Entries by Spaulding For Children

June Is Reunification Month

When a catastrophe happens, when a child is forced to be removed from his or her home, the State turns to agencies like Spaulding to temporarily take care of the safety and well-being of that child. From the moment a child walks in to our care, our main goal is to reunify the child and […]

Love Continues After Reunification

Her kids call Ms. Allen, “Aunty Mary.” She has adopted four and fostered more than 30 children through the years, including two teen girls who were reunited with their father. Ms. Allen works side by side with birth parents – but always on the kids’ side – doing what is in their best interest. Yet, […]

How Our Families Are Dealing with COVID-19 Challenges

We asked our families: “How are you doing?” Here are a some of their stories about challenges and resilience during the national emergency wrought by coronavirus/COVID-19. Mary Harvey, with school aged kids, took in a child who needed replacement during this time. Jolika Welbourne is waiting patiently to finalize an adoption as courts remain closed. Julie McKelvey is […]

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 […]

SFC Staff Profile: Veronica Crawford

Veronica Crawford, Licensing Specialist Since 2003, Veronica Crawford has devoted her professional career to the welfare of children. She started her work with Spaulding in 2008 as a foster care worker. “After my first interview at Spaulding, I knew it was the agency for me,” Ms. Crawford said. “I felt the warmth and a genuine […]

Graduation for All Her Kids

June is Graduation month. Like all parents of new diplomates, Sonja Halton holds great pride as she watches another of “her kids” graduate from high school. What’s more, William, her adopted son, was the 13th foster child in her care to do so. That amazing feat is not easy to accomplish. Sonja’s kids have beaten the odds, as […]

Why We Oppose the Aderholt Amendment

A measure recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Aderholt Amendment will harm the 118,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted. If adopted, the law would allow service providers to turn away qualified adoptive and foster care parents based on religion, marital status, sexual orientation and gender identity limits the number of permanent homes […]