Gov. Whitmer Proclaims September is Kinship / Foster Care Month
In Michigan about 53,000 children are being raised by kinship caregivers – defined as relatives or others who are close to the youth and their families. That includes about 4,100 children in foster care and approximately 49,000 other children who are raised in kinship families.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer proclaimed September to be Kinship / Foster Care Month in the State of Michigan to recognize the important contributions of kinship and foster care families.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recognizes kinship caregivers for their commitment to caring for children and providing them with connections, security and ties to their cultural heritage, family, and community.
Kinship care is the full-time care, nurturing and protection of children by family members, close family friends or other important adults in the child’s life. This could include grandparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings, family friends or members of their tribes or clans.
“MDHHS believes children who need placements should be placed with their relative whenever possible. Maintaining connections with relatives, friends, and communities they know, and love is vital to their physical and emotional well-being,” said Demetrius Starling, executive director of the MDHHS Children’s Services Agency. “Kinship care allows children dealing with the effects of trauma to be with people who know them best. I want to thank all the kinship families in Michigan who have stepped up to care for their relatives, family friends or fellow tribal members. The difference you make in the lives of the children you care for is immeasurable.”
We Have Been Busy!
2022 Resource Fair:
Big Hit at the Old Ballpark
Spaulding for Children, in partnership with Detroit PAL, presented the Resource Fair on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022 at The Corner Ballpark in Detroit.
Free and open to the public, services and resources were available from organizations that included Detroit PAL, Detroit Equity Coalition (Judson Center’s) COVID-19 mobile vaccination clinic, Detroit Police Department, No Barriers 2 Success, The L.I.V.E. Outreach, Wayne Integrated Health Network, Xenith, Grand Canyon University, MSU EXT District 11 – Wayne County Health & Nutrition Institute, ParentChild, Tri-County Foster Care Coalition, Down River Foster Closet, HFA-Wayne Babies, Youth Voice Council and Connect 313.
The event was well attended by the public, with more than 150 participants. The El Taco Dojo food truck also made a big hit.
Thanks to all who participated! We also would like to thank Detroit PAL for hosting us at The Corner Ballpark.
Helping Get Students Back to School
Spaulding for Children hosted our annual Back to School event on Thursday, Sept. 8. Volunteers and staff put together backpacks filled with school supplies and provided them to Spaulding families.
The Spaulding Team estimates ten families attended. Children were able to play at the playscape, while parents "shopped" for school supplies donated by supporters.
Spaulding Scramble Big Fun & Fundraiser
The Farmington Hills Golf Club hosted Spaulding for Children and the first ever Spaulding Scramble Golf Outing on Saturday, Sept. 17. A grand time was had by competitors, staff and the volunteers who made the event a spectacular success.
The Spaulding Scramble was created by a special committee led by Co-Chairmen, Alfred "Al" Jordan (at left in the photo above), Spaulding Board Treasurer, and Willie Smith (on the right in the photo above), Board Member.
Funds raised will go to Spaulding for Children's Child and Family Services Department to provide augmented supports to children in foster care and their caregivers.
In addition to Presenting Sponsor, Wendy’s Detroit Area Owners, additional sponsors include Golf Cart Sponsor, Pickleman’s Franchisees; Luncheon Sponsor BrassCraft; Registration Sponsor, A Jor-Dan Consulting LLC; Silent Auction Sponsor, Masco, 9th Hole Turn Sponsor, David Graham; and Driving Range Sponsor, Morgan Stanley.
On behalf of the Board of Spaulding for Children, we send our sincere thanks to our golfers, donors, silent auction and raffle donors, The Pines Restaurant, Farmington Hills Golf Course and the City of Farmington Hills for hosting our event.
We took photos of each of the 22 groups who entered and posted them on Flickr.com. To see the golfers, and to download a photo of your group, please click here.
Members of the UPS foursome line up to watch a put for birdie at the 9th Hole of Farmington Hills Golf Club.
Coming Soon: Trunk or Treat
Trunk-or-Treat is just around the corner. The event makes a great way to safely enjoy Halloween during the time of COVID-19.
We need and are accepting treat donations for this event. They can be dropped off at the agency, or bought off our Amazon list and shipped directly to the agency. To donate, please click here.
We also welcome community members who would like to decorate a trunk for this event on October 21. Please email Cheryl Gist at email@example.com and she'll provide the details.
Holidays Are Right Around the Corner -- and We Need YOU!
We are preparing for our 3rd Annual Sponsor a Foster Child for the Holidays event. As you may know, for the past two years, we have been able to grant the holiday wishes for HUNDREDS of kids in foster care.
QIC-EY Releases New Report Identifying the Barriers to Authentic Youth Engagement
To understand the most salient barriers to authentic youth engagement in child welfare, several stakeholder groups were asked to share their experiences. Interviews were conducted with 15 people with recent lived expertise in the child welfare system (Wollen et al., 2022), 15 workforce experts (Vanderwill et al., 2022), and 11 legal experts (Peters & Vesneski, 2022) between February-May 2022. In addition, the QIC-EY Youth Engagement Advisory Council compiled a report of the most common barriers to authentic youth engagement (Gagnon & Santiago, 2022). The QIC-EY Barriers to Authentic Youth Engagement Report provides a qualitative analysis of the main barriers identified by each stakeholder group. To read the full report click here.
Where is YOUR Favorite Place?
We asked our team members where they got to explore this summer.
Phillip and I recently took the granddaughters to Frankenmuth, Mich. We shopped in the gift shops in the basement and dined, family style, on their famous Chicken. We had a great time and ate too much! – Cheryl Gist
Hard to pick a favorite, so I picked two. Of course, my first spot is Zeeland because I get to see my family when I visit. Second place will be Lexington/Port Austin. We vacationed there this year for the first time and are looking forward to going back. – Jamie Bozarth
My favorite place in Michigan is Lake Michigan at the Arcadia Bluffs Scenic Turnout. – Julia Swartout
Michigan is such a beautiful state! My answer is Harsens Island. My family has been vacationing there for generations and my mom and I call it our happy place... We like to sit and enjoy watching the freighters, too! – Sarah Terrien
We just went and visited one of our favorite places in Michigan last week. John’s parents have property on the Presque Isle River located near Ontonagon in the Upper Peninsula. – Kristina Vaseau
Apple Orchards in the fall. – Lindsey Brock
Ann Arbor, Michigan. – Melinda Lis
Traverse City. So much to do there! – Mike Quinn
Traverse City is beautiful in the summer. – Stacey Oakes
West side of the state, Saugatuck. – Melissa Jenovai
Here’s a picture of a Lake Michigan sunset at Ludington State Park and a storm coming in off of Lake Michigan. – Sharon Corpolongo
Let's Conk-Out COVID!
Please note that Spaulding for Children remains cautious in regards to COVID-19. If you are not feeling well or have been exposed to some who has tested posted, please stay home.
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