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Homes and hope for children.

At D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s, we are passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and families in West Michigan. We are inclusive and welcoming to all. Through comprehensive services, including foster care, adoption, counseling, and youth programs, DABSJ provides compassionate support to create brighter futures for those in need.

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There for the children and families who need us. Our commitment to children remains as steadfast as it was back in 1887. As a DABSJ supporter, you are part of the vital work of keeping kids safe and helping families thrive. When people in our community need help, it is our community (you!) who steps up to meet those needs. Together, we can provide homes and hope for children.

Our Mission

To help children and empower families by providing safety, advocacy, and support.

We believe children are our future, and families are our community’s strength. We come alongside them during some of the most difficult challenges life can bring. Through helping children and families, we build brighter futures for all.

The Continuum of Care

There for those who need us, in the way they need us

All children deserve to be safe and loved, and all families deserve to be supported. The way that happens can vary depending on what a child or family is facing. Our programming today is built on our core belief, backed by research, that as long as children can be safe, they do best when they are with their families.

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Family Preservation &
Behavioral Health

In many cases, we can keep a child safe and with their family by providing support to them at home or school. Family Preservation Services are rooted in best practices for supporting children who have experienced things like chronic trauma, been involved in the justice systems, as well as families of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and severe mental health diagnoses.

Foster Care & Adoption

When home is unsafe for children, DABSJ comes alongside families with our foster care programming. We prioritize finding relatives who can provide a secure environment for the child. If no relatives are available, we have amazing community foster homes with families who unconditionally love and care for our children. Our primary goal in foster care is family reunification. If reunification is not possible, we provide support for families through adoption.

Residential Treatment

Sometimes, for a number of reasons, being in a home may be too much for a child. Our Residential Treatment supports youth who struggle to be safe at home. While living on the DABSJ campus in a home-like environment, kids have an individualized, intensive plan that focuses on them going to school and other activities out in the community so they can build coping tools and skills for when they successfully move on.

Looking for help?

We are here to help you

Explore a range of counseling, support, and specialized services for families facing challenges, developmental disabilities, foster care, and reunification.

Kids need us. That’s why we need you.

You can be part of DABSJ

Community support makes us who we are. Whether it’s donors filling our halls with presents for our children each holiday season, a company volunteering as a team, volunteers collecting clothes and essentials for children in foster care, families passing down a legacy of supporting DABSJ from generation to generation, or a person clicking ‘Give Now’ to make their first-ever gift. Each individual is part of a larger movement to provide homes and hope to children in West Michigan.


An investment in children is an investment into the future of our community! When you give to DABSJ, you're investing in homes and hope for all kids and help for families who need it most.


DABSJ could not exist without the unwavering support of volunteers. These gifts of time create a future of hope for thousands of children. We couldn’t do what we do without volunteers!


Looking to make a difference in your career? Join us at DABSJ – a team dedicated to creating better futures for children and families!

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The Callihan Family

Foster & Adoption Story

DABSJ wants the best for every child we serve, which is an outlook epitomized by one of our foster and adoptive families, the Callihans. Doug and Becky Callihan have been fostering with DABSJ since 2010. They have four biological children, and over the past nine years have adopted six of their foster children.

Inclusive Families

Inclusion Matters

DABSJ is inclusive and welcoming. We aim to be a safe place for all: our team members, the children we serve, and the families we work with. It’s the only way to be there for those who need us in the way they need us. You could play a part in providing homes and hope for all children.

Stories & News

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Pride Month: Welcoming Safe, Affirming Foster Parents

DABSJ Shines Spotlight on Need for Safe and Affirming Homes for LGBTQ+ Youth in Foster Care, Welcomes LGBTQ+ Foster Parents This Pride Month GRAND RAPIDS, ...
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DABSJ Initiates Public Search for New President & CEO

D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s announces the commencement of a public search for its new President & CEO. Founded in 1887, DABSJ is dedicated to ...
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DABSJ Expands Child Psychiatric Services to General Public

D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s Expands Child Psychiatric Services to General Public GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s, a leading nonprofit organization ...
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Every child deserves to be safe – in their home, in their relationships, in their world. Each of our programs is built on that purpose, because making sure children are physically and emotionally safe is our most important job.


Children are one of the most vulnerable groups in our society. So much of their world is determined by the care of those around them. At DABSJ, we are in the corner of children and their families.


Children are our future, and families are our community’s strength. Coming alongside them with the help they need, when and how they need it, is how we build a brighter future.

DABSJ is inclusive and welcoming – from our team members, to the children we serve, to the families we license as foster parents. You could play a part in providing homes and hope for children who need a place to be themselves.