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Making a Meaningful and Lasting Impact on the Lives of Children, Adults and Families in Need

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

"Helping those in need succeed" is an appropriate slogan for this Metro Detroit human services agency. For over 90 years, the Judson Center comes to the aid of "children, adults and families impacted by abuse and neglect, autism, developmental disabilities, and mental health challenges" reads their mission statement. Now with five Detroit-area locations, Judson Center today serves more than 4,000 children and families.

The City of Redford is a central location in a diverse area, so it makes sense that the agency uses this location for its Child and Family Services program. Directory of Individual Giving and Communications Erika Jones explains, "[This program] provides support and services to children placed in foster care (temporary care) for both children's families and foster families, along with support services for adoption."

Parents benefit from their services, too. In fact, the entire family is helped by their programs. "We provide quality care with experienced staff throughout our core services that include: Autism Connections, Child and Family Services, Disability Services and Mental Health Services," describes Jones. "Our staff helps parents learn how to cope, heal and provide the necessary support so their children can thrive."

Through a referral program from the Macomb Country Department of Human Services for families with documented abuse, neglect or children at risk of maltreatment, the Child and Family Services program teaches a 15-week parenting class to develop better skills in dealing with your child(ren). Safety, stability and keeping the family together are goals of the Family Preservation Program.

Jones tells us, "Judson Center is a leader in finding family-centered solutions for families in crisis with the love and permanency of 'forever families' for abused and neglected children, support and care for children who have experienced unthinkable trauma, and lifespan support for children on the autism spectrum and their families." They do this by aligning themselves with numerous corporate (Chevrolet, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan, Craigslist, Detroit Tiger), and community partners through programs, grants, fundraising, event sponsorship and charitable giving.

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