A Message from Cristina Peixoto, President and CEO Thank You for Excellence in 2021-- and Continuing Progress in '22.
Our warmest wishes that the new year brings you the blessings of good health, a joyful spirit and a deep feeling of community. Most of us did not anticipate that the disruptions of the pandemic would continue into 2022 and, while we are beginning to resume some routines, we all continue to be impacted by COVID and its variants. Over this past year, our focus continued to be on the safety and wellbeing of the families and children we serve, our generous community, and our hard-working staff.
We salute you for your courage and adaptability, the way you “walked the walk” this past year. Your commitment has inspired us to remain strong and resilient. In the midst of these difficult times, we successfully carried out our strategic objectives and built stronger partnerships with community organizations. Through partnerships and collaborations, we hosted webinars and training opportunities tailored to parents and child welfare practitioners’ specific needs. And, we wrote and were awarded two five-year federal grants that we expect to greatly enhance our services and supports to kinship families, promote shared parenting, and the authentic engagement of youth in finding permanency.
We worked closely with business organizations and community partners to bring services and resources to our families and clients. We celebrated the incredible dedication and hard work of our parents, foster, kinship, guardianship and adoptive families. Our hearts were warmed by the support of 184 generous donors. And we gave back to a local food bank and to a homeless veteran organization.
I want to extend a note of gratitude to you, our board members, staff, volunteers, donors, and community partners, for your unwavering support for Spaulding’s mission throughout this tumultuous and yet productive year. And most importantly, I want to thank each and every one of our families, children and youth. You, above all, continue to inspire us and strengthen our purpose.
Twenty twenty-two should be most exciting for Spaulding. We will continue to expand our networks, including hosting the “Families in Bloom” community event in April, the Spaulding Resource Fair in August, and the Spaulding Scramble golf outing fundraiser in September. We will generate knowledge and share impactful tools through our six federal grant projects, and increase Spaulding caregivers’ access to services and resources through the use of technology. And not least, we will continue putting in place hiring and labor practices and decision-making processes that reflect our commitment to advance diversity and inclusion.
We are moving forward this year with the hope of better days to come. Let’s keep focused on our strategic priorities and hold tight to our shared resilience. That is how we will create another memorable year.
Let's Get Back on the Links!
Spaulding is proud to announce our first golf event in many years. The Spaulding Scramble will take place Saturday, September 17, 2022 at the Farmington Hills Golf Club.
Spaulding has a history of golf events that began under the leadership of the late Mike Lucci, the great Pro Bowl Detroit Lions linebacker who championed Spaulding and the children we serve. The proceeds raised were used to fund programs and to establish scholarships for our foster children in Lucci’s name.
Spaulding Scramble Co-Chairs are Spaulding board members Al Jordan, Board Treasurer, and Willie Smith, Audit Committee Chair. Both are most enthusiastic about helping children and golf.
“The last several years, with restrictions from COVID, many of Spaulding’s events were cancelled," Al Jordan said. "That handicapped our ability to raise funds as we had done in past years. Now, after many years, we are happy to be back on the links.”
Mr. Jordan, and his wife, Rita, are former foster parents and have adopted a child. He understands and appreciates the services Spaulding provides. He also knows the needs of the organization, as well.
"Golf is growing in popularity the last few years," Mr. Jordan said. "It is a safe activity, as it’s outdoors, and everyone is seeking ways to connect in this era of near-everything being done remotely. We believe golf is the perfect way to gather people together to create fellowship and foster team building. I have met some of my best friends on a golf course. So, I think others who support Spaulding can, as well.”
Willie Smith is very active with Midnight Golf, a Detroit-based program that uses the game of golf as a setting for learning invaluable life skills for youth. Developing discipline and abilities through competitive golf, Midnight Golf also provides proactive coaching, long-term mentoring to help young people succeed in college, and other talents needed in their academic careers and lives beyond.
“I am retired but my passion is working with youth, contributing in any way that I can to support their development," Willie Smith said. "My support to Spaulding for Children is financial, as well as working actively with the youth in their life skill development.
"Everything I devote my time to these days relates to helping youth in my community. Being out on the course gives us the chance to spread the word about Spaulding.”
In addition to a round on a beautiful Michigan course, golfers taking part in the Spaulding Scramble will enjoy a silent auction, compete for prizes and relax with food, refreshments and great companionship, Mr. Smith added.
Co-Chairs Jordan and Smith, along with a committee, designed the event so there are many ways to participate. Sponsorships are available at many levels, starting at just $250 for a hole sponsorship. Individual golfer fees are set to be attractive to most all golfers: $150 for a day of friendly competitive golf, fellowship, food and fun.
And don’t worry about your handicap. The event is designed for golfers at every level.
“As much as I golf, I should be much better!” Mr. Jordan said, laughing. "See you on the links!"
Detroit Area Wendy's Owners Presenting Sponsor of the 2022 Spaulding Scramble
We are proud to announce the Presenting Sponsor for the 2022 Spaulding Scramble is the Detroit Area Wendy's Owners professional association.
With all our hearts, thank you, Detroit Area Wendy's Owners! Your generosity has made the Spaulding Scramble possible.
Who Is This'Fore'?
The Spaulding Scramble will help support children who need a safe and permanent home and parents who want to be well-prepared.
Funds raised support ongoing services to assure that all children grow up in safe, permanent families and have the help they need to be successful in life.
Did you know that in 2021, Spaulding:
Served -- between grant projects and CFS programs -- 2,860 clients and family members, 85% parents and 15% children;
Supported implementation of the NTDC training curriculum to 2,238 participants in seven states and one tribe;
Through the QIC-AG project, we provided adoption support and preservation capacity building services to 12 states;
Through the H-BASS project, we provided adoption awareness training to 163 health care professionals in 43 states;
We provided foster care, adoption and prevention services to 432 children and 190 families;
We were awarded two federal grants;
We hosted three drive-thru children and family events;
We were supported by 184 donors.
Spaulding Scramble Corporate Sponsorship opportunities range from $250 for sponsoring a hole, to $1,000 and $10,000 event levels. Golf Fees are Foursomes: $600 (or $150 per golfer). A complete list of all sponsorship levels is available at our event page: https://tinyurl.com/yckz5va6.
All players will enjoy breakfast, lunch on the turn and a dinner buffet. The Spaulding also includes an Auction and prizes for competitors, such as Skins Provision, Longest Drive, and Closet-to-the-Pin.
Quality Improvement Center on Engaging Youth in Finding Permanency
Do you want to be at the forefront of increasing youth engagement, especially related to permanency efforts?
Join this webinar to learn about the Quality Improvement Center on Engaging Youth in Finding Permanency (QIC-EY) and how your state, county, tribal nation, or territory can partner with the QIC-EY to advance effective youth engagement practices in child welfare and make systemic changes related to how children and youth are authentically engaged.
Launched in October 2021 and funded by the United States Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Children’s Bureau, the QIC-EY is working to advance child welfare programs and practice to ensure that child welfare agencies are authentically engaging and empowering youth in foster care throughout the U.S., especially in relation to permanency decisions.
The program is free and open to all who are interested in engaging foster youth and their role in finding permanency. Register here.
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service
Observed on the third Monday in January, the Martin Luther King National Day of Service commemorates the remarkable vision, life and legacy of a man of peace and a heroic American.
"Dr. King, in partnership with hundreds of others, believed in America, an imperfect America, yes, but America...King and associates knew that while his name garnered the most attention, he didn't change America alone... Nor was his dream of a more perfect nation extinguished by his assassination."
-- Dr. Earl Lewis, January 18, 2020
While Spaulding's offices were closed, members of the Spaulding team were encouraged to participate in community services, volunteer actions and remembrances.
Dr. King, a pioneer in civil and equal rights for all Americans, believed non-violent action would raise awareness and participation in ending racism, bigotry and oppression. At essence, he believed in the power of love -- the one force that could bring peace, advance justice and make the nation a better place, not just for ourselves, but for all.
Please Join Us! And Recommend Someone Like You -- One Who Cares!
The team at Spaulding for Children works hard for the things that matter. Please join us: We have updated listings on our website including a IPP (Individualized Permanency Planning) Specialist, a Project Specialist, and a Vice President of Finance position.
New for 2022 is our Friends of Spaulding Referral Program: Send us a candidate for an open position at Spaulding and when they are hired and start work, you receive a $100 gift card. Both you and our new employee will receive another $50 gift card on the 6-month anniversary of the hire date.
Welcome New Employees and
Kudos on Position Changes
Please join us in welcoming new employees and congratulating colleagues who have received a promotion or experienced a change in position at work:
Jada Fann joined in October as an IPP Specialist.
Dalae Thompson joined in November as an IPP Specialist.
Amanda Marentettte joined in December as an IPP Specialist.
Jasmine Johnson, a student of the Academy joined in December as an IPP Specialist.
Wadia Sancho accepted a new position in October as Program Coordinator position in the Academy.
Madison Sprague in October graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and accepted a full-time position as a Program Coordinator in the Academy.
Rebecca Gallese joined in January as a Program Manager in the Academy.
Kelly Burdell in November was promoted from an IPP Specialist Supervisor to a Program Manager.
Kristina Borrego in December was promoted from a Team Lead position to an IPP Supervisor Position.
Remember FiB2 Happens Saturday, April 30
Families in Bloom 2 returns on Saturday, April 30, 2022. Please join us at St. John's Banquet and Conference Center of Southfield as we celebrate our families, recognize our supporters, and showcase how we make families stronger. The event also offers a variety of children’s activities, entertainment and refreshments.
Our goal is to show the community how to make its families stronger. Topics will include foster care and adoption, and other resources for families looking to support their children at home, in school and through life.
Miss Katie brings us some truly wonderful reads in the weeks ahead. Discover how a can-do truck with a lot of help from its friends can do great things in The Little Blue Truck (January 23). Then, a young boy and his dad learn some invaluable life lessons over the course of 24 hours in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (January 30).
StoryTime with Miss Katie takes place Sundays at 7 p.m. EST, live via Facebook. Click here to enjoy.
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In partnership with families, communities, organizations, states and the nation, Spaulding for Children’s mission is to assure that all children grow up in safe, permanent families and have the help they need to be successful in life.