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Post-Irma update on state of the children
As of the latest storm update Wednesday, September 13, all 1,039 children served by the Devereux Community Based Care child-welfare system have been accounted safe. Devereux CBC and its key subcontracted staff have held daily conference calls since last Wednesday to assess storm readiness. The calls continued after the storm as child-welfare professionals reported on impacts to local service centers and staff, as well as their efforts to reconnect with children and families in care. >>

Tools for Schools gets A+ on its report card
Tools for Schools St. Lucie, the United Way-led drive that puts school supplies in the hands of children who need them, experienced a record increase in donations this summer. More than 10,300 students - or 38 percent of children on free or reduced lunch - received supplies through the program this year. That's a 55 percent increase from 2016. The bulk of the increase came from >>

Local community shares more than 700 haircuts with children in foster care
More than 700 children in the local foster-care system will receive back-to-school haircuts this fall thanks to Hair Cuttery, the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country. The donation comes through the company's Share A Haircut program, a national campaign that gives >>

County Director Model rolls out in Indian River County
Devereux Community Based Care congratulates Caryn Toole for her recent promotion to Indian River County Director – a post that gives her oversight of child-welfare operations at the local level. Toole has 15 years of experience working in child welfare on the Treasure Coast, starting her career in case management for the Florida Department of Children and Families before transitioning to >>

Stuff the Bus hauls in busloads of school supplies
Volunteers collected nearly 6,000 school supplies and more than $2,000 Saturday, during the 13th annual Stuff The Bus event, located at all St. Lucie County Wal-Mart stores. The most items were collected by Team Devereux Community Based Care, which hosted the collection at the Port St. Lucie store on U.S.1. "We're really proud of our contribution," said Christina Kaiser, community relations director for Devereux Community Based Care, the organization that >>

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