September News and Updates

September News and Updates

In Michigan about 53,000 children are being raised by kinship caregivers – defined as relatives or others who are close to the youth and their families. That includes about 4,100 children in foster care and approximately 49,000 other children who are raised in kinship families.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer proclaimed September to be Kinship / Foster Care Month in the State of Michigan to recognize the important contributions of kinship and foster care families.

Learn more about it and other interesting stories in our monthly newsletter update.

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Spaulding for Children Newsletter August 2022

August News and Updates

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2022 Resource Fair

Please join us Saturday, Aug. 20 at Spaulding for Children’s 2nd Annual Resource Fair. Produced in partnership with Detroit PAL, the Resource Fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Corner Ballpark, site of the old Tigers Stadium, located at 1680 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, 48216.

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Spaulding for Children July News and Updates

July News and Updates

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Melissa Jenovai, LMSW, Named New President/CEO

The Board of Directors of Spaulding for the Children has announced Melissa S. Jenovai, LMSW, will serve as the next President and CEO of Michigan’s first child welfare agency to specialize in placing children with special needs into adoptive homes.

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June News and Updates

New Officers Announced for Spaulding Board, June is Reunification Month, and more…

New Officers Announced for Spaulding Board. Learn more about it and other interesting stories in our monthly newsletter update.

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Golf for a Good Cause: The Spaulding Scramble

Let’s get back on the links!

Spaulding has a history of successful golf outings. For 2022 we are proud to present our newest scramble at Farmington Hills Golf Club. We have a wonderful day planned and hope you will join us for golf and fun as we raise money to continue our work as a national leader in foster care and adoption, developing and providing parenting support, resources and training.

What’s it Fore? Kids Who Deserve a Safe and Permanent Home and Well-Prepared Parents

Funds raised support ongoing services to assure that all children grow up in safe, permanent families and have the help they need to be successful in life.

Did you know that in 2021 Spaulding:

  • Between grant projects and CFS program, we served 2,860 clients and family members – 85% parents and 15% children;
  • We supported implementation of the NTDC training curriculum to 2,238 participants in seven states and 1 tribe;
  • Through the QIC-AG project, we provided adoption support and preservation capacity building services to 12 states;
  • Through the H-BASS project, we provided adoption awareness training to 163 health care professionals in 43 states;
  • We provided foster care, adoption and prevention services to 432 children and 190 families;
  • We were awarded two federal grants;
  • We hosted three drive-thru children and family events;
  • We were supported by 184 donors

Spaulding Scramble Corporate Sponsorship opportunities range from $1000 to $10,000

A complete list of all sponsorship levels is available at

Golf Fees Foursomes: $600 ($150 per golfer)

All players will enjoy breakfast, lunch on the turn and a dinner buffet

Scramble includes an Auction and Prizes such as Longest Drive and Closet to the Pin.


For more Information and to Register for a Sponsorship or a spot in the Spaulding Scramble at

Spaulding Scramble

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Celebrate Black History Month in Detroit

Celebrate Black History Month in Detroit

Live and Virtual Destinations and Events


Charles Wright Museum

And Still We Rise: From the tragedy of the Middle Passage to the heroism of the Civil Rights Movement and beyond, And Still We Rise offers a comprehensive look at the history of African American resilience.

Exhibits of Note:

Tuskegee Airman: The Tuskegee Airmen National Museum is housed in the Coleman A. Young Gallery, which is named after Detroit’s first Black mayor who was a second lieutenant, bombardier, and navigator in the Tuskegee Airmen. Honoring the legacy and achievements of the nation’s first All-Black air fighter squadron.

New exhibition King Tutankhamun: “Wonderful Things” from Pharaoh’s Tomb until August 22, 2022. The year 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the tomb of the boy Pharaoh (King), Tutankhamun.


Detroit Institute of Arts

Exhibits of note:

The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion

Shirley Woodson: Shield of the Nile Reflections

And check out the education resources by grade before you visit


The Henry Ford

Exhibits of note:

Rosa Parks’ Bus

Lincoln Chair from the Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC when he was assassinated on April 14, 1865.


Gateway to Freedom Sculpture in Detroit

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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.

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