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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, schools 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 and Oakland communities.


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.


BFDI believes in the value and morality of inclusion and believes that as human beings our fates are inextricable: “ I am because We are”. As an active participant and supporter of the work of Policy Link, BFDI has adopted the definition of Equity as defined by Policy Link. “ Equity is just and fair inclusion into a society in which all participate, prosper and reach their full potential. Unlocking the promise of the nation by unleashing the promise in us all “.


  • Hope and healing for those we serve
  • Improving the well-being of children
  • Improving academic results
  • Improving neighborhood safety
  • Expanding positive youth development
  • Improving support to families
  • Building community capacity
  • Improving the life outcomes of boys and young men of color

    7 Key Organizational Pillars

  • Early Childhood
  • Family Preservation
  • Community and Youth Development
  • Mental Health
  • Integrated Physical and Behavioral Health (Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic)
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Males of Color
  • Juvenile Justice


    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.

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    Our Offices

    • Administrative Office

      2995 E. Grand Blvd
      Detroit, MI 48202
      Phone: 313-758-0150
    • Samaritan Center

      5555 Conner Ave. Ste 1038
      Detroit, MI 48213
      Phone: 313-308-0255

      If it is after business hours, and you need to reach your Case Manager, please call BFDI’s “After Hours” phone number at (313) 330-2849.
    • In School Collaborative Partners

      Brenda Scott Academy
      Ecorse High School
      George Washington Carver
      Grandport Elementary Academy
      Hope Academy
      New Paradigm - University Yes Academy
      Osborn High School
      Ralph J. Bunche Academy
      Ronald Brown Academy
      Schulze Academy for Technology and Arts
      University Prep Art & Design: Middle High School
      University Prep Art and Design: Elementary School

    Business Hours

    Our hours of operation:
    24/7 Availability

    Monday-Friday: 9am to 5pm
    Weekends: Community Meetings

    On Call Mobile Health Team : 1-844-SEE-HOPE

    BFDI Hope is Here App