Spaulding for Children, a Southfield-based nonprofit child welfare agency, works to find permanent homes for children who are in the child welfare system and supports families in safely keeping their children in their homes. It was established in 1968 when several entities, including Warren Spaulding, an elderly farmer who donated his farmhouse and land to establish Spaulding’s first office, joined together. The organization works to prevent children from entering the foster care system as much as possible. The Spaulding Institute for Family and Community Development offers training programs and products that address the adoption of children from the public welfare system, cultural competency, and permanency and post permanency services. The institute also offers The Academy, which works with public and private grant funded programs that increase and enhance permanency support and preservation programs. November is National Adoption Month.