program Seeks Applicants

Minority Professional Leadership Development (MPLD) program at AdoptUSKids is now accepting leadership program applications! The Minority Professional Leadership Development (MPLD) program at AdoptUSKids is an eight-month fellowship designed for emerging leaders working in child welfare. It includes hands-on experience, exposure to national experts, and mentorship opportunities. The program will begin with a three-day kick-off celebration […]

Start the School Year Off Right For Your Student

Set up a schedule for studying, sports and other extra circular activities – then, stick to it. It’s best to create a quiet study area for homework. The study space could be a certain chair at the dining room table where each night after meal time it gets cleared and becomes a study space. The […]

Understanding the World of a Child

A Profile of Ms. Nyiemah Twyman, BA A specialist in adoption and foster care at Spaulding for Children, Nyiemah Twyman personally knows what life is like for the children on her caseload. When she was younger, Ms. Twyman had been in foster care. That life experience helped drive Ms. Twyman to do all she can […]

Looking Back at 50 Years

In honor of our 50th Anniversary, we want to remember what makes Spaulding unique: Spaulding’s commitment to those children that were often left uncared for – including children with disabilities.   In 1978 Spaulding hired experts in the field of developmental disabilities and concentrated on adoption for this population. Spaulding then worked with the State […]