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Celebrating Our 50th and
Building Community

Mr. Huel Perkins, news anchor for FOX 2 Detroit, addresses the Families in Bloom audience as master of ceremonies. The event marked Spaulding for Children's first 50 years and demonstrated how stronger families build stronger communities. More on the event, including an interview with Ms. Addie D. Williams, Spaulding's President/CEO from 2000-2016, is in this newsletter. You'll also find an important message from CARE House, a profile of Mr. Charles Bragg, and more.

On Our 50th
A Salute to Addie D. Williams, LMSW, JD

As we commemorate 50 years of service to families and children, we would like to thank one remarkable individual who dedicated two decades of her professional career to Spaulding for Children, our President/CEO from 2000-2016, Addie D. Williams. Recently, Ms. Williams described Spaulding's life-changing story.
 
“I worked for the State of Michigan for 11 years, and had the opportunity to know first-hand the caliber of services provided by Spaulding, first as an adoption worker and then as the Adoption Coordinator for Wayne County," Ms. Williams said. 

“In my position as an adoption worker, my caseload consisted of children who were available for adoption, had been referred to private agencies for placement but for whom no placement was found.  These children tended to have more challenges.  When I could not place the children on my caseload, they were referred to Spaulding for Children.

“Spaulding started as an adoption agency that specialized in placing children with developmental disabilities. At the time, the State didn’t think these children could be placed in adoptive families, they were considered un-adoptable.
 
“To convince the State of Michigan that there were families in the community willing to adopt these children, Judy McKenzie, Spaulding’s then-president entered into a unique purchase of service agreement with the State. She said, ‘If we successfully place a child, this is the amount you will pay us; if we don’t successfully place the child, you don’t have to pay us anything.’
 
“That first year, Spaulding placed five children who had been believed to be ‘unadoptable.’”

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A Salute to Addie D. Williams on our 50th

CARE House: Raising Awareness
about Child Abuse and Prevention

 
We’d like to thank our friends at CARE House for their important presentation at Families in Bloom. Their work helped us raise awareness about Child Abuse Prevention and gives us great hope for the future.
 
People in Oakland County may have seen signs of the good work done by CARE House, as well. During April – National Child Abuse Prevention Month, CARE House planted a record number of pinwheel gardens throughout Oakland County.
 
Spinning and whirling in the breeze outside the CARE House building, the blue and silver pinwheels remind people of the carefree, happy lives all children deserve to have.
 
The pinwheels also remind us of the reality children face – that tens of thousands of kids in our very own community will be sexually or physically abused before they turn 18.
 
Pinwheel gardens help organizations like CARE House spark public interest and spread the word about child abuse prevention education, which in turn allows them to teach everyone what they can do each day to keep children safe. 
 
The team at CARE House reached out to the community to see if they would help spread that message. They had no idea how tremendous the response would be. Schools, businesses, community organizations, and private individuals throughout Oakland County stepped up to show their support for child abuse prevention this April. Together, they planted over 500 pinwheel gardens and displays about child abuse prevention education.
 
Click here or on the button below to learn more about how CARE House works to prevent child abuse.  
 
CARE House - PCA

Celebrating 50 Years of Service
Families & Communities 'In Bloom' Together



From the left, David Barfield, President and CEO of Bartech and son of John and Betty Barfield; Mike Lucci, former Linebacker of the Detroit Lions; Cristina Peixoto, President/CEO of Spaulding for Children; and Jodi Daniels, daughter of Bob and Marjorie Daniels share a moment together at Families in Bloom. Ms. Daniels accepted the inaugural Robert and Marjorie Daniels Lighthouse Award on behalf of her parents' and family's work in support of Spaulding. Mr. Lucci accepted the inaugural Mike Lucci Ambassador Award for his work on behalf of agency. Mr. Barfield accepted the inaugural John and Betty Barfield Angel Award on behalf of his parents' and family's work in support of Spaulding.
Spaulding Board Member and Wendy’s Franchise Owner, Edward Liversidge accepted the Dave Thomas Spirit of Adoption Award on behalf of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.  Mr. Thomas dedicated his life to helping children get adopted. Spaulding continues to work with his foundation, supported by Wendy’s franchisees.
Several Spaulding for Children scholarship recipients (pictured with Mike and Cristina) presented the Mike Lucci Ambassador Award to the Detroit Lions legend. Mr. Lucci founded a charity golf tournament to support Spaulding and even more behind the scenes to help the children Spaulding serves.
David Barfield, Huel Perkins, and Board Member Ian Grant share a smile after the Families in Bloom awards program. Held April 27 at St. John Banquet & Conference Center in Southfield to commemorate Spaulding's 50th anniversary, the event also served to show how "Stronger Families Build Stronger Communities." 

Participating organizations included Richard Bell and Kids First Initiative, The Wellness PlanCARE House of Oakland CountyAnnette & Company School of Dance, authors Theresa Baker and LaTashia M. PerryAscension Providence Hospital, the Southfield Public Library, Southfield Parks & Recreation Department, the Southfield Fire Department, the Southfield Police DepartmentRoary the Detroit Lions mascot, and more individuals and organizations.

The Honorable Kenson J. Siver, Mayor of the City of Southfield, officially designated Saturday, April 27, 2019 as “Spaulding for Children Day” in recognition of Spaulding for Children’s 50 years as a not-for-profit organization in service to adopted and foster children. Michigan State Representative Kyra Bolden, 35th House Districtm delivered a proclamation of recognition in-person, on behalf of herself and Michigan State Senator Jeremy Moss, 11th Senate District. Spaulding also received Certificates of Recognition from United States Senator Debbie Stabenow, and Members of the United States House of Representatives, the Honorable Andy Levin of the 9th District and the Honorable Rashida Tlaib of the 13th District.

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Photos from Families in Bloom

SFC Staff Profile
Charles Bragg shares the best part of his work

  
As Spaulding for Children’s Foster Care Aid, Charles Bragg gets people where they need to be, physically. And he makes sure the children and families Spaulding serves get what they need in every way that he can.
 
Mr. Bragg assists everyone at Spaulding, from the president to the staff and especially to the children and families. He takes children to appointments with doctors and dentists, visits to specialists in Spaulding offices, and wherever else they need to be.
 
Mr. Bragg started as a temporary worker assigned to Spaulding. What started as a six month engagement would turn into an invitation to return when a full-time position opened. In his 11 years with Spaulding, he has met parents and children who have experienced a lot of pressures.
 
“Some of these kids have been through so much,” Mr. Bragg said. “They might not believe it, but we are all here to help. Even if they have to be removed from their home, we then do all we can to help them return home.”

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Charles Bragg and what he enjoys most at work

May is National Foster Care Month

 
Like pages flipping from a wall calendar in a classic Hollywood movie, time really does fly. And while May, National Foster Care Month, is almost over, the need for foster families is a year-round concern.
 
As of April, 2019 the Detroit News reported there are 13,574 children under the age of 18 in foster cares in Michigan. Breaking down the numbers by local counties: 3,297 young people in Wayne; 698 youngsters in Oakland; and 613 kids in Macomb await placement in a foster home.
 
Yet, in those three counties, there are only 600 foster homes in total. That's why we talk about fostering 365 days a year. And we want to remind everyone that we all can play a big role in changing the lives of children and youth in foster cares. To help change the future for children awaiting foster families, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has resources and information that is invaluable year-round.
 
Click here or on the button below for details.
 
Foster Care

Might Yours be a Foster Family?

It’s not hypothetical. Wondering if your family could be a foster family is a question based in real life.
 
Find out if fostering works for you and your family. Please contact us (248) 443-0300 and we will send you a Welcome Packet that contains:
 
  1. Spaulding’s history;
  2. Foster care & adoption informational pamphlets;
  3. Information regarding the types of services Spaulding provides;
  4. 10 Good Reasons Why You Should Become a Spaulding for Children Parent;
  5. The Steps to Become a Foster/Adoptive Resource Family;
  6. Orientation Registration Form.
 
After looking over the information, you are invited to come to a live orientation to learn more in-person. The next sessions of Why You Should Become a Spaulding for Children Family will be held on Wednesday, June 12 at 6 p.m. and Thursday, June 20 at 9:30 a.m. in our offices in Southfield.
 

Ask QIC-AG: 'About Guardianship...'

 

The QIC-AG “Ask About” Series offers practical resources about adoption and guardianship that are perfect for sharing with professionals who serve today’s families.
 
The QIC-AG has developed fact sheets and companion videos about adoption tailored for teachers and pediatric health care providers. These resources are designed to raise awareness about the unique needs of children who have been adopted, and to provide concrete tips on how professionals can effectively work with these children. They can also be used by adoptive parents as tools for engaging their child’s teachers or health care providers.
 
The “Ask About Guardianship” fact sheet is designed to help social service professionals to better serve guardianship families by providing insight into the dynamics of the family’s permanent relationships, factors that influenced decision-making in choosing the guardianship option, and how those decisions might affect the family’s current situation.
 
Click here for a PDF Guide “What Social Service Professionals Need to Know to Support Guardianship Families.”
 
Please visit the QIC-AG to learn more about ensuring supports are available to families who adopt children privately (domestic or intercountry) Click here or on the button below to see all messages.
 
QIC-AG Ensure Supports


Change a child's life, become a foster parent!


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