Our Story

Mission and Vision

Arms Wide Adoption Services’ mission is to transform the lives of children in need of safe and nurturing adoptive families.

Our vision is to be the center of choice for CPS child placement, adoption education, and post permanency family support.

About Us

At Arms Wide Adoption Services, we begin with the child in mind. Each child is unique and the journey to finding the right family and home can be unpredictable. We expertly guide Greater Houston and South Texas families through the process, connecting each child to the right family and supporting them along the way and beyond. No matter where the path leads, Arms Wide honors the story of every family and celebrates with a family fulfilled.

Our team embraces each family with warmth and compassion and holds their hand through the process, whether they are coming for foster care, adoption or post adoption services.

Arms Wide Adoption Services offers:

  • Adoption and foster care services for no fee
  • Experience placing more 2,100 children in permanent, loving adoptive homes
  • Specialization in placing older children, sibling groups, minority children and children with physical, mental or emotional disabilities or delays, who often wait longer than their peers to be adopted
  • A 40-year history of personalized, honest adoption-competent programming for children and families
  • A 30-year history of supportive post adoption services to children and families
  • Programs in English and Spanish

To learn more about Arms Wide, how to foster or adopt a child, apply for post adoption services or make a donation, please contact us at our Houston office at   713-681-6991 or at our Corpus Christi office at   361-850-8200.

You can also reach us toll-free at   1-800-460-6298. Arms Wide Adoption Services – Fulfilling Families.


A non-profit organization with a 40 year history, Arms Wide Adoption Services is deeply committed to transforming the lives of children in need of safe and nurturing adoptive families.

Arms Wide Adoption Services was originally established in 1977 in Houston, Texas as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under its parent organization, the Christian Child Help Foundation, to launch a program to aid the overwhelming number of children who were removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect and placed in the protective custody of the State of Texas’ foster care system. In 1980, the agency changed its name to Spaulding for Children, received its own Child Placement License and became an autonomous, secular agency with its own Governing Board of Directors. In 2000, Spaulding for Children merged with the Christian Child Help Foundation, absorbing its parent organization.

In 2017, Spaulding for Children rebranded as Arms Wide Adoption Services. We are incredibly proud of the reputation we built with the Spaulding for Children name – expertly finding children the right family and permanent home through a personal and honest approach. We did this successfully for 40 years, and while we are now called Arms Wide Adoption Services, we are the same people who made Spaulding for Children a credible organization built on trust and personal attention. We look forward to continuing to build on our reputation as Arms Wide Adoption Services over the next 40 years and beyond.

Since its inception, Arms Wide has placed more than 2,100 children in permanent adoptive homes. Foster care, adoption, post adoption and post permanency services originated through the agency’s Houston office, which serves Harris County and the 12 surrounding counties in the Greater Houston area. In 2003, collaborative funding sources allowed Arms Wide to establish its first satellite office in Corpus Christi, Texas. From this base, South Texas staff places children throughout the state’s 19 southernmost counties. Today, Arms Wide’s Houston and South Texas offices serve a combined total of 32 counties, which are home to approximately one third of the state’s population.