Who is Arms Wide?

A Leader In Adoption, Foster Care and Permanency Support Services

Since our founding in 1977, Arms Wide Adoption Services has stood out in the adoption, foster care and permanency support communities. We are child-focused, searching for the right family for each child or sibling group, rather than looking for a potential parent’s ideal son or daughter. Our innovative post adoption and post permanency resources ease a child’s transition into his or her forever home, and support every member of the family for years to come. Plus, our passion for hard to place children – particularly children with disabilities, children who wish to be adopted as part of a sibling group, and children from racial minorities – means we serve the kids who need us most. We love fulfilling families, and firmly believe every child deserves the opportunity to thrive. However, we know it takes long, dedicated hours to place a child in need in a safe and nurturing family.

At Arms Wide, we specialize in adoption, foster care, and permanency support services. No matter which path a family chooses, we’ll walk with them every step of the way. Whether a family is able to offer a forever home, or be a safe, nurturing environment for a child who needs temporary foster care, we’ll prepare and support the entire family. If a family has adopted a child, or an adult has permanent managing conservatorship of a child, we’ll guide them through the transitions and connect them to resources, like therapies, financial assistance, and educational support. Our permanency support services is what sets us apart. We do more than find families for children; we help every child we work with succeed.

New Name. Same Mission. Forty-Year History of Fulfilling Families.

Though the name Arms Wide is new, our mission and our organization is time-tested. For the last 40 years, we’ve fulfilled families under the name Spaulding for Children. We’re proud of all we accomplished as Spaulding for Children, and we’re grateful for the respect and recognition we earned, but we realize we can better serve our families with a title that clearly expresses our vision. For this reason, we changed our name to Arms Wide Adoption Services in May 2017. We’re so excited to see how our new name helps us welcome more families and find more permanent homes for children.

How You Can Join Our Family

Foster and/or Adopt

Attend one of our informational meetings on the first and third Wednesday of every month at 6:00 PM to learn about fostering or adopting through Arms Wide. Click here to learn more about adoption and here to learn more about foster care.


Visit our website for ways to volunteer at our events, or assist with the Angel Room, a space with clothes, toys, and other essentials for kids placed in foster care unexpectedly.


When you give to Arms Wide, you allow us to support kids and families, and offer adoption and foster care services for free.

Attend our Fundraisers

Our Annual Luncheon and Texas Hold ’Em Tournament events help us raise funds and keep our doors open year round. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to keep up-to-date on our upcoming events.