• Devereux Massachusetts

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Therapeutic/Intensive Foster Care

Program Description

Devereux Therapeutic Foster Care is a not-for-profit social service agency that provides foster care services for at-risk children with special emotional, developmental and educational needs. We have offices located in the West Springfield, Holden and Woburn areas, in addition to an office in Warwick R.I. Our foster care program provides services for children between the ages of birth to 22. The majority of our clients are between the ages of 6 to 17. Additional foster care forms:

Our Goal

Our mission is to provide specialized home-based foster care to a diverse population of at-risk children and their families. We utilize a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment that values the child's unique potential. We emphasize innovative program development, teamwork, and clinical excellence. The cornerstone of this delivery system is to assist, serve, and respond to our clients, Proctor Parents, and referring agencies

Referral Sources

The majority of our referrals are through the Department of Children and Families (DCF) in Massachusetts and the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) in Rhode Island. We also receive referrals from the Department of Mental Health (DMH) and the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DDS).

The Children We Serve

The children who we serve may have had histories of abuse, both physical and sexual, neglect, or may have witnessed other forms of violence in the home. Because of these reasons, the children are removed from the home and are placed in foster care where they can become healthier while they work on their treatment goals.

Length of Stay

Children stay in foster care until they have reached their treatment goals and are ready to enter into their permanency plan. Possible permanency plans may be: (1) Reunification with the biological parents, (2) Adoption, or (3) Independent living. In cases where the goal is Reunification with biological parents, the child’s parents must also meet the goals on their plans in order to have their child return to them.

Foster Parent Benefits

Devereux’s foster parents are offered many benefits for their services. These include:
  • Generous tax free weekly stipend
  • $1000 new foster parent referral bonuses
  • Foster Parent Liability Insurance
  • Up to 8 days of paid respite
  • Extensive support systems
  • Free pre-and in-service training.

Minimum Qualifications

Potential Foster Parents must meet the following qualifications
  • At least 21 years of age
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Reliable Transportation
  • Ability to speak, read and write English
  • All foster parents must undergo a Criminal Background Check
  • Applicants cannot run a daycare out of their home, or have any more than three children

Contact Information

Feel free to contact us at anytime should you have questions or comments and friendly representative will help you.

Central Massachusetts Area

Holden Office
Regional Manager:
Kathleen McCarrick,MS
688 Main Street
Holden, MA, 01520
Phone: (508) 829-6769
Fax: (508) 829-7798

Western Massachusetts Area

West Springfield Office
Regional Manager:
Karen Richardson, MSW
425 Union Street
W. Springfield, MA, 01089
Phone: (413) 734-2493
Fax: (413) 734-2495

Metro Boston Area

Woburn Office
Regional Manager:
Miryan Diaz-Yacavone, M.S., HSCP
800 W. Cummings Park, Suite 3700
Woburn, MA 01801
Phone: (781) 939-3192
Fax: (781) 939-3195

Rhode Island

Warwick Office
Regional Manager: Daniele Imbornone-Gallagher, M.ED.
2346 Post Road, Suite 103
Warwick, R.I., 02886
Phone: (401) 734-9680
Fax: (401) 734-9685

Lincoln Office
Assistant Regional Manager: Jennifer Young
6 Blackstone Valley Place
Lincoln, RI  02859
Phone:  (401) 305-7770
Fax: (401) 305-7772


Timothy Kelley, M.A.
Director of Therapeutic Foster Care
Massachusetts and Rhode Island
Diane Surrette, LICSW
Assistant Director of Therapeutic Foster Care  Massachusetts and Rhode Island  
688 Main Street
Holden, MA 01520
Phone: (508) 829-6769
Fax: (508) 829-7798
You may be just the person we are looking for!

We believe every child deserves a family, and we are looking for all types of caring individuals to open their doors and their hearts to a foster child. Call us today to learn how you can make a difference in the life of a child.

We provide:

1. Comprehensive Training
2. Minimum $350 Weekly Stipend (RI) and $396.13 (MA)
3. 8 Days Paid Respite
4. 24 Hour Unparalleled Support
5. $1,000 Referral Bonus

Click here for an application to become a foster parent.

Additional foster care forms: