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

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

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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Join us! Hip-2B-Fit Community Event

Join us for a community-wide event on May 19, 2018. This free event will focus on health, wellness, exercise, and disease prevention, along with the importance of academic excellence and college planning.

3K Walk/Run

The walk/run will begin at 9:00am. The first 15 to finish the walk will receive a medal and the first 15 to finish the run will receive a medal.

Other Activities

  • Giant Slide & Train Ride
  • College Readiness Booth
  • Neighborhood Senior Services
  • Smile Dental Program
  • Institute For Population Health
  • Spaulding for Children
  • Dental Exams, Cleaning, Sealants, X-Ray, Fluoride (children under 18)
  • HFHS Mobile Medical Unit
  • Karate/ Gymnastics Demos
  • Comfort Cafe Food Truck
  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • Face Painting
  • St Johns Hospital

View a downloadable PDF flyer

SPAULDING FOR CHILDREN RECEIVES A 5-YEAR 9 MILLION GRANT From The Administration for Children & Families

Detroit, Michigan, January 10, 2018– Spaulding for Children, in partnership with the Child Trauma Academy, The Center for Adoption Support and Education; the North American Council on Adoptable Children; National Council for Adoption and University of Washington will develop a state-of-the-art national training program that prepares and provides on-going development for foster and adoptive parents so that they have the skills and tools needed to effectively parent children who have been exposed to trauma. In collaboration with the partner agencies, Spaulding, will develop and infuse the curriculum in 6-8 pilot sites and then assist states, counties, tribes and territories across the nation to implement the training program.

This innovative training program will use technology to promote interactional learning and assess mastery of competencies, provide on-going training which parents can easily access through an app or web based platform to continue their skill building, and allow flexibility so that participants can guide their own learning.

“There are almost 430,000 children in foster care nationwide – most of these children have endured traumatic experiences of abuse and neglect. Traumatic experiences have negative impact on children’s normal development and foster and/or adoptive families play a vital role in the healing of these children. They need families that are equipped to respond to their complex needs and help them overcome their history of abuse and neglect.” –  Cristina Peixoto, President/CEO, Spaulding for Children

The development of a comprehensive training program that not only prepares families to foster and/or adopt children who have experienced trauma but also provides on-going opportunities for families to enhance their skills is critical in preparing families to care for children who have been removed from their parent’s homes.

 “Through effective training, foster and adoptive parents can be empowered and better serve children who have experienced abuse, neglect and/or trauma.  To care for our children of today, foster and adopt parents need to learn of the children’s hardships. We can’t help them through their journey if we don’t understand their problems.  Pre-service training helps me every day, without this service I may not have been able to be successfully see 6 young men complete high school.” – Elaine Taylor, Foster/Adopt Parent, Spaulding for Children

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If you would like more information about this grant, please contact Cristina Peixoto at 248-443-0306 or
16250 Northland Drive, Southfield, MI 48075, M-F, 9am-5pm

Click here to download the: Press Release



Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Program Video

“I’m already 17 – I need a family or I’m gonna lose out on life” – Stephen, adopted one day before his 18th birthday.

Everyone needs a sense of belonging and you can be the difference in the life of a foster youth. Meet some of the WWK program foster youth and learn why they want to have a forever family.


We invite you to join us as we celebrate National Adoption Month:  Friday, November 3rd, 2017 – 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Click here for additional details: Families Forever – FUNDRAISER

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Visitation Rooms Upgrades

Spaulding for Children recently updated all six visit rooms and the team meeting room. All of the updates were paid for by generous donations made to the agency. As a result we were able to secure all new furniture, toys and decorations. Additionally, all room designs were donated through the use of a local interior designer, Ryan French, of the Bloomfield MI company Property Lovers. One room in particular is being dedicated to the East Detroit Eagles Women’s Auxiliary 2495 for their monetary contribution and their ongoing support to our children and families throughout the year. There are before and after pictures of the amazing transformation of some of our visit rooms. Finishing touches are pending while the paint thoroughly dries, but the families have already begun to enjoy the new furniture and toys!

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Change in Leadership – January 3, 2017

Addie D. Williams Retires as Spaulding’s President & CEO

More than 1,000 children adopted under Williams’ leadership

AddieDWilliamsSOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Addie D. Williams, President and CEO of Spaulding for Children retired from Michigan’s first child welfare agency to specialize in placing children with disabilities into adoptive homes. Cristina Peixoto, the organization’s former Vice President of Child and Family Services was chosen to take William’s place beginning on January 3, 2017.

“Although I will be retiring from Spaulding, I will not be retiring from child welfare advocacy. I will continue practicing law, serving on a few boards of directors as well as serving as an adjunct professor at Wayne State University. My years at Spaulding have been some of my most rewarding, I have had the experience of working with the best; the Agency’s resource families, Board and staff are amazing. I have witnessed the joy a family brings and rejoiced at the accomplishments of our youth. I will be gone but Spaulding’s place in my heart will not be forgotten,” said Williams.

Williams got her start in the industry while working as an elementary teacher in the city of Detroit; a school principal told her that social workers, not teachers, were responsible for getting involved in the welfare of students’ lives. This led Williams to go back to school to earn her Master of Social Work and later, a Juris Doctorate so she could effectively advocate for children.

Under William’s leadership, there have been more than 1,000 adoptions and 500-plus permanencies for the children Spaulding served. Additionally, more than 135-thousand professionals were trained in the Spaulding method of facilitating permanency.

“I am honored to follow in Addie’s footsteps and most inspired by the legacy andCristinaPeixoto_Web strong foundation she created for Spaulding,” said Peixoto. “Addie’s contribution to improve the lives of children in the child welfare system is well recognized across the nation. Her contributions will continue to help shape future public policies and improve the outcome for children who have been abused and neglected.”

Peixoto started her career in children services in 1991. She served as the Director of Child Welfare Services at Catholic Social Services of Oakland County/St. Francis Center from 2003 until 2010 before joining Spaulding as Vice President of Child and Family Services later that year.