Facts and figures

The Children’s Center story is so much more than facts and figures—it’s the product of the unique way we see the world and how and where our children and families heal, grow, and thrive. As long as we keep that in mind, we can use relevant data to sharpen our message and strengthen our story. Here are a few, current statistical highlights.


Our mission

To help children and families shape their own futures.

Our brand promise

To help children dream again.

The magnitude of need

More than 100,000 children in Greater Detroit are vulnerable to mental health disorders, abuse, neglect and poverty.

Consider the following:

  • 1 in 5 children have a diagnosable mental disorder
  • Autism is the fastest growing diagnosis in the country: 1 in 68 children (5 times more common among boys; 1 in 42)
  • Every 28 seconds a child is placed in foster care
  • Every 18 minutes a child is abused or neglected
  • Less than 50% of greater Detroit’s children arrive to kindergarten ready-to-learn

Quick facts

  • Annual Budget: Over $26 million
  • Children served: Nearly 7,500 annually
  • Ages served: Birth through 21
  • Staff: Over 300 therapists, case workers, psychiatrists, psychologists and support staff. Governed by a Board of Directors comprised of civic, community, and business leaders
  • Volunteers: More than 1,000 dedicated volunteers
  • Services: Evidence-based services supported by research-proven outcomes