Devereux Awarded $125 Million DCF Contract
Devereux has been awarded a five year, $125 million
contract to provide child welfare services in Martin, St. Lucie,
Indian River and Okeechobee counties.
This contract with the Department of Children and Families
(DCF) will establish Devereux as the community-based care
lead agency serving DCF’s Southeast Region. Read more
Combatting Human Trafficking & Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children
Did you know children are being bought, traded, sold and smuggled to perform sexual acts
against their will? It is estimated over 325,000 children in the United States, Canada and
Mexico are at risk each year for becoming victims of sexual exploitation. Human trafficking is
perhaps one of the most unimaginable practices in existence today. Read more
Brighten the Holidays of Children in Need.
For some, this season can be very difficult. Imagine you are a child who has been beaten, abused, neglected or who needs to be removed from your home. The only thing you can take with you is what can fit in a small trash bag. Read more
Help at Your Fingertips
With an updated look and feel, the new Devereux Florida website gives you easier access to services and program information. Visitors to
devereuxfl.org are greeted by easy-to-navigate pages with specialized
sections for individuals and family members, referral sources, foster
families as well as donor and community members. Read more
Pep Rally to Promote Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports
The Viera Campus held a campus-wide fun-filled pep rally to launch its new Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Program (PBIS), which is a new innovative program designed to address the behavioral needs of all children by organizing services on the Viera Campus. PBIS emphasizes prevention and teaching. Read more
It Starts With You!
Faces of Devereux
Did you know about 1 in 4 adults suffer from some type of mental health disorder in a given year? There is no single known cause of depression, but it likely results from a combination of genetic, biochemical, psychological or environmental factors. For more information, visit www.mentalhealthscreening.org.
Preparing Students for Academic Success - One Backpack
Sadly, there are kids throughout Florida who depend on loving caretakers to cover the costs of their needs. Extras like backpacks and school supplies fall to the bottom of the list when money runs short. In order to help provide relief for these children and their
caretakers, Devereux Florida once again hosted its Back to School Supply Drive. Read more
Winter Commencement Ceremony Held at the Viera Campus
The Devereux School, at the Viera Campus, held a special graduation ceremony last week to
honor two of our residential students on successfully earning their high school diplomas. Read more
The Cure for an Empty Nest
After years of raising her own kids, Rose missed the afternoons of homework and sports, family
dinners in the evenings and weekends splashing in the pool. She simply couldn’t imagine her home
without children. “I missed having fun with kids, hearing their laughter and helping them through the difficulties of growing up,” she recalls. Read more
Answer the Call. Make a Difference in a Child’s Life.
According to the National Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System for the National Children's Bureau, there are about 382,400 children and youth currently in foster care in the United States and approximately 104,200 are available for adoption. For more information, call 1.855.LUV.KIDS (1.855.588.5437) or email FLLoveAChild@devereux.org.
Quick Action Saves Resident’s Life
At Devereux Florida’s Viera Campus, residents receive the care and support they need especially in times of crisis. For a
17-year-old patient in the center’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) Program, her close ties to Devereux
caregivers not only helped her overcome physical and emotional challenges … they have saved her life. A couple months ago, she survived a massive seizure thanks to the skill, attentiveness and compassion of direct care team members at the Viera Campus. Read more
Holiday Gift Drive
Help ensure every child experiences the magic of the holiday season. For more information visit,
National Slavery &Human Trafficking
Awareness Month January -
Make a move to end human trafficking and slavery.
Become an advocate this
February 4th - 8th, 2014
counseling! Show your
support this week by
saying thank you to a
counselor or writing to
your school board.
Art With A Heart
February 8th, 2014
An elegant date night with
an artful twist to benefit
Devereux Florida. For
more information, visit
Faces of Devereux
Welcome Dr. Pozzi
Devereux Florida would like to welcome Carlos Pozzi, Ph.D., as the new Clinical Director for Devereux Florida. “We are very fortunate to have recruited a
leader with the vision, skills and experience in working with the populations we serve,” says
Devereux Florida’s Executive Director Steven J. Murphy. “Dr. Pozzi is a dedicated clinician. We look forward to collaborating with him to accelerate or clinical expertise, while ensuring the
highest standards in patient care.”
Kudos to Mick Hanson
Devereux Florida would like to congratulate Mick Hanson, LMHC, clinical supervisor for Devereux Foster Care Brevard. He was awarded a $3,500
scholarship to attend the private Trust-Based Relational
Intervention (TBRI®) training for agency professionals in Ft. Worth, Texas.
TBRI® is an emerging
intervention model for a wide range of childhood behavioral problems. It is based on a solid foundation of neuropsychological theory and research, tempered by humanitarian principles. It is a family-based approach and helps create healing environments for children who have come from
The Art Corner
This imaginative artwork was created by a Devereux child.