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eNewsletter - March 2018

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Are you interested in learning more about the treatment we provide, the youth we serve, or why Devereux’s mission is so important to your community? If so, we want YOU to attend our Invitational Breakfast on Friday, May 4, from 8:00-9:00 AM. Join us for a catered breakfast and a short program so you can learn more about our mission of unlocking the human potential in each child we serve. Speakers will include Gwen Skinner, Operational Vice-President, and Dr. Yolanda Graham, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s National Executive Director of Mental Health Services and Devereux Georgia’s Medical Director. A walking tour of our Kennesaw, GA campus will be offered after the program. Email Liz Bunder at to reserve your seat today!

Through a partnership with Kennesaw State University, we recently hosted several Young Southeast Asian Leaders Institute (YSEALI) Fellows on our campus for a tour and community project. More than 20 YSEALI Fellows met with Devereux’s staff and worked for several hours cleaning, organizing and drawing inspirational signs in our campus Canteen. Devereux Georgia Advisory Board Member and Kennesaw State University Chief International Officer and Vice-Provost for Global Affairs / Executive Director of the Division of Global Affairs, Dr. Lance Askildson, led a U.S. State Department grant-funded program for the YSEALI Fellows and helped arrange the visit to Devereux.

During their time at Kennesaw State University, the Fellows took classes and participated in dozens of local and national events, all focused on civic engagement, and civil and human rights. Part of the program is also designed to showcase local nonprofits that support vulnerable populations and provide the group with hands-on volunteer opportunities. Devereux Georgia was selected as a volunteer site as it was considered a model that many Fellows would be interested in pursuing, in some form, back in their home countries in Southeast Asia. 

We are delighted to announce that Devereux Georgia’s foster parents, Stacey and Shatee Cooks, were named “Foster Parents of the Year” by the Adoptive and Foster Parent Association of Georgia (AFPAG) during the AFPAG 45th annual conference in Jekyll Island on February 24, 2018. The Cooks were recognized by the AFPAG for providing exceptional foster care services in our state. In addition, Devereux Georgia named the Cooks as the SFC’s Foster Parents of the Year last December, for their commitment to youth and their partnerships with internal and external stakeholders. The Cooks’ outstanding fostering services began with Devereux in June of 2012. Mr. Cooks previously worked with Devereux for 5 years in various roles, including DCP, Case Coordinator, and Project Plus staff. Congratulations to Stacey and Shatee Cooks!


How YOU Can Help

Found on the walls of nearly every room on Devereux’s campus are the words “Be Responsible, Be Respectful and Use Self-Control.” These Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) core expectations are part of the model used for achieving important social and learning outcomes. Clients move through the PBIS four-phase system based upon assessed risk level, level of support needed, demonstration of skills, and level of independence. Each day, clients earn points which are converted into “Devereux Dollars” which are used in the PBIS campus Canteen to purchase tangible reinforcers such as journals, hygiene products, stuffed animals, snacks, etc. Supplies for the Canteen are always needed, especially hygiene products such as full size body wash and shampoo. Interested in supporting our clients by providing supplies to the PBIS Canteen? Feel free to reach out to Liz Bunder at or send Amazon Prime items straight to our clients by making a purchase from our Amazon Wish List.

Don’t forget to save the date for Devereux Georgia’s annual fundraiser, The Hope Event: “The Art of Feelings,” on Thursday, September 20, 2018, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The event, taking place at the Marietta Country Club, includes a reception, music, short program, and a silent auction showcasing artwork created by Devereux children. To be added to the invitation list or to learn about various sponsorship packages, please contact Liz Bunder at or 678-303-2678.





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