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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 “.


1. Improving the well-being of children
2. Improving academic results
3. Improving neighborhood safety
4. Expanding positive youth development
5. Improving support to families
6. Building community capacity
7. Achieving Promise Neighborhoods Results


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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Business Hours

Our hours of operation:
24/7 Availability

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

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.
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