Holiday Angel in Lights

Holiday Fun Guide

The holidays are here. From train rides and visits with Santa to the lights and happenings at a number of our cultural institutions, here are some ideas for holiday fun for kids, grown-ups and the entire family.

Please remember to call ahead to make certain the activity will be held when you plan to go, double-check hours of operation, and confirm other details you need to know before you go.

Trains

via Metro Parent

Lights

via Metro Parent

7 Best Light Shows to see in Metro Detroit

Santa

via Metro Parent

The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation & Greenfield Village

Holiday Nights and Polar Express

https://www.thehenryford.org/

 

Kwanzaa at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

https://www.thewright.org/events/kwanzaa-wright-0

 

Detroit Zoo Wild Nights

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

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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.

UPCOMING CHILDRENS’ BOOK SELECTION

OCTOBER 2021:

  • The Monster at the End of this Book
  • The Star People: A Lakota Story
  • Pumpkin Jack
  • Ten Timid Ghosts
  • It’s Halloween, Little Monster

NOVEMBER 2021: Read more

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 soakes@spaulding.org 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 cgist@spaulding.org.

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

Ivana Maplanka

Meet Oakland County DHHS Director and MALDI Grad

In addition to serving children and families, the team at Spaulding is proud of our work to develop the professional capabilities and leadership skills of talented men and women.

This work includes initiatives to strengthen the representation of minority professionals working in the child welfare system across the country.

Ivana Maplanka credits one pioneering program, the Minority Adoption Leadership Development Institute (MALDI), a program led by Spaulding and funded by the Children’s Bureau, with helping her discover and develop her professional interests and competence. Today, she advances the interests of children and families as the Acting Director of the Department of Health and Human Services in Oakland County, Michigan.

Years ago, Ms. Maplanka was recommended for the MALDI program by a District Manager in her office at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

Then a Supervisor with Child Protective Services, Ms. Maplanka was not sure the program with its focus on foster care and adoption was the right fit. As an investigator, she had gained extensive experience with foster parents and childcare institutions and, later, with adoptive families.

Ms. Maplanka attended the first MALDI meeting in Detroit and was excited by all the talent in the cohort. She knew that she had much to learn about the work and wondered what she might contribute. In answer, the team at MALDI showed her how she could make a difference. A distinctive and invaluable aspect of the program is the mentor each member receives.

While Ivana and her MALDI mentor then worked in the same department, Ivana had not previously worked closely with her at MDHHS. Through this experience, Ms. Maplanka not only gained great insight in the area of adoption, but established a great mentoring relationship that continues to this day. In addition to providing information and guidance, MALDI mentors were important for helping participants determine the focus of the yearlong program. The program’s other resources included consultants and advisors who each generously shared their knowledge and suggestions.

“I will always remember the support I received in the MALDI program,” Ms. Maplanka said. “With guidance from my mentor, and the support from MALDI, I was able to determine my focus for my project. As a worker in the child welfare system, I had not realized before the program how many decisions were made without the full realization of the impact on all programs. So, I took on the exploration of adoption through the Child Protective Services’ lens. I learned to ask what could have been done differently when a family came in contact with CPS.”

Ms. Maplanka incorporated the concept of the continuity of care into her MALDI project and ultimately into her professional career. With her research, she now sees the child welfare system through a different lens.

“Every professional in the system needs to understand their role and how it affects all other programs,” Ms. Maplanka said.

Following the program, Ivana’s career path continued to expand with new opportunities from Supervisor to Section Manager, District Manager and now Acting Director.

“I believe that because of the MALDI program and what I learned and the connections I made, I have greater insight into the field I work in,” Ms. Maplanka said. “The experience I gained through the MALDI program has put me on a different level in understanding the Child Welfare System.”

When asked what she would say to professionals considering the program, Ms. Maplanka replied: “It’s a lot of work, but it’s all purposeful. It helps us to always look for ways we can find meaning and improve how we can make a true difference in child welfare.”


The MALDI program has evolved into the current Minority Professional Leadership Development (MPLD) program. Learn more, including opportunities to join the coming cohort, below.


Minorities in Child Welfare Wanted for Leadership Development

Currently, the Minority Professional Leadership Development (MPLD) program is led by Spaulding and administered by the Adoption Exchange Association (AEA) as one of the components of the multifaceted AdoptUSKids project funded by the Children’s Bureau. As with MALDI, the MPLD program was established to develop the professional leadership skills of men and women working to make positive change through service in the child welfare system. Both programs have made major impacts in the child welfare system through the work and contributions of their professional alumni.

You and other professionals in the child welfare fields can develop new leadership skills, expand your professional network and gain transformative insights that MALDI and MPLD graduates have experienced when you sign up for the next cohort.

Please enroll by June 7. To do so, please click here.

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