Veoneer Golf Outing
Benefitted Spaulding for Children

The team at Veoneer of Southfield presented a check Wednesday, June 12 in the amount of $6,114.58 to Spaulding for Children.

From left to right in the photo above are Jim Vergona, Larry Walewski, and Jamie Gramenos, all from Veoneer; Cristina Peixoto, Spaulding President and CEO; Willie Taylor, a new graduate and future engineer; and DeAndre Lipscomb, Spaulding Board Member.

Dedicated to developing technologies that make vehicles safer and driving more enjoyable, Veoneer raised the funds through their 2019 Charity Golf Outing. The fundraiser was held in May at St. Johns Golf Club in Plymouth.

Thank you to the team at Veoneer! Your support will help us build stronger families to make stronger communities.  

SFC Staff Profile
Veronica Crawford, Licensing Specialist

Since 2003, Veronica Crawford has devoted her professional career to the welfare of children. She started her work with Spaulding in 2008 as a foster care worker.

"After my first interview at Spaulding, I knew it was the agency for me,” Ms. Crawford said. “I felt the warmth and a genuine care of team spirit.”
As other opportunities were presented, Veronica gained experiences as an Initial Home Study Worker, Trainer and Recruiter of foster families, in addition to her service as Foster Care Supervisor. In 2015, Veronica was thrilled when an opportunity opened up for her to rejoin Spaulding to work as a Licensing Specialist.
As a Licensing Specialist, Veronica is responsible for the recruitment of foster parents, training and assessment of prospective foster parents in addition to promoting Agency programs in the community.

(For details, please see "Becoming a Licensed Foster Home" and "Matching a Child with a Foster Home" below.)

Ms. Crawford said the biggest public misperceptions about children in foster care comes from labeling -- and mislabeling -- children.

"Some people wrongly assume the children in foster care are 'bad' kids, and there's nothing you can do with them," Ms. Crawford said. "The truth is every child is different and you need to take the time to get to know them. Trauma affects children differently. The more you know, the more you will understand them and be able to help."
Veronica added that until prospective foster parents are around other foster families, they will not really know all that's involved. And that includes all the rewards of foster parenting.

"It's vital that new foster parents network with other parents so they will not feel alone," she said. "As an agency, we connect new foster parents with seasoned foster families -- along with countless other resources, from training to social events that provide support and guidance."
Spaulding for Children has been and remains a committed agency on behalf of its stakeholders, parents (birth, adoptive and foster), the community and most important, to the children.

Becoming a Licensed Foster Home

Licensing is at the center of becoming a foster family. Each home is licensed through the state. Typically, it takes 180 days from application to become licensed. As you are preparing to be licensed, Spaulding is finding out about your family and home in order that the right fit be made for a foster child. Some factors that are helpful to make the match include characteristics of the parents, employment, number of and age of children in the home, and whether one might be amenable to caring for children with special needs.

Matching a Child with a Home

Once the state grants the foster care license, your family is placed in a state database and Spaulding staff work to make a match from among children in need of placement. There is a plethora of services/care the foster family can provide and just to name a few include: 
  • General Care Related
  • Caregiver Intensive Care
  • Child with Mental Health Diagnosis

Supporting ECDFA

On June 5 the Every Child Deserves a Family (ECDF) Act of 2019 H.R. 3114 was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) and Rep. Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR).

The bipartisan bill would prohibit federally funded child welfare service providers from discriminating against children, families, and individuals based on religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and marital status.

“Too many children dream of a stable, loving family,” said Rep. Lewis.  “Many adults want to open their homes and their hearts, but they also are facing more and more barriers, because some officials can say they practice the wrong religion, love the wrong person, or are not married."

According to Human Rights Campaign

There are more than 440,000 children in the foster care system, with over 120,000 of them waiting for a permanent family.  More than 20,000 youth “age out” of care each year without any family and with limited support and resources. Among other things, the Every Child Deserves a Family Act would ban conversion therapy for children receiving or participating in federally funded child welfare programs or services and require federally funded child welfare services and staff training to be affirming of foster children’s complex social identities, including their race, color, national origin, ability, religion, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, as currently required for runaway and homeless youth. For more information visit

Helping Recruit New Families 

Recruiting can happen anywhere. Our foster parents are anxious to tell their story and encourage others to reach out and become a family. Here are images from two recent garage sales where two Spaulding families used the opportunity to recruit others and tell them about foster parenting and adoption.

Would You Like to Host an Event for Spaulding?

Perhaps you would like to host a Spaulding representative at a gathering -- it could be lunch at your company or a social gathering of friends at your home or church. Or maybe you'd like to host a special event like Veoneer to benefit Spaulding. It could even be a combination or something new.

We would love to talk with you and work together to spread the word about how we can help the many children and families we serve -- and would like to serve. Please contact Cheryl Gist at (248) 443-0300. 

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