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A Year of Caring


In looking back on 2018, I would like to express thanks to the team at Spaulding for Children and acknowledge what our institution has accomplished in service to children, families and communities in our 50th year.
 
In addition to home-based child abuse prevention, foster care, WWK (Wendy's Wonderful Kids) Recruitment and adoption services and two federal projects, three new program grants illustrate how we have expanded our professional capabilities in pursuing our mission:
 
Hospital Based Adoption Services – Today about 45 percent of pregnancies in the United States are unplanned. Many women and adolescent children possess incomplete or insufficient information about adoption. These women may turn to hospital staff for assistance to better understand their options.  Working in 44 states, Spaulding provides training for hospital-based professionals to help them provide information on adoption to pregnant women.
 
Minority Professional Leadership Development in the Adoption Field – Families of color are disproportionately represented in the foster care system. Yet, there are relatively few racially diverse leaders in the adoption field nationwide. The team at Spaulding is proud to be part of a new program designed to develop leadership competencies and create more opportunities for racially diverse emerging leaders in the field of adoption.
 
National Training Development Curriculum for Foster and Adoptive Parents – When it comes to parenting, knowledge is power. This new program helps equip foster and adoptive parents with information and training needed to develop their parenting skills. Its innovative components include self-assessment, classroom and "right-time" training that can be accessed and utilized from a variety of devices to meet a parenting crisis and challenges as they occur in real time. 
 
Each of these new programs also illustrate Spaulding’s important role in providing vital information that makes a positive impact on the lives of children, parents and families. What’s more, the programs remind us of Spaulding’s most important asset: you and all the people who make up the team at Spaulding for Children. Thanks to you, Spaulding is making a real difference in the lives of people in Michigan, across the United States and in places around the world.
 
– Cristina Peixoto
President and CEO, Spaulding for Children

Holidays Can be Heartwarming and Heartbreaking


How You Can Help Make the Difference


Holidays are associated with family. As such, they can be complicated for children whose primary families are not intact.
 
The holidays can be a stressful time for kids and you may notice changes in behavior. Be aware and look for signs of stress.
 
Younger children will communicate through actions more so than words. You may hear: “I miss my family” – and you may not.
 
Some children may be able to communicate in some way with their primary family – expressing their thoughts through a phone call or during visits with their families. Others may not. 
 
Also, watch to see if they may be overwhelmed by larger gatherings. Newer placements, particularly, may be very sensitive to loud conversation and unexpected attention.
                                                                                           
How you can help:
  1. Ask children about their traditions and try to incorporate them – such as a favorite holiday dish or cookie recipe.
  2. Ask them about the activities they enjoyed at previous holiday celebrations and try to include the child in this year’s activities, as well, such as putting up the tree together or playing a game they or the family enjoys.
  3. Create a new tradition or personalize something your family does this year that acknowledges your newest members. It could be as simple as a personalized ornament - but make sure the child knows this year is special because they are with you.
 
– Kate Pogany
Wendy's Wonderful Kids Adoption Coordinator
 
 
 

Friends We Have Yet to Meet

  
A telephone call from New York City last month reminded us just how important is the work we do at Spaulding. The caller wanted us to know that Spaulding’s critical work is very much appreciated by the students of Hillcrest High School in the borough of Queens. 
 
To underscore the concept that charity begins at home, Ms. Carol Thomas, a government studies teacher at Hillcrest High, tasked her students to find a not-for-profit organization doing work in an area that they would like to support as a class. Searching through the World Wide Web, the students discovered Spaulding.
                                                                                                                                

“As an educator, I have tried to instill in my students the power and value of giving and showing empathy, particularly to those that they have never met,” Ms. Thomas said.

 
After researching not-for-profit organizations serving the nation’s people in need, a team of students prepared a detailed outline of the work Spaulding does to present to the class. Based on the contributions our work and professionals made in the lives of so many families across the nation, the students voted to lend their support to us.
 
Ms. Thomas’ students will present a check representing their class’s contribution to Spaulding on December 19. Ms. Cristina Peixoto, President and CEO of Spaulding for Children, will be there to personally thank the students and Ms. Thomas.
 
It is an honor to be recognized by the students of Hillcrest High School in New York City. It also is a happy reminder to adults everywhere that these young people possess key elements needed to build stronger communities – they care for those who are in need of help and then take action to make a real difference in their lives. 

Project Jumpstart Supports SFC

  
Imagine how thrilled we were last month to be notified that Spaulding for Children was selected as a winner in Uber's new community support program, Project Jumpstart.
 
“It was wonderful to see (Spaulding’s) work recognized by members of the Metro Detroit ridesharing community and nominated for funding through the Uber Jumpstart program, a community initiative designed to ‘jumpstart’ the activities of nonprofit organizations across the region,” Southfield Mayor Kenson J. Siver said.
 
Numerous charities were nominated by Detroit area Uber drivers. Among them is Ken Rice, Spaulding for Children Board Secretary and SFC volunteer. Uber drivers from the Detroit area voted and selected three charities to support. Each of the three organizations selected was awarded $7,500 at Uber's Greenlight Hub in Oak Park.
 
Cristina Peixoto, President and CEO of Spaulding for Children, and Mr. Rice said they were honored to receive the check, along with representatives from SandCastles Grief Support Program and Life Remodeled. It was inspiring to hear how these organizations were serving the people and communities of Southeastern Michigan.
 
Uber Project Jumpstart funds for Spaulding will be used to support youth as they transition into adulthood, including providing young people with services and support needed to promote their independent living skills.
 
QIC Resources for Adoption & Guardianship

 

Decorations and the gift table at SFC Holiday Fiesta for our families. Held Friday, Dec. 6, highlights included hearing the laughter of kids and grown-ups and seeing smiles on so many faces.

Please Remember Our Families at Year End

  

 There are many ways you can help us support the families we serve.
 
When shopping on Amazon, please go to smile.amazon.com and choose Spaulding for Children in Southfield, MI as your charity of choice.
 
If you are looking to make an end of the year donation to a non profit organization, you will receive a tax deduction receipt from Spaulding for Children.
 
You can do it easily online: Click here.

or send your check by Dec. 31, 2018 to:
 
Spaulding for Children
16250 Northland Drive, Suite 120
Southfield, MI  48075
 
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