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Devereux Pennsylvania Treatment Foster Care Program

Devereux’s Philadelphia Foster Care program is an innovative response to a contemporary societal issue, yet one whose guiding principle is the foundation on which Helena Devereux started her work in 1912: every child can learn and grow in an environment tailored to his or her needs.  Both General Foster Care and Treatment Foster Care are provided within this program.  All families are trained at the TFC level. 

Children, from as young as 1-week to 21-years old, come to the Treatment Foster Care program with emotional and behavioral disorders.  We are also able to accept children as general foster care in certain circumstances, and we also accept mother/baby referrals. For a vast majority of the boys and girls currently served through the TFC program, traumatic circumstances within their family and/or neighborhood often contribute to the interruption of typical child developmental processes.  These circumstances often take the form of abuse and neglect.

Treatment Foster Care, whether provided to children after completion of a more intense level of care or those at risk of placement in a residential setting, provides each child with a stable, supportive, consistent, highly-supervised and attentive home environment.  This setting truly changes lives and inspires the positive potential of each of these children.

Devereux also has a specialized foster care program, called the Treatment Family Program, that serves children and youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.  This program is associated with the Devereux Pennsylvania Children’s Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services (CIDDS).

All foster families undergo rigorous screening and testing before admission into the program.  They are expected to complete 30 hours of pre-service training and 24 hours of annual training after they become foster parents.  As the child spends the greatest part of their time in the home, treatment foster parents become the primary agent of change for their foster children.  Therefore, it is most crucial that Devereux provides treatment foster parents with every possible resource and educational opportunity to secure their effectiveness. Devereux’s full-time trainer delivers ongoing education monthly in the homes of our parents, enabling the education to be personalized to each foster family.  The Devereux Foster Care program is a member of the Foster Family-based Treatment Association (FFTA) and includes the latest evidence-based practices into its daily functioning. For example, the Devereux foster care team recently was awarded a 3-year grant to integrate the PBIS model into the foster family training. The implementation of this model began in the fall of 2013.

For more information please contact the Director of Foster Care services:

Mike Moleski
Director of Foster Care Services
215-965-5772
mmoleski@devereux.org