Ready for the Future

What Does It Mean
to Mentor a Foster Child?

“Some people are in the lives of foster kids because they have to - literally or otherwise. A mentor chooses.”
Many teens graduated this past June. But when Charles grabbed his diploma there was someone special in his corner, a mentor named Ken Rice. He reports what a mentor has meant to both of them.
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Council on Accreditation 
Affirms Spaulding

The Council on Accreditation (COA) announced it has accredited Spaulding for Children, affirming that Spaulding meets the highest national standards of best practice and establishes the organization’s credibility as effective and professionally sound. In addition, COA accreditation provides assurance to all of its stakeholders that Spaulding for Children is delivering needed, high-quality services in our community, conducting its operations successfully, and managing its funds effectively.
“Kudos to each member of the Spaulding for Children team,” Cristina Peixoto, President/CEO of Spaulding for Children, said. “The COA Final Accreditation Report is a public confirmation of your outstanding work on behalf of families and children. The report affirms your professional commitment to deliver high-quality services, manage our finances effectively, and conduct day-to-day operations successfully. For this and all you do on behalf of our mission and those we serve, thank you.”

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Welcome to The Board

Spaulding for Children welcomed two new board members Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Along with unique expertise and professional backgrounds that strengthen our organization, they share tremendous and heartfelt enthusiasm and commitment in support of our mission.
Rhonda Jordan Phillips recently retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. She is a former mentor at Spaulding for Children and a long serving volunteer for Big Brothers & Big Sisters.
Edward T. Liversidge is President and CEO of Cherry Creek 101. The Michigan Company owns and operates nine Wendy's Restaurants. He is the current president of the Detroit DMA and a long-time supporter of Spaulding for Children.

Why We Oppose the Aderholt Amendment

A measure recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Aderholt Amendment will harm the 118,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted. If adopted, the law would allow service providers to turn away qualified adoptive and foster care parents based on religion, marital status, sexual orientation and gender identity limits the number of permanent homes for foster care children.
Additionally, this amendment encourages young people to hide their sexual identity to ensure future adoptions, causing further damage. Further concerns include how far of an impact will be made on the aforementioned communities due to a lack of direction. Putting personal beliefs above the needs of America's vulnerable children ultimately harms all children in foster care. 
Let them know where you stand by reaching out to the U.S. Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

Ideas for Summer Fun

Kids of all ages desperately need downtime, family time and time outdoors all the time- but especially in the summer. Use the great weather and time off from school to create memories for years to come. We've put together a listing of a few family friendly things to do in Southwest Michigan this summer.

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

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Graduation for All of 'Her Kids'

Sonja Halton and her son William share the keys to success.

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