Black Family Development, Inc. (BFDI) is a private, non-profit comprehensive family counseling agency that was created in 1978 by the Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW). By establishing BFDI as a family counseling agency, NABSW sought to promote and provide quality social work services in Detroit that were culturally relevant and culturally sensitive. The original community project, which gave birth to BFDI, was based on the agreed upon needs of the community and resulted in programmatic focus by BFDI on child abuse and neglect. Since that time, BFDI has grown to accommodate the increasing demand for a variety of specialized, family focused counseling and advocacy services in the community.
BFDI’s mission is to strengthen and enhance the lives of children, youth, and families through partnerships that support safe, nurturing, vibrant homes and communities.
BFDI’s vision is “To be the self-sufficient premier provider of comprehensive family counseling services to children, youth, and families - the pacesetter for quality, innovative services and training with national recognition.”
BFDI’s purpose is to provide culturally-sensitive quality services to families, individuals, community groups, and organizations residing and/or operating in the Detroit/ Wayne County, Oakland, Macomb, and Washtenaw communities.
VALUES AND PHILOSOPHY
Black Family Development, Inc. (BFDI) values working on behalf of children and families in their own communities in a culturally competent and respectful manner.
BFDI uses a primary home-based approach to delivering programs and services, which reduces barriers to services and promotes service accessibility through strong outreach strategies.
BFDI’s philosophy focuses on the strength of consumers, and incorporates the principles of person-centered planning.
INPUT FROM PERSONS SERVED
BFDI values and continuously seeks the input from consumers in helping to achieve the organization’s value of aspiring to excellence.
BFDI is accredited by CARF-Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. This accreditation represents a “good housekeeping” stamp of approval that quality services are provided in accordance with recognized national standards.
BFDI is also licensed by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth (DLEG) for the provision of foster care, intensive outpatient, outpatient and prevention substance abuse services. Additional, DLEG has licensed BFDI as a child placing agency.