Child Welfare / Foster Care
As part of the Devereux Advanced Behavioral
Health network and continuum of care, our foster care programs operate with the
belief that all individuals deserve a loving, supportive and nurturing family –
and a positive home environment – to help them reach their unique potential.
Devereux impacts the lives of thousands of
individuals in the foster care system every year. We care for children – from
infancy to 21 years of age – who have been removed from their biological
families due to abuse or neglect, and who have been diagnosed with emotional,
behavioral and/or cognitive differences. Our foster care programs also offer
services for adults who have been diagnosed with mental illness.
Foster care services – offered in Arizona,
Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts/Rhode Island, New Jersey,
Pennsylvania and Texas – include:
- Traditional Foster Care (AZ, FL, PA,
TX): Foster care homes for children and adolescents
provide 24-hour crisis consultation and support to families through our
professional staff, as well as
in-home assistance and foster parent support
groups. In Pennsylvania, we accept mother/baby referrals.
- Therapeutic Foster Care (AZ, FL, GA,
MA/RI, NJ, PA, TX): Specially-trained foster parent homes
that provide a stable, supportive and highly-supervised home environment for
children and adolescents with medical, psychological, social and emotional
needs, including youth diagnosed with intellectual and developmental
disabilities (I/DD) and/or Autism Spectrum Disorders.
- Treatment Family Program (PA): Specialized,
intensive foster care services for youth diagnosed with I/DD and/or Autism
Spectrum Disorders. Treatment parents are supported in a variety of ways, including:
service training, support groups, respite care and 24-hour consultation
- Adult Therapeutic Foster Care (AZ, FL,
PA): Foster or life-sharing homes specifically
designed for adults diagnosed with developmental differences and/or mental
illness who need support with daily activities in a family-based setting.
- Respite Care (AZ, PA): Foster
homes offer planned respite care for youth – both in the foster care system and
the community – to prevent out of home placements. Devereux also offers respite
for adults in our foster care programs.
Additional child welfare
- Parent Aide (AZ): Devereux Arizona connects
youth and families in Pima County by providing transportation services,
supervised visitation and parenting support to youth, infants to age 18, and
families involved with the Department of Child Safety (DCS). Visits are held in
our family center – Emma’s House – which offers a safe, family-friendly
environment for children and their parents.
Parent / Provider Resources
Devereux foster parents/providers are a critical part of each foster
individual’s “team” and are trained to: 1) provide a nurturing, caring and
structured environment within their homes, and 2) care for those who may have
challenging behaviors or special needs.
Devereux foster parents/providers receive support from a variety of resources
to prevent and reduce stress and family crisis, including:
- Free training and
- Frequent consultation
with our knowledgeable staff who have expertise working with individuals
with emotional, behavioral and/or cognitive differences
- Comprehensive mental
health services for the individual; medical care is paid by the state
respite care and financial assistance to help with the individual’s food, clothing
and personal allowance
seek a diverse pool of foster parents/providers who reflect our diverse
clientele. Devereux welcomes single, married, partnered, or cohabitating individuals
to become foster parents/providers. In addition, Devereux works closely with LGBT foster and
adoptive families. As a result of our efforts, our Arizona, Florida and Georgia
centers hold the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) “HRC All Children – All Families
Seal of Recognition.”
Please visit our center pages for more details on specific foster
care programs and services.