Spaulding Partners with
The Wellness Plan

Spaulding recently entered into a new collaboration with The Wellness Plan to ensure children entering care have a full medical exam within 72 hours from removal. Previously, an exam could be delayed up to 30 days as new Medicaid numbers were assigned to children in the system. Another benefit of working with The Wellness Plan is the convenience of their pharmacies where medications can be accessed at their sites within 24 hours.

May is Foster Care Month

In Michigan, there are approximately 13,000 children in foster care. At Spaulding, we believe that every child needs a family that will provide for their safety, permanence, and well-being; and we work to help find and support that family.

How to Become a Foster Parent

We often hear people ask "What does it take to foster? and "Who can become a foster parent?" There are many myths and confusion about who makes a great foster parent. Potential parents don’t have to be married. They can already have children or not. We can help you with the skills and competencies needed to be a successful parent. The Number 1 requirement is the willingness to create a lifelong impact on a child's life and Spaulding For Children will support you along the way with training and supportive services. Find out more here:
Learn about becoming a Foster Parent

Please Join us at our
Open House May 21

Our Open House is in celebration of our 50th years as a private, non-profit foster care agency that recruits and licenses foster parents and approves adoptive parents to care for children who have been abused and neglected and are placed in the public Child Welfare system. Please join us at this special event.

At the Open House, we invite you to tour the agency, talk with a professional, and sit in on a workshop. Among workshop presenters is Ms. Jessie Fullenkamp of the Ruth Ellis Center, who will tell us about their work to create a world where LGBTQ youth can be safe and supported in all systems of care. Please read the following article for more information on their important mission.

All family members are welcome at the Open House. In addition to the presentations, we will enjoy refreshments, games and prizes. We also will acknowledge our parents and volunteers with awards in recognition of their service to children and families. 

The Spaulding For Children Open House is Monday, May 21 from 4-7 p.m. at our offices, located at 16250 Northland Drive, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48075.

Please RSVP (with the number of adults and children ) and pre-register for a particular workshop by emailing: or by phoning (248) 443-0300, x 228.
Spaulding For Children May 21 Open House

Workshops include:
  • Importance of Building Resilience
  • Working with and supporting LGBTQ youth

Professional resources include:
  • Education Advocates
  • Healthcare Providers
  • MARE
  • Mental Health Workers

Caring for LGBTQ Youth

LGBTQ youth are more likely to be in foster care. Like all children, they need safe and supportive families. But too many are without homes--any home. In fact, of the 40% youth who are homeless, 5-7% identify as LGBTQ.

They may have left home to avoid/escape abuse or were rejected or not supported by their primary caregivers.

For them, the Ruth Ellis Center has been providing service and support for 18 years. In addition to a host of professional services, they have a 9-bed facility where foster youth can stay as long as they need. While they are safe and cared for there, the goal is that they be placed with a family.

And that's where the challenge comes -- finding supportive foster families for these youth. Many potential foster families may feel unprepared to support LGBTQ youth.

The intersection of Spaulding and Ruth Ellis is an orientation and training curriculum for parents which teaches them how to support LGBTQ youth. It's a great partnership as Spaulding has a vast network of resource parents and expertise in providing training and the Ruth Ellis Center brings LGBTQ content expertise to that curriculum and the voice of LGBTQ youth who have been in foster care. 

In partnership with Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Ruth Ellis Center is also working with Dr. Caitlin Ryan of The Family Acceptance Project as part of the new National Quality Improvement Center (QIC) on Tailored Services designed to produce a dedicated system of successful supports and interventions that specifically support the permanency and stability of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the child welfare system.   

Ruth Ellis is also implementing a new program that provides a year of home-based services for residents of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. The Family Acceptance Project will be detailed at the Spaulding 50th Anniversary Open House on May 21.


1. Human Rights Watch (2001). Hatred in the Hallways: Violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students in U.S. schools. New York: Human Rights Watch

2. Massachusetts Department of Education. (2006). 2005 Massachusetts Youth Risk Behavior Survey results.   Retrieved from http://www. yrbs/05/default.html. 

3. Wilson, B., Cooper, K., Kastanis, A., Nezhad, S. (2014).  Sexual and Gender Minority Youth in Foster care: Assessing Disproportionality and Disparities in Los Angeles. The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law

Looking Ahead to LGBTQ Family Day
Monday, June 4

Be a Game Changer on May 19

Spaulding for Children has entered a team in the Hip-2B-Fit Health Fair Saturday, May 19 and we'd love for you to be a part of it. You can walk or run -- or come cheer us on.  The event is 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Detroit Edison Public School Academy, 1903 Wilkins, Detroit, MI 48207. The walk is from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., registration is at 8:30 a.m.

The Hip-2B-Fit Health Fair will focus on Wellness, Exercise and Disease prevention, along with the importance of Academic Excellence and College planning. Invitation to this event is open to all children and families from the DEPSA School (Pre-K through High School), neighboring schools, and the community (us). 

We hope to get 50 members to join the "Spaulding for Children Game Changers" team. Every team member will receive a team t-shirt.  Sign up today by email and remember to include your T-shirt size.

Learn More About Guardianship

For children in foster care, guardianship is an important option when reunification with birth parents or adoption are determined to be not appropriate for a child. Guardianship is a legal relationship in which a court gives an adult caregiver the authority to care for a child. Guardianship authorizes caregivers, usually a relative or a close family friend, to make the same daily decisions that a parent might make, such as enrolling a child in school or authorizing medical care.

To lean more you can download the Ask About Guardianship Fact Sheet. Click here for details in a PDF document you can download.
Ask About Guardianship Fact Sheet (PDF file for download)

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