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Upcoming Events

    Cody Rouge Networking for Change Community Luncheon
    Date: April 12, 2014
    Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm
    Karas House
    23623 Plymouth Road
    Redford, MI 48239

    Osborn Networking for Change Community Luncheon
    Date: April 19, 2014
    Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm
    American Serbian Memorial

    9th Annual Community Leaders Breakfast
                     Sponsored by:
    The Institute for Population Health
    Mayor's Task Force for the Well-Being of Children & Families
    Date: April 24, 2014
    Time: 8:30am - 10:30am
    Location: Detroit Yacht Club
    Belle Isle Detroit

    Restorative Practices
    Topic: Professional Development: Restorative Responses To Grief, Trauma and Adversity
    Dates: May 1-2 (2 days)
    Hosted by Black Family Development, Inc.
    Location: Greater Grace Temple
    23500 W. Seven Mile Rd
    Detroit, MI 48219
    Click Here to Register

    The Obama Administration Announces 2011 Promise Neighborhoods Grant Winners for FY-2012

    "20 Communities Secure Funding to Plan, Implement Cradle-to-Career Education Model"

    Congratulations to the Detroit Promise Neighborhoods 2011 Planning Grant Recipient: Detroit Clark Park/Osborn Promise Neighborhoods. Black Family Development is the lead agency for Detroit's Promise Neighborhoods.

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Accreditation

Black Family Development, Inc has been CARF accredited since 1992.

When a service or program is CARF-accredited, it means the organization has passed an in-depth review of its services. It is absolute assurance that a provider meets rigorous CARF guidelines for service and quality.

Comments On Our Performance Excellence

2008 CARF Survey Summary

BFDI is in substantial conformance to the CARF standards. The organization has an excellent reputation within the community and makes special efforts to avail itself to anyone in the community in need of its services. The organization has provided quality services in the Detroit area for 30 years and is presently making efforts to deal with the downward turn in the economy both within the state and nationally. BFDI collaborates with other organizations for the benefit of the community and the persons served. The organization has a strong board of directors and qualified leadership and staff. The organization has the resources and commitment to address the recommendations noted in this report.

Black Family Development, Inc. (BFDI), has strengths in many areas.
  • The board of directors of BFDI provides active support within the organization.
  • Positive, strong, dynamic, and innovative leadership guides the organization in achieving program excellence, and the tenure of the management team provides stability to BFDI.
  • BFDI is highly respected and regarded within the community for providing quality services to youths and families. BFDI has developed extensive community partnerships and has been a leading force in community improvement, involvement, and collaboration.
  • The staff is motivated, enthusiastic, responsive, and committed to persons currently being served and to persons who are seeking services from BFDI.
  • Teamwork, mutual respect, cooperation, and open communication are demonstrated throughout all levels of the organization
  • The organization offers a variety of group options in its outpatient programs addressing many issues with everything from parenting to relapse prevention.

    In the following areas Black Family Development demonstrates exemplary conformance to the standards
  • The individual providing prevention services is highly qualified, has tenure with the organization, and is dedicated and compassionate regarding her treatment of the persons served. She has presented prevention information to individuals and large groups of people. Her practices are based on sound prevention theory and are presented in a manner that is understandable to the persons served.


    2005 CARF Survey Summary

    BFDI has demonstrated substantial conformance to CARF standards. Through various observations, interviews, and record reviews, it is evident that the organization has used the standards to develop and manage service quality. The organization has an attitude of openness to outside input and learning as evidenced by its use of the CARF process to stimulate service improvements.

    Black Family Development, Inc. (BFDI), has strengths in many areas.
  • The heart of BFDI is its dedicated direct service, management, and leadership staff members whose enthusiasm and belief in African-American family contribute much to the provision of high quality services, which persons served truly appreciate
  • The organization enjoys an outstanding reputation in the community and maintains positive working relationships with its funding agencies and other service partners.
  • BFDI staff members are dedicated and consumer driven. All persons served interviewed stated that they believe they would not have been on the road to recovery or improved their lives without BFDI
  • BFDI services are easily accessible and uncomplicated for all persons served.
  • Personnel expressed their enthusiasm about and commitment to CARF values and standards.


  • In the following areas Black Family Development demonstrates exemplary conformance to the standards
  • BFDI is commended for providing a comprehensive array of services to African-American families in Detroit. The organization has had its funding cut dramatically over time but it has been creative in keeping programs that would usually have been discontinued without state funding. The executive director is politically active and encourages cost savings and philanthropic giving in the community. The organization improves its surroundings in spite of receiving fewer funds each year.
  • The prevention specialist is commended for her excellent work in building the capacity of collaborative partnerships in Detroit. She presents Finding Resolutions Everyday Through Education (FREE) to many audiences, which has earned her the affectionate title, "the hookup lady."
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