A non-profit organization with a 43-year history, Arms Wide Adoption Services is deeply committed to transforming the lives of children in need of safe and nurturing adoptive families.
Arms Wide Adoption Services was originally established in 1977 in Houston, Texas as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under its parent organization, the Christian Child Help Foundation, to launch a program to aid the overwhelming number of children who were removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect and placed in the protective custody of the State of Texas’ foster care system. In 1980, the agency changed its name to Spaulding for Children, received its own Child Placement License and became an autonomous, secular agency with its own Governing Board of Directors. In 2000, Spaulding for Children merged with the Christian Child Help Foundation, absorbing its parent organization.
In 2017, Spaulding for Children rebranded as Arms Wide Adoption Services. We are incredibly proud of the reputation we built with the Spaulding for Children name – expertly finding children the right family and permanent home through a personal and honest approach. We did this successfully for 40 years, and while we are now called Arms Wide Adoption Services, we are the same people who made Spaulding for Children a credible organization built on trust and personal attention. We look forward to continuing to build on our reputation as Arms Wide Adoption Services over the next 40 years and beyond.
Since its inception, Arms Wide has placed more than 2,100 children in permanent adoptive homes. Foster care, adoption, post adoption and post permanency services originated through the agency’s Houston office, which serves Harris County and the 12 surrounding counties in the Greater Houston area. In 2003, collaborative funding sources allowed Arms Wide to establish its first satellite office in Corpus Christi, Texas. From this base, South Texas staff places children throughout the state’s 19 southernmost counties. Today, Arms Wide Adoption Services' Houston and South Texas offices serve a combined total of 32 counties, which are home to approximately one third of the state’s overall population.
Arms Wide Adoption Services is only one of two agencies in the Greater Houston area, and one of only four agencies in the state, providing post adoption services to families who have adopted children from DFPS.
Post adoption support services are critical to the emotional and mental health of adoptive children and families so they can achieve healthy, stable and enduring family relationships.
Post Permanency services are provided through Arms Wide Adoption Services' Houston and South Texas offices. Our Post Adoption Program began in 2017 to support families in Permanent Managing Conservatorships (PMC), where adults were awarded legal guardianship of a child but were unable to formally consummate an adoption due to legal constraints in terminating parental rights. The program is designed to protect, strengthen, and preserve the new families, so that they may remain together.
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