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Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Program

Children and adolescents are being sold into a $150 billion annual market for sex and labor.  This is happening globally, and domestically; in urban and suburban areas.  Florida is ranked 3rd in the nation for the most calls to the national hotline for trafficking cases.

Devereux Florida, a part of the Devereux Foundation founded over 100 years ago, has a proven history of providing a wide variety of treatment programs for children who have experienced emotional, physical and sexual trauma.  Devereux’s program model is based on advanced clinical expertise, evidence based approaches and techniques to help individuals transition from troubled lives to bright futures filled with personal accomplishments and hope.  For over 25 years in Florida, Devereux has offered a full continuum of services for children who are victims of sexual abuse, sexual trauma and more recently sexual exploitation.

Devereux offers a full continuum of services for survivors of sexual exploitation including:

Get Involved

With your help, Devereux can continue to provide a safe, nurturing and therapeutic environment for survivors to receive help. There are several ways you can get involved:

  • Become a Foster Parent - We are currently looking for families to provide foster family treatment to survivors.  Become a foster parent or encourage others to do so.  Call 1-800-DEVEREUX (1-800-338-3738) ext. 77130 or email referral@devereux.org.
  • Help Support Our Kids - Support our children through monetary donations.  We are a not-for-profit organization and can provide you with a donation receipt.  Click here.
  • Become an Advocate - Yet another way you can make a difference.  Inspire your elected officials, speak out and educate others on the growing need for awareness and support.

Our Continuum of Services

With a long history providing services for children who are victims of sexual abuse, sexual trauma and more recently sexual exploitation, Devereux implemented the DELTA program.  Our DELTA program, an enhanced clinical specialty track, provides therapeutic services to specifically address the trauma related to human trafficking.  Some of the fundamental keys to successful treatment outcomes include a protected living environment that offers a sense of security and predictability, as well as specialized treatment strategies that are designed to help individuals understand victimization and eventually empower them to create a different, more meaningful life.

Our DELTA program focuses on research-based prevention initiatives, evidence-based treatment interventions and trauma-informed care approaches and is offered at our Viera Campus and throughout Devereux’s programs.

Viera Campus

The Viera Campus, has earned a reputable history of providing comprehensive treatment for children and adolescents who have experienced emotional, physical and sexual trauma. The Viera Campus offers a serene environment with options of locked and unlocked housing units, trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, individual and group therapy, onsite psychiatric services, 24/7 nursing, specialized case management, in addition to an onsite k-12 accredited school. The fundamental components of this program include gaining an understanding of victimization and eventually empowering survivors to create a different life.

Specialized Therapeutic Group Homes

Specialized therapeutic services to address the unique needs of survivors of sexual exploitation are now available to youth who are placed in Devereux Florida’s Specialized Therapeutic Group Homes (STGH).  Our gender specific STGH, one male and one female home, provide growth and development through assessment, treatment planning and therapeutic services in a 12-bed community residential setting.  Youth participating in this program are offered a wide range of services including trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, individualized psychiatric services and applied behavior analysis.  Each survivor will receive positive behavioral support to address his or her needs and empower them to make safe choices.  The goal of the program is to prepare the youth for reintegration into a family or independent living environment.

Residential Group Care

The Devereux Residential Group Care serves CSEC survivors between 13 - 17 years of age on a short-term basis who are in need of behavioral healthcare services in a residential setting.  Devereux Florida operates under the belief that survivors can make changes in their lives and levels of functioning through receiving high level, timely, consistent and stable treatment.  The Residential Group Care Program provides a safe environment as well as an opportunity to internalize change, develop self-discipline and self-esteem.  The program encourages the practice of independence and social skills, as well as other behaviors needed to be successful in life.

Foster Care

After 25 years of operation in over 35 counties, Devereux Florida’s DELTA Foster Care Program is available for children in traditional, therapeutic and specialized therapeutic levels of foster care.  Varying levels of services and support are provided to each DELTA foster family. Foster families are specially trained, receiving trauma-focused clinical training in the area of sexual exploitation and are directly supported by a treatment team composed of a  psychiatrists, therapists, behavioral analysts and case managers, as directed by the treatment team.  This specialty foster care program is uniquely designed to provide a safe family environment for survivors who do not require higher levels of care.

Outpatient Counseling

The Devereux Family Counseling Center provides outpatient therapeutic services to survivors of commercial sexual exploitation, as well as therapeutic counseling and support for family members, through the DELTA counseling program.  The program offers intensive wraparound services which includes trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, individualized clinical treatment, as well as individual and group therapy through a multidisciplinary team of professionals.  Our multidisciplinary team of professionals includes psychiatrists, specialized therapists, behavior analysts and targeted case managers, all supported through a CSEC consultation model.

 

Contact Us

For additional information on our residential and foster care programs or to make a referral, call the Central Referral Unit at 1.800.DEVEREUX (800.338.3738) ext. 77130 or email referral@devereux.org.

For more information or to make a referral for outpatient counseling services, please call 321.441.1030.

How to Report Possible Trafficking:

  • If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911.
  • If you suspect a child is being sexually exploited/trafficked in Florida, please call the Florida DCF Hotline: (800) 96-ABUSE (22873)
  • If you suspect a child or adult is being trafficking out of the state of Florida, please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline: 888-3737-888