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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 cpeixoto@spaulding.org.
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

Spaulding for Children - “FAMILIES FOREVER” FUNDRAISER

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.

Celebrating National Adoption Month – November 2016



3:00 p.m. – Concert

4:30 p.m. – Reception

Community Story Concerts for a Cause is a new concept that integrates the power of the arts with the needs of community organizations to promote important causes.  Specifically, this project is a collaboration among Spaulding for Children, David and Ann Strubler (The Tapestry), musicians from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the DSO Youth Orchestra, Detroit Public Television, private donors and community entities.  Our goal is to educate an atypical segment of the population-classical music enthusiasts, about the numbers and types of children waiting for adoptive homes and create awareness of the need for adoptive parents.

The community story concerts will feature an adoptee documentary,

The Tapestry: A Musician’s Journey.

Click play to view the teaser video:

Here are two ways you can experience this wonderful event and help support the children Spaulding for Children serves.

  1. Attend the networking reception following the concert. We invite you to come mingle with others, enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres, good music and to learn more about Spaulding, our mission and how you can play a vital part. Cost $50 per person which includes your admission to the concert. To make a reservation for the reception or for more information, contact Cheryl Gist at 248-443-0300 Ext. 274.
  2. Purchase concert tickets, $25 per individual adult ticket, $15 per adult ticket for groups of ten or more and Troy Chamber of Commerce members, and $10 for students. Click on the link below to go to the DSO box office at http://www.dso.org/ShowEventsView.aspx?id=3455&prod=3454

To receive discounts, you must call the DSO Box Office at (313) 576-5111.


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Social Work Month 2016 Proclamation


WHEREAS, the primary mission of the Social Work profession is to enhance well-being and help meet the basic needs of all people, especially the most vulnerable in society;

WHEREAS, Social Work is one of the fastest growing careers in the United States with more than 640,000 members of the profession;

WHEREAS Social Workers work in all areas of our society to improve happiness, health and prosperity, including in government, schools, universities, social service agencies, communities, the military and mental health and health care facilities;

WHEREAS, Social Workers daily embody this year’s Social Work Month theme, “Forging Solutions Out of Challenges,” by helping individuals, communities and the larger society tackle and solve issues that confront them;

WHEREAS, Social Workers have helped this nation live up to its ideals by successfully pushing for equal rights for all, including women, African Americans, Latinos, people who are LGBTQ and various ethnic, cultural and religious groups;

WHEREAS, Social Workers have helped people in this nation overcome racial strife and economic and health care uncertainty by successfully advocating for initiatives such as Medicaid, unemployment insurance, workplace safety, Social Security benefits, the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, and the Affordable Care Act;

WHEREAS, Social Workers are the largest group of mental health care providers in the United States and daily work to help people overcome depression, anxiety, substance abuse and other disorders so they can lead more fulfilling lives;

WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs employs more than 12,000 professional Social Workers and Social Workers help bolster our nation’s security by providing support to active duty military personnel, veterans and their families;

WHEREAS, thousands of child, family and school Social Workers across the country provide assistance to protect children and improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families;

WHEREAS, Social Workers help children find loving homes and create new families through adoption;

WHEREAS, Social Workers in schools work with families and schools to foster future generations by ensuring students reach their full academic and personal potential;

WHEREAS, Social Workers work with older adults and their families to improve their quality of life and ability to live independently as long as possible and get access to quality mental health and health care;

WHEREAS, Social Workers have helped the United States and other nations overcome earthquakes, floods, wars and other disasters by helping survivors get services such as food, shelter and health care and mental health care to address stress and anxiety;

NOW THEREFORE, in recognition of the numerous contributions made by America’s Social Workers , I, Addie Williams, proclaim the month of March 2016 as National Social Work Month and call upon all citizens to join with the National Association of Social Workers and Spaulding for Children in celebration and support of the Social Work Profession.


A Place Called Home: Meet basketball fan Eddie

There are thousands of foster children in Michigan are looking for a forever family.

FOX 2 wants you to meet a young man who is just looking for a place to call home.

Every palace needs a prince, including the Palace of Auburn Hills. So one special boy put on his baseball gear and became prince of the Palace.