Black Family Development - Samaritan Center

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(313) 758-0157

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Samaritan Center - 5555 Conner Ave. Ste 1038 Detroit, MI 48213

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Eligibility is different for every program, please call for details on each program you are interested in.


Black Family Development, Inc. (BFDI) is a private, non-profit comprehensive family counseling agency. 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.

Mental Health Services

Assessments; diagnosis; evaluation; crisis interventions; family stabilization; parenting education; life skill training; health referrals and linkages; case management services; therapeutic group; therapeutic counseling; referrals for psychiatric consultations and/or evaluations; and classroom intervention.


Wraparound is a process: As a client of Wraparound, our job is to create a plan and support, based on one family at a time. You and your family will create a plan based on your input with the help of your Facilitator, and others you choose to be on your team. Based on your choice, you will be connected with resources to assist you in achieving the goals of your plan. Services include:Weekly Family Contact, Linking and Coordinating Resources, Support and 24/7 Availability, and Positive Family Activities and Outing 4 Times Per Year.

Intensive Family Services Program

The Family Services Program offers intensive in-home counseling to families and youth involved in the Juvenile Justice System. Services focus on encouraging law abiding behavior supported by youth’s family and community networks. Services include: Crisis Intervention,

2-3 times weekly in-home counseling sessions, Individual and family sessions, Substance abuse education, and Referrals to needed services (tutoring, parenting, recreation)

STAGES (Supportive Techniques To Assist With Growth and Empowerment)

STAGES Outpatient Therapy is a counseling program for youth and their families. Staff specialize in serving youth and their families facing a mental health disturbance who would benefit from outpatient treatment. Special attention will be provided to youth who have been either hospitalized and/or in residential care. Youth also facing co-occurring substance abuse challenges can come to one place to receive care and support from both needs. Services are aimed at enhancing a youth's and family's ability to succeed in life.

Youth ages 5 to 17, in Detroit and Wayne County, who have been designated as Severely Emotionally Disturbed and in need of outpatient services. We also welcome youth with co-occuring mental health and substance abuse symptoms. They will be cared for by competent and credentialed staff.

Parent Management Training (PMTO)

Evidence-based community mental health service model using cognitive behavioral interventions to support, encourage, and empower parents as the primary drivers for change when working with their youth experiencing Severe Emotional Disturbances. Wayne County, Medicaid eligible families can use this service.

Family Preservation and Support Services:

Therapeutic and life skills groups; outreach; transportation; home based services; assessments; evaluations; crisis intervention; life skills training; parent education; skill building; family stabilization; child management; advocacy; home strengthening; family group decision making.

United Way for Southeastern Michigan (UWSEM) / Family Connections Collaborative

This prevention program offers basic needs services and educational preparedness to subsistence-level families needing prevention services prior to formal human services/child welfare involvement. The program’s purpose is to increase family self-sufficiency with their ability to access Basic Needs.


  1. Families must have one child in the home between the ages of 5 to 17.

  2. Families must live in Detroit or Highland Park.

  3. Family may not have current Child Protective Service Case.

  4. Family may not live in a shelter

  5. Family willing to participate in program weekly.

 At least two of the following must be present:

  • Unemployed/Underemployed

  • Behavioral or Mental Health Needs

  • Alcohol or Drug Problem

  • Serious Health Challenges

  • Children with behavioral or mental health, physical developmental disability and learning disability.

Prevention Services

Community outreach; problem identification; referral services; critical life and social skill education including decision making, refusal skills, and systematic judgment abilities

City of Detroit Finding Resolution Everyday through Education (F.R.E.E.)

FREE (Finding Resolutions Everyday through Education) is a public education and information program to prevent substance abuse/addiction, and promote healthy lifestyles.

We educate through small group sessions, parenting and family management classes, and at substance abuse residential settings. This program is eligible for Detroit-Area children, teens, and adults "at risk" for use or abuse of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.

Youth Assistance Program (YAP)

Black Family Development, Inc.'s Youth Assistance "Passport" Program (YAP) is an after school program that assists youth in developing healthy lifestyles, values, and self awareness, by providing Positive Youth Development activities, counseling, homework assistance, cultural-enrichment, structured recreation, and exposure to additional career options. We service specific zip codes on the eastside of Detroit. Referrals are accepted from the community or the Wayne County Prosecutor's office or the Juvenile Assessment Center. Youth must be 7-17 years of age.

Youth must reside in one of the following zip codes: 48205, 48207, 48211, 48213, 48214, 48215, 48224, and 48234.

Everybody Ready Parents As Teachers

You are your child’s first and best teacher, and your home is the first classroom. Black Family Development, Inc.’s Parents as Teachers Home Visitation Program is here to offer you the support and resources you need to help make your child, or children, successful in life. Black Family Development, Inc. Parent Educators will be your partner.

Parents as Teachers provides early childhood home visitation services to Wayne County expectant parents and families with children ages zero to three.

The following services are provided at no cost:

  • Personal visits by certified parent educators

  • Parenting Information

  • Child development and health screenings

  • Interactive play and learning activities

  • Parent Group Connection Meetings

  • Development Centered Parenting

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Please call (313) 758-0157 and ask to speak to intake department if looking for specific information on each program.
Monday - Friday
9 AM - 5 PM

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