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News & Media: Archived Stories for 2017

 

October 24, 2017: Permanency team wins excellence award
The Circuit 19 Permanency Roundtable team that reunited a long-estranged mother and daughter earlier this year was awarded for its trailblazing work with the 2017 Child Welfare Excellence Award. Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll presented the award during >>

September 13, 2017: 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. >>

August 31, 2017: 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 >>

August 31, 2017: 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 >>

August 1, 2017: 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 >>

July 19, 2017: 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 >>

July 12, 2017: Foster parenting isn’t always a picnic; sometimes it’s a pool party 
Devereux Community Based Care hosted its annual Foster Family Picnic and Pool Party July 15 at the Gifford Youth Aquatic Center. Nearly 100 foster parents and their children attended the event, which featured >>

July 12, 2017: Stuff the Bus this Saturday
Devereux Community Based Care invites the community to Stuff the Bus from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, July 15, at the Port St. Lucie Wal-Mart on US 1. The event, now in its 13th year, is part of the United Way of St. Lucie County’s Tools for Schools St. Lucie drive, which collects paper, pencils, crayons and other school supplies for needy children from the >>

July 11, 2017: Boy uses bar mitzvah to help children in foster care
More than 100 foster children will receive new pajamas this summer thanks to the generosity of one young man who used his bar mitzvah as an opportunity to help the less fortunate – and to honor his younger adopted sister. Liam Jampol, 13, asked family and friends to bring new children’s pajamas to his bar mitzvah, a >>

July 6, 2017: Good for You, Joyce! New supervisor tapped
Devereux Community Based Care congratulates Joyce Edwards for her recent promotion to dependency case management supervisor in St. Lucie County. Edwards, a graduate from Florida Memorial College, served locally as a case manager for two years. She has more than 17 years' experience working in social services, including posts at >>

June 24, 2017: Albert Wilson plays hard for kids in care
Nearly 200 local children, ages 6-18, attended the Second Annual Albert Wilson Youth Skills Camp, held June 24 at Port St. Lucie High School. All local children were invited to register for the free football camp, but special attention was given to children in >>

June 22, 2017: Sanctuary4Kids lives up to its name
It didn't take long for Sanctuary4Kids to live up to its name. Since opening in April, the shelter has provided temporary emergency shelter to 11 children who were not immediately able to move into more permanent placements. Of those 11 children, two were new to care and nine were at the home as the result of >>

June 15, 2017: Graduation rate continues to climb among YA
The number of young adults served by the local foster care system who graduate high school or receive their GEDs continued its upward climb during the last academic year. The 2016-2017 school year saw an increase in the overall number of students graduating high school from >>

June 15, 2017: Law bans overnight visitation in sober homes
The legislative session - and special session - are now over, and one by one bills intended to improve the lives of vulnerable children are being signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott. One of those bills, HB 329, filed and championed by Stuart Rep. Gayle Harrell, prohibits shared custody plans from requiring a child to visit a parent living in >>

June 12, 2017: Albert Wilson skills camp back for a second year - Children in foster care welcome
Albert Wilson - the bantam wide receiver from St. Lucie County who took college ball and then the NFL by storm - will be back home this summer with his Second Annual Albert Wilson Youth Skills Camp. The camp is scheduled from >>

June 1, 2017: Bring school supplies for free entry to Mets game
The School Supplies for Students campaign - a United Way-led community partnership recently renamed Tools for Schools - has provided school supplies to children in St. Lucie County for 20 years.  It is back for a 21st year, bringing with it a mix of new and familiar community events, including a free day at the Mets. >>

June 1, 2017:Eat at Chipotle – help kids go back to school with supplies
Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support United Way of St. Lucie County. Tell your cashier you’re supporting the cause, and 50 percent of proceeds will benefit the Tools for Schools supplies drive. >>

May 31, 2017: Stuff the Bus or stuff your face – it’s all happening this summer
That last bell of the school year may signal long, lazy days of summer for children throughout the Treasure Coast. It may mean the end of tests and paperwork for teachers. And for parents, it may be a respite from the endless packing of paper-bag lunches. But for the United Way of St. Lucie County, Devereux Community Based Care and other nonprofit organizations everywhere, it means one thing: >>

May 19, 2017: One School kicks off from JBHS production studio
One School One Child, a foster-parent recruitment campaign aimed at teachers and other members of the school community, officially rolled out May 16 from the production studio of Jensen Beach High School. The campaign uses teachers already licensed as foster parents to help recruit new caregivers from among their peers. It's the latest step in >>

May 17, 2017: Special dinner draws more than 100 caregivers
More than 100 local caregivers from foster homes throughout Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast came together last Friday for a rare child-free evening of dinner, dance and high-flying entertainment. The 11th annual event was located at the Santa Lucia River Club at Ballentrae and hosted by Devereux Community Based Care, which oversees the child-welfare community in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties. A photo booth complete with >>

May 12, 2017: Community invited to a Resilience screening - licensing credit available to caregivers who attend
The child may forget, but the body remembers. That's the message behind the new documentary, Resilience. The Exchange Club of the Treasure Coast will screen the documentary for free at 6 p.m., May 25, at the First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach as part of its mission to prevent child abuse. Research has uncovered a dangerous >>

May 12, 2017: Foster parents recognize the impact teachers have in their homes
When Palm City Foster Parent Deana Peterson took in a 5-year-old with a significant reactive attachment disorder, her child’s kindergarten teacher did, too. “I had a choice, but she didn’t,” Peterson said. “She became a partner to us, and that’s made all the difference in our experience as foster parents.”  May is National Teacher Appreciation Month, and local foster parents want to >>

May 4, 2017: Good For You: Supervisor gets excellence award
Devereux Community Based Care congratulates St. Lucie County Case Manager Supervisor Linda Beland, who was recognized recently as one of 16 national Supervisors of Excellence in the Devereux Foundation network. The Supervisory Excellence Award is given each year by Devereux Foundation to honor supervisors throughout the country who >>

May 4, 2017:Three new members join Board of Directors
New to the board are Michelle Llorens, campus administrator for Devereux Viera, and St. Lucie County School Board Members Donna Mills and Kathryn Hensley. Llorens brings more than 20 years’ experience in clinical and behavioral services to the board, which is responsible for governing the child-welfare system in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties. Mills, first elected to >>

April 28, 2017: Foster Parents Rock at Lyngate Park
 Celebrate National Foster Care Month by joining PSL Rocks and Devereux Community Based Care for a special rock-painting event at 10:30 a.m., May 6, at Lyngate Park, in Port St. Lucie. "We'll supply the rocks and paint - you bring >>

April 28, 2017: Local bank joins child abuse prevention efforts
 Florida Community Bank employees and customers raised more than $1,100 for local foster children and presented the donation to Devereux Community Based Care during its Board of Directors meeting April 25. The contribution is part of the bank's FCB Cares program, which was established in 2015 to provide >>

April 21, 2017: Devereux Community Based Care launches One School One Child campaign
A foster-parent recruitment campaign aimed at teachers and other members of the school community officially rolls out May 16 at Jensen Beach High School. Called One School One Child, the campaign will use teachers already licensed as foster parents to help recruit new caregivers from among their peers. It’s the latest step in an ongoing effort to increase >>

April 21, 2017: Junior Leaguers hope pinwheels turn heads, hearts at prevention ceremony
A national symbol of Child Abuse Prevention, the swirling, twirling blue pinwheel has been sprouting in gardens throughout Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast this April in recognition of Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. And just in time for the transition into National Foster Care Month, in May, the Junior League of Martin County will host >>

April 14, 2017: Devereux Community Based Care forms outreach committee and rocks
A committee designed to raise awareness for Devereux Community Based Care and its mission to enhance the safety, permanency and well-being of children in the dependency system met for the first time Friday and hit the ground rolling – with rocks. The first activity organized by the committee is called #DCBCRocks! The activity, which will tie into >>

April 14, 2017: Keys to Independence
A pilot program helping local youth get their driver’s licenses is now the law of the land – or at least the state – thanks to the passage of SB 60 and HB 217. Known as the Keys to Independence Act, the law expands and makes permanent a program specifically aimed at helping youth in the state’s child-welfare system get >>

April 7, 2017: Local events mark Prevent Child Abuse Month
Throughout April, local businesses and service groups are joining the child-welfare community in recognition of National Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. Blue pinwheels - a national symbol of >>

April 7, 2017: Good for You, Charles! Local teen's art selected
The winning artwork for a T-shirt design contest in Key West belongs to a young man who recently returned to the Treasure Coast to begin his transition out of the foster-care system. Charles, 17, had been living in >>

March 30, 2017: Stories come alive in the Storybook Forest
More than 200 people attended the third annual Storybook Forest Saturday, joining Pete the Cat and a host of other beloved characters from children’s literature. The event, done in celebration of Children's Week and National Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month, featured >>

March 27, 2017: Family turns challenge into mission to help foster teens
Ericah Brinson took a long look at her donation-stacked front porch one day and decided something had to be done. So the Martin County foster parent called her sister-in-law and fellow caregiver Sabrina Brinson, and the two went to work. One Facebook post and 48 hours later, the pair had >>

March 27, 2017:  St. Lucie County organization celebrates newest supervisor
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 third annual event, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 25 at Stuart’s Flagler Park, is an exhibit of booths designed to give children an interactive experience with favorite childhood stories. Some of the stories featured include >>

March 27, 2017: Foster-parent recruitment drive going online
Devereux Community Based Care is giving e-recruitment a try in its ongoing pursuit of more foster homes. Foster home recruitment went online earlier this month with the first of a yearlong series of social media ads designed to drive interested Facebookers to >>

March 2, 2017: Foster moms open foster closet for Treasure Coast and Okeechobee caregivers
Ericah Brinson took a long look at her donation-stacked front porch one day and decided something had to be done. So the Martin County foster parent called her sister-in-law and fellow caregiver Sabrina Brinson, and the two went to work. One Facebook post and 48 hours later, the pair had >>

January 27, 2017: 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 third annual event, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 25 at Stuart’s Flagler Park, is an exhibit of booths designed to give children an interactive experience with favorite childhood stories. Some of the stories featured include >>

January 25, 2017: Devereux CBC welcomes new members to board
Devereux Community Based Care of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast proudly welcomes its two newest board members, Donna Follmer and Pat McCoy. >>

January 25, 2017: County management model expands north
A signature feature of the Devereux Community Based Care management model is about to expand into Indian River County. Under the model, a county director oversees child-welfare operations at the county level and reports to Devereux Community Based Care's chief executive officer. The director also serves as >>

January 20, 2017: Innovative program turning life around for kids
Sometimes, an idea just needs to be crazy enough to work. A local team of child-welfare specialists are finding this to be true as they approach the three-year mark of a grand experiment known as the Permanency Roundtable. The Roundtable, established along the Treasure Coast in 2014 with the help of Casey Family Programs, brings together >>

January 20, 2017: Sanctuary offers virtual tour of new home
Guardians for New Futures and Living Faith Church invite the community to a virtual tour of Sactuary4Kids, a temporary shelter for children awaiting placement into foster care. The tour is scheduled from 2-4 p.m., January 22, at Tradition Town Hall, 10799 Civic Lane, Port St. Lucie. Actual tours of the home >>

January 20, 2017: Child welfare advocates travel to Tallahassee to share priorities
Child welfare advocates from throughout the state traveled to Tallahassee last week for Rally in Tally, a kick-off event for the 2017 Legislative Session hosted by the Florida Coalition for Children. Our local team included >>

January 20, 2017: Community's generosity shines brightly in 2016
More than 50 local businesses and community groups coordinated toy drives and collected more than 3,300 gifts for children in foster care, making 2016 one of the most prolific years for toy collection for Devereux Community Based Care. Among the biggest sponsors in the organization's Making Christmas Bright project were >>