Spaulding Develops Guidance for
Families with Foster Teens

Every parent knows the challenges of raising a child change as the young person develops into a teen-ager. While the specific areas of concern may change, each youngster still needs lots of hands-on attention. And a teen, especially one who has been in the foster system, may need a different level of attention entirely – and sometimes even new types of guidance.

Spaulding for Children, in partnership with the ChildTrauma Academy; the Center for Adoption Support and Education; the North American Council on Adoptable Children; and the University of Washington was awarded a 3 year Foster/Adoptive Parent Preparation, Training and Development Initiative cooperative agreement with the Children’s Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families.  The project will develop a state-of-the-art training program, equipping resource parents with skills necessary to meet the needs of older youth who have moderate to serious emotional and behavior health challenges.

“We like to think of it as a tool box and we are adding new tools for a different job,” said Sue A. Cohick, CORE Project Director, Spaulding for Children. “Parents may need to adjust their expectations, or not place (their expectations) on the teen. The best thing you can do for them is to create an environment of support and acceptance. Your home can provide a level of stability these kids may not have known before. And that allows them to grow and develop.”
Click here or on the button below to get details on CORE: Teen -- Critical On-Going Resource Family Education.
CORE Guidance for Families with Teens

Adoption & Fostering for Older Adults

Recently AARP Magazine wrote about older adults who are stepping up to foster or adopt. And many are looking for older children to join the family. Older parents can be viewed as prime candidates to provide stability for children in their teens and many do not feel equipped to provide for a younger child.
You have likely seen the ad campaign from AdoptUskids, which, with the Ad Council and the U.S. Children’s Bureau, launched to promote the adoption of older kids and teens in foster care. Using the slogan, “You don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent,” the partnership tries to give a positive, realistic view of parenting older children. 
Spaulding can walk your family through the process of fostering and adopting kids of every age. Click here or press the button below:
AdoptUSKids Guide

Empower Families to Seek Support

A message from National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation:
QIC Resources for Adoption & Guardianship

Welcome to The Board!

Spaulding for Children welcomes a new Advisory Board Member, Ms. Cristina Zatek. Cristina is the Director of Commercial Group Business for Health Alliance Plan and brings to Spaulding her unique expertise and professional background in health care, insurance underwriting, and government service that strengthens our organization. Moreover, she shares tremendous and heartfelt enthusiasm and commitment in support of our mission.

Get Your 'Game On' and
Brighten Family Holidays

The team at Spaulding for Children are planning an awesome Holiday Party for our families. You can help make it especially fun.

We would like to present gifts to the children and we are soliciting board games. We will need many for every child to get one, so please share this information and request with family and friends.
We have created a Facebook event for the board game drive. And if you live far away you can still donate through our Amazon Wish List
Board games help create big fun for kids and families. They also build lasting holiday -- and family -- memories.

Thank you!

Will You Become an Ambassador?

There are many more children seeking and needing placement than there are families with whom to place. You can help by becoming an Ambassador for Spaulding.
As an Ambassador for Spaulding, you help us spread the word about the need for adoption and foster parents. It's as simple to do as saying, “Hi!” You give us as much time as fits your schedule.
Call us at (248) 443-0300 to learn more about the Ambassador Program.

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

Click to learn more.


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