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Therapeutic/Intensive Foster Care

Every child deserves a family.

Devereux invites you to open your heart and your home to children who need your love and support.

There are hundreds of children waiting for caring families to welcome them because they have been abandoned, or removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect, or they have lost their families in other tragic circumstances. Through Devereux’s Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) program, you can help.

With offices in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, TFC provides services for children from birth through age 22. The majority of children in care are between ages 6-17.

The children we serve have diverse backgrounds and have been diagnosed with emotional and behavioral issues. Some have medical complications. Our foster care services are specialized to meet the unique needs of these children and help them reach their potential. In caring for each child, we emphasize teamwork and clinical excellence.

One of the greatest benefits of being a foster parent is that you can offer a better life for children who desperately need hope for a brighter future. In addition , you will receive the following:

  • Generous tax free weekly stipend
  • Company paid foster parent liability insurance
  • Extensive training
  • 24 hour on call professional support
  • Up to 8 days paid respite

When children have reached their treatment goals, they move on to their permanency plans, which may be:

  • Reunification with biological parents
  • Adoption
  • Independent living

Click here for our online inquiry

You can do it! We are actively recruiting foster parents. Our dedicated professional staff will help every step of the way.

More information:
Massachusetts residents
Rhode Island residents



Minimum Qualifications For Prospective Parents

  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Reliable Transportation
  • Ability to speak, read and write English
  • Must undergo a Criminal Background Check
  • May not run a daycare out of the home
  • May not have more than 3 children in the home

Helping A Child Find His Voice

Sam spent most of his young life in Liberia. After coming to the U.S. , he had difficulty transition-ing . He had no schooling and trouble communicating. Sam had been with a state foster parent, who could no longer provide a home for him. That is when Tammy stepped in.

Tammy had been a foster parent with Devereux for several years. She knew about Sam’s case and offered to be a resource for him. Tammy found a way to under-stand Sam even when he couldn’t communicate his own needs. Tammy made him feel comforta-ble and safe, and he learned to adjust to his surroundings. Over time, Sam made great progress with his use of the English language and his studies.

Tammy and her family made the difference in Sam’s life. They helped him find his voice, and he will always be extremely grateful for that.

Rescuing A Child

Alex lost her parents at a very young age and she, herself, was wheelchair bound. Her grand-mother found her difficult to care for. When Alex was 10 years old, her grandmother brought her to the local office of the Depart-ment of Children and Families (DCF) and never returned. That day, DCF called Devereux to request an emergency place-ment.

Devereux contacted one of their foster parents, Janet, who agreed to take Alex in that very evening. The plan was for a two-week stay while they determined if this home was a good fit , both for Alex and for Janet’s family.

Weeks turned into months. Janet and Alex bonded almost immedi-ately and neither wanted the placement to end.

Janet’s neighbors were very welcoming as well. They helped build a wheelchair ramp with Janet’s family and were supportive of Alex and her needs.

... 18 years later, Alex is a college and law school graduate. She is able to live on her own but visits Janet often . . . that is, when she is not traveling or planning her next sky diving adventure.



Central Massachusetts

(508) 829-6769 or (877) 466-3305 (toll free)
688 Main Street
Holden, MA 01520  

Kathleen McCarrick, Regional Manager 
Claire Sullivan, Assistant Regional Manager

Western Massachusetts

(413) 734-2493 or (866) 342-6814
425 Union Street
West Springfield, MA 01089  

Karen Richardson, Regional Manager
Christine Schwartz, Assistant Regional Manager

Metro Boston

(781) 939-3192 or (866) 334-3879
400 W. Cummings Park, Suite 2250
Woburn, MA 01801   

Miryan Diaz Yacovone, Regional Manager
Keely Oates, Assistant Regional Manager
Flor Frias, Assistant Regional Manager


Rhode Island


(401) 734-9680
2346 Post Road, Suite 103
Warwick, RI 02886

Danielle Imbornone-Gallagher, Regional Manager
Jennifer Young, Assistant Regional Manager