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Celebrating Our Devereux Families

At Devereux, our families play an integral role in achieving successful treatment and outcomes for children, adolescents and adults living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences. Devereux’s unique approach combines evidence-based interventions with compassionate family engagement to provide practical, effective and efficient care. Look below to read stories celebrating our families, and learn how Devereux provides hope, compassion and healing as we work together, with our families, to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve every day.

 

Mary Pangle   Devereux Florida foster parent retires after 50 years of helping more than 200 youth

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Florida foster parent Mary Pangle retired this summer after providing a loving and nurturing home to more than 200 children over 50 years.

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.

Intensive Family Coaching   Devereux Pennsylvania’s intensive family coaching program helps family

Joaquin and Tina Angles credit Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania’s intensive family coaching program with helping them build a more positive, healthy relationship with their twin boys.

Gwen Skinner   Supported by Devereux, Erin Clemens celebrates graduation from Delaware County Community College

Erin Clemens, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome when she was 15 and receives services through Devereux Pennsylvania, graduated in May from Delaware County Community College.

Autism Day   Erin Clemens: A poem to her parents on World Autism Awareness Day

In honor of World Autism Awareness Day, Erin Clemens, who receives services through Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania, was inspired to write a poem to her parents.

Pennsylvania autism partnership   Local man achieving goals, thanks to Pennsylvania autism partnership

“Since I’ve been here at Devereux, I’ve been seeing what I can do, and what others like me can do.” Read about John Pagnoni and how Devereux Pennsylvania’s CAAPP program is helping make his dreams a reality in this inspiring article - featured in the Chester County Press.

  Autism through a different lens: A sibling’s perspective

“Annie’s influence spreads into every aspect of my life … she has given me the inspiration to make an impact in the world around me.” Read this inspiring and heartwarming article - featured in Autism Journey - from Devereux Director of Family and Community Services Amy Kelly, and her son, Danny.

  Giving back: Family brightens holiday season for youth at Devereux Pennsylvania CIDDS

The holidays are a time of giving, and for Mary and Mark Bainbridge - whose son, Robert, received services through Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health - they are a time of giving back.

  Devereux Pennsylvania’s CAAPP program helps make dreams a reality

Growing up, John Pagnoni had a passion for cooking. He and his grandmother would watch Food Network shows featuring celebrity chefs such as Emeril Lagasse, Bobby Flay and Guy Fieri to gather ideas and learn new skills.

  From receiving care to starting a career: Devereux’s CAAPP program provides hope

Ten years ago, Erin Clemens was struggling with day-to-day activities, relying heavily on family and friends to help guide her through life’s challenges. Going to college or finding employment seemed like unobtainable goals. Then, in 2008, her parents turned to Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health.

  Devereux youth shares moving graduation speech

Justinee Rafter told the Devereux admissions team she was not interested in her education. But thanks to a team of compassionate and caring clinicians, teachers and staff at the Devereux Pennsylvania - Children’s Behavioral Health Services center, three years later - something changed. This summer, Justinee graduated from the Devereux Day School in Malvern, Pa.

  FCC selects Devereux Florida foster parents as its ‘Foster Parents of the Year’

During the Florida Coalition for Children’s (FCC) annual convention in July, the organization selected Devereux foster parents Bobby Sharp and Everett Kamuchey as its “Foster Parents of the Year.”

  Devereux N.Y. holds first ‘Self-Advocate Gala’ for adults with disabilities

This summer, Devereux New York held its first “Self-Advocate Gala” for adults served by the nonprofit behavioral healthcare provider. The gala was coordinated by the organization’s “Adult Self-Advocacy Group.”

  Devereux video: Listening to Our Families

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health has released a new video, in which Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical/Medical Officer Dr. Yolanda Graham interviews parent Andrea McArthur about her experience with our organization.

  Tips for a Successful Family Outing with Your Child with Autism or Developmental Disabilities

Coordinating family activities can be a challenging task for any parent. But when one or more of your children have autism or a developmental disability, a simple walk to the park can become overwhelming, or could even prevent families from enjoying much-needed quality time together.

  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 Stacey and Shatee Cooks as its “Foster Parents of the Year.”

  Family members of Devereux PA youth raise $8,000 for the organization

Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, Devereux is able to continue the vision of its founder - Helena Devereux - to help build a life of resilience, self-fulfillment and happiness for people of all abilities. Recently, Cindy and Matt Puscar raised $8,000 for Devereux Pennsylvania to create a sensory room for youth with special needs.

  When a child asks you to become her adoptive parents …

Although they never fully shared their thoughts about adoption with one another until the opportunity was posed by a 14-year-old child facing foster care, Jason and Jill considered expanding their family.

  Devereux program sees positive outcome for individuals at N.J. group home

At Devereux, our employees work tirelessly, every day, to help the individuals we serve lead productive, positive and socially-connected lives. Recently, Devereux New Jersey team members witnessed extremely rewarding outcomes as a result of implementing the “Devereux Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports” (D-PBIS) methodology in one of its groups homes.

  Adoption completes family just in time for holidays

Learn more about Devereux Arizona foster parents Sydni and Emery Engle - and their adoption journey - in this Arizona Daily Star article.

  Giving thanks: Celebrating Thanksgiving with your Child with Autism

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends, and to give thanks for the many gifts we experience in our lives.

  New York Magazine article features Devereux AZ parents’ foster care journey

According to Sharicka McHenry’s life plan, she’d be married with children by the time she was 30. But by the time she and her wife, Donna, both found out they were medically unable to have biological children, Sharicka was 37. Click here to read this New York Magazine article about Devereux Arizona parents Sharicka and Donna McHenry - and their foster care journey.

  Former Devereux student shares her high school experience

“Devereux taught me that I am appreciated and that I do matter,” said Shante Chapman, a former Devereux Day School student. When Shante was younger, she was labeled a “brawler” who was prone to bouts of anger and fighting. After her freshman year in high school, she and her family made the decision to continue her high school education at the Devereux Day School in Pennsylvania.

  Tips for Navigating the Special Needs World with Your Child’s Doctor

In a two-part series about fostering strong relationships between physicians and children with special needs, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Director of Family and Community Services Amy Kelly shares her experiences - Tips for Navigating the Special Needs World with Your Child’s Doctor - with Philly.com’s Healthy Kids Blog.

  Adoption brings the gift of family to four siblings in foster care

Donna and Sharicka McHenry were satisfied with their lives in Phoenix, Ariz., but something was missing. “We always wanted children,” said Donna. “We wanted one of our own, but we also knew we would go through the foster care process because there are nearly 18,000 children living in the child welfare system in Arizona.” The couple are now parents to four siblings who previously were in foster care.