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News & Media: Archived Stories for 2015

December 31, 2015: Children’s event to bring story books to life
Vendors are coming out in force to participate in next month’s Storybook Forest, bringing with them a host of beloved children’s fairytale characters. The second annualevent, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. January 23 at Stuart’s Flagler Park, is an exhibit of >>

December 4, 2015: Local family rallies the troops in Tallahassee
The halls of Florida's Capital were brimming with the excited chatter of children, young adults, caregivers and child-welfare professionals who gathered in Tallahassee this week for the second annual Rally in Tally. Among them were the Fennell-Martin Family, a Martin County adoptive family who braved the >>

November 18, 2015: Caregiver Spotlight - Bethany and Brian Elias
Throughout the year, we've brought you stories of our caregivers - the men and women who dedicate their lives to the abused, abandoned and neglected children of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast. This week, we turn the spotlight on Bethany and Brian Elias, foster parents from Martin County. Why did you become foster parents? We wanted to >>

October 30, 2015:  Local youth advocate honored at statewide reception
Local youth advocate Janice Goldsberry was recognized this week during a ceremony honoring young people who work on behalf of children in the foster-care system. Florida's Children First presented its Outstanding Youth Advocate Award to Goldsberry during >>

October 30, 2015: Devereux CBC welcomes its newest provider - Mount Bethel
Devereux CBC welcomes Mount Bethel to its child-welfare system this November, when it becomes the fourth child-placing agency to start recruiting, training and licensing foster families in the area. >>

October 23, 2015: Case management staff recognized for excellence in supervision
Desiraee Thomas recently was recognized statewide as a Devereux Florida 2015 Supervisory Excellence Award recipient. Devereux CBC and Devereux Florida are part of the Devereux Foundation, one of the nation's oldest providers of behavioral healthcare and, in Florida, child welfare services. Thomas, a Devereux Community Based Care employee, is a case management supervisor in St. Lucie County. According to Devereux Florida and Thomas' nomination application >> 

October 23, 2015: Local youth Anthony Williams finds internship at East Coast Kids
Devereux CBC is proud to announce the latest in a long line of youth success stories: Anthony Williams, a student in Devereux CBC's Road to Success program, which prepares teens and young adults for life outside of foster care, recently was awarded an internship with East Coast Kids. He began the internship this summer as an editor for ECK, a youth-driven, online publication showcasing >>

October 13, 2015: Exhibitors needed for 2016 Storybook Forest
The creators of this year’s Storybook Forest are ready to turn the page and begin a new tale of early learning in 2016 – but they need the help of local vendors to get things started. “We’re taking applications from any children’s services providers who want to >>

September 25, 2015: Child services professionals gather at summit to tackle common problems
It started with a tray of cupcakes and a simple question: “What can we do to help you serve children better?” Three months, five panelists and 75 experts later, that question is now the basis for at least some of Rep. Gayle Harrell’s 2016 legislative focus. The Stuart-based Republican hosted the Department of Children and Families/Department of Juvenile Justice Crossover Kids Summit September 23. The purpose of the summit >>

September 4, 2015: Study to follow 1,500 new hires in child welfare for five years
Beginning this month, Devereux CBC and all the state's Lead Community Based Care Agencies will participate in a five-year study of newly hired child-welfare professionals. The study will follow select case managers and child-protective investigators for the first five years of their careers in an effort to improve >>

September 4, 2015: Need a Miracle? Just call Devereux CBC's newest youth specialist
Devereux CBC's newest Youth Specialist is Miracle Thomas, a Fort Pierce Central High School graduate setting out to make her experience in foster care matter. Thomas started her new post September 16, a day after >> 

August 7, 2015: Campaign to focus on recruitment of teen foster homes
“Currently, only one teenager is living in a foster home locally,” said Jeandel Georges, Devereux CBC placement supervisor. The rest are in >> 

August 7, 2015: Caregiver Spotlight: John & Rachel Andersen - they said "Yes" to foster parenting
Devereux Community Based Care is featuring foster parents throughout the summer as part of its 25 by 25 campaign to raise awareness of the community's ongoing efforts to recruit foster parents. This week, we introduce you to a newly licensed couple dedicated to helping children in foster care: Meet John and Rachel Andersen. >>

July 20, 2015: Local businesswomen team up to collect school supplies for children in foster care
A local duo of businesswomen are teaming up this summer to raise money for school supplies for children served by the Devereux Community Based Care foster-care system. Kristen DiNonno and Robin Hatfield Osborn are using the online crowd-fundraising platform Youcaring to raise money through >>

July 15, 2015: Devereux CBC opens Diaper Pantry
The Devereux CBC Diaper Pantry is now open and ready to take orders from the Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie County Service Centers. The pantry was made possible by >>

July 15, 2015: Hard work and dedication pay off for these young people
Devereux Community Based Care is proud of the Road to Success program and of the young people whose hard-work and dedication make it successful. Here are just a few of their successes this month >> 

July 10, 2015:Treasure Coast next stop on NexGen Summer Concert Tour
The Treasure Coast is the next stop on a summer concert tour designed to draw attention to the state’s need for more foster homes. 
NexGen, a band composed of >>

July 10, 2015: Jill Poole receives Partner in Caring Award
Jill Poole, Caregiver Support Coordinator for Devereux CBC, was awarded the Partner in Caring Award June 21 during the annual >>
2015 was a banner legislative year for Community Based Care, which saw a $16 million increase to core funding of child-welfare programs throughout the state. >>

July 9, 2015: Devereux CBC collects school supplies for United Way’s Stuff the Bus
Devereux Community Based Care of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast invites the community to “Stuff the Bus” from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 18 at >>

June 11, 2015:
 Community Meets Adoption Goal for the Year
With a month left to go, Devereux CBC has met its adoption goal for the fiscal year. As of May 22, 120 children from Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast have been placed in adoptive homes. The goal was >>

Throughout the month of May, we introduced you to some of our caregivers in celebration of National Foster Care Month and as part of our ongoing 25 by 25 campaign to raise awareness for our area's need for more foster homes. Remember, we are all recruiters! This week, meet Ashley Kidd, a foster parent from St. Lucie County and >>

18 children in local foster care are heading to overnight camp next week, thanks to the Florida Wildlife Commission, which received special funding to send 100 children in foster care to the Everglades Youth Conservation Camp. >>

This week's spotlight is on Amanda and Daniel Gooch, foster parents in St. Lucie County. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please call our foster-parent training and licensing provider >>

June 1, 2015: Fostering Hope Awards Inspired by Local Recruitment Efforts
Fostering Hope awards for extraordinary work in foster-parent recruitment were announced this spring during a series of rallies designed to focus attention on the issues of child abuse, neglect and abandonment. >>

May 28, 2015: Communites Rally for Foster Parent Recruitment: Stuart
It was a full house at the Woman's Club Friday as residents throughout Martin County and the Treasure Coast joined Devereux CBC to kick off this year's 25 by 25 campaign to recruit 25 new foster homes by December 25. Guests were treated to >>

May 26, 2015: Communites Rally for Foster Parent Recruitment: Vero Beach
Indian River County residents turned out in force Friday for the final installment in a community breakfast series designed to rally residents behind the issues of foster care – particularly for the need for additional homes. The breakfast series kicked off >>

May 12, 2015: Communites Rally for Foster Parent Recruitment: Okeechobee
It was a full house at Nutmeg’s May 7th as residents throughout Okeechobee County and the Treasure Coast joined Devereux CBC to kick off this year's 25 by 25 campaign to recruit 25 new foster homes by December 25. Guests were treated to >>

May 8, 2015: Caregiver Spotlight: Price
Devereux Community Based Care is proud of its foster parents and plans to give them the spotlight during the next several months, as we roll out our 25 by 25 campaign to recruit and license 25 foster homes by December 25. This week, the spotlight is on Jenny Price, a foster and adoptive mother in Martin County. >>

March 25, 2015: Caregiver Spotlight: Luecke
Devereux Community Based Care is proud of its foster parents and plans to give them the spotlight during the next several months, as we roll out our 25 by 25 campaign to recruit and license 25 foster homes by December 25. This week, the spotlight is on Ann Luecke, president of the St. Lucie County Foster Parent Association. >>

March 8, 2015: #25by25 campaign to kick off during April breakfast
Devereux Community Based Care this spring will launch a community-wide public relations campaign focusing on the area's need for more foster homes. Called #25by25 >>

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