Leading National Behavioral Healthcare Provider

Call 1-800-345-1292

  • Amazon Smile
  • Back to School
  • Foster Care
  • Start an Online Fundraiser Today
  • Carl Clark III
  • Autism Success Story

Tweet Share on LinkedIn Send email Print

Devereux foster parents honored by the Adoptive & Foster Parent Association of Georgia

 

The Adoptive & Foster Parent Association of Georgia recently named Devereux Georgia foster parents Shatee and Stacey Cooks as its “Foster Parents of the Year.”

The Adoptive & Foster Parent Association of Georgia (AFPAG) recently named Devereux Georgia foster parents Stacey and Shatee Cooks as its “Foster Parents of the Year.”  

The award, presented during AFPAG’s 45th annual conference in late February, commended the Cooks for providing exceptional foster care services in the state of Georgia. This is not the first time the Cooks have been honored. Last December, they were selected as Devereux Georgia’s “2017 Specialty Foster Care Foster Parents of the Year” for their commitment to youth, and for their partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.    

“We are delighted that Stacey and Shatee Cooks were named AFPAG’s ‘Foster Parents of the Year,’” said Devereux Operating Vice President Gwen Skinner. “They are an outstanding example for all foster parents and they are making a significant difference in the lives of so many children. On behalf of everyone at Devereux Georgia, we honor and celebrate this deserving couple.”

The Adoptive and Foster Parent Association of Georgia (AFPAG) works to unify all foster parents, agency representatives and communities to benefit children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned, and come into the foster care system for a safe, loving environment. Click here to learn more about AFPAG.

Hands-on Devereux experience

What makes the Cooks so successful? Passion, dedication and commitment, along with experience and training that began in 2012, when Shatee Cooks joined the Devereux Georgia team. During his five years with the organization, Shatee Cooks held various roles, including: direct support professional, case coordinator and Project P.L.U.S. (Positive Living with Supports) staff member. Project P.L.U.S. is an independent living group home at Devereux Georgia for young men between the ages of 16 and 21. 

Coupled with these experiences, the Cooks became foster care parents in Devereux Georgia’s Specialty Foster Care program. Specialty Foster Care parents provide nurturing homes and help children live safely in the community while they receive treatment for serious emotional and behavioral challenges. Learn more here.

Foster youth express their thanks

Awards aside, the most gratifying reward is from the couple’s current and previous foster children. Here’s what several youth wrote about their experience with the Cooks.

“The Cooks have helped me in ways I never thought of – they have impacted my life by trying to push me to express my feelings more, and being able to trust people. The most important thing they have done is to stay consistent and reliable. They have never lied to me; if they said they were going to do something, they did it.” 

“The Cooks have been able to shape my life in a way that I feel no other foster home did, and that is by providing a family. They treat me as if I am their own son, as they congratulate me whenever I do well and pick me up when I fall. They even got me to be more confident in myself. The time I have spent here has made it feel as if a weight has been lifted off my back.” 

“The Cooks taught me how to be respectful and how to act right. I know everything they taught me will help me in the future because they taught me how to be a civilized person.” 

“I know many things now that I didn’t know before, like how to tie my shoes, how to cook certain foods, and how to be a kid and not try to be a parent.” 

“Mr. Cooks teaches me how to treat women by showing me how he treats his wife. Mrs. Cooks is the backbone of the house and she is always there when I need her and the first one to correct me when I mess up. Together, they have made my life so much better and I am grateful to have parents, a role model and support system like them.”

Learn about Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health.

 

Latest News

Amy Kelly   Amy Kelly offers back-to-school tips for parents of children with special needs on Our Delaware Valley podcast

Take a listen as Devereux Director of Family and Community Services Amy Kelly, whose daughter has autism, offers back-to-school tips for parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities on the Beasley Media Group’s Our Delaware Valley podcast.

The DECA Program   Webinar replay available: “The DECA Program and Resilience: 20 Years, 20 Questions, 20 Minutes”

View a recording of a webinar featuring Devereux Center for Resilient Children Director Susan Damico as she answers 20 resilience-related questions in just 20 minutes.

Rhea Fernandes, Psy.D.   Rhea Fernandes named one of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2019 Minority Business Leaders

Devereux Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Rhea Fernandes, Psy.D., was selected as a member of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2019 Class of Minority Business Leaders.

Fruits of labor   From seed to harvest: Devereux Pennsylvania CBHS students enjoy the fruits of their labor

Students at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania’s Children’s Behavioral Health Services (CBHS) center are learning what “farm-to-table” truly means.

Red Hook Graduation   The future is bright: Family celebrates son’s graduation from Devereux New York

Lena and Paul Martino credit Devereux New York with helping their son, Cristinel, grow and thrive. Cristinel recently graduated from Devereux New York’s Red Hook School.

Beard Symposium   Devereux’s Jean and Anson Beard Symposium features renowned clinical psychologist Dr. Howard Stevenson

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s Institute of Clinical and Professional Training and Research hosted its 22nd annual Jean and Anson Beard Symposium featuring Dr. Howard Stevenson.

ACRC Conference   Devereux MA/RI staff discuss gender diversity and dialectical behavior therapy at ACRC conference

Devereux Massachusetts and Rhode Island’s Dr. Ashley Warhol and Bernadette Conneely discussed gender diversity and dialectical behavior therapy at the Association of Children’s Residential Centers conference.


More Stories