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Devereux Pennsylvania Foster Care 

As part of the Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pennsylvania continuum of care, our foster care programs operate with the belief that all individuals deserve a loving, supportive and nurturing family – and a positive home environment – to help them reach their unique potential. 

Devereux impacts the lives of thousands of children in the foster care system every year. We care for youth – from infancy to 21 years of age – who have been removed from their biological families due to abuse or neglect, and who have been diagnosed with emotional, behavioral and/or cognitive differences. 

Foster care services – offered in Pennsylvania – include:

  • Traditional Foster Care: Foster care homes for children and adolescents that provide 24-hour crisis consultation and support to families through our professional staff, as well as in-home assistance and foster parent support groups. In addition, we accept mother/baby referrals.
  • Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC): Specially-trained foster parent homes that provide a stable, supportive and highly-supervised home environment for children and adolescents with medical, psychological, social and emotional needs, including youth diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorders.
  • Treatment Family Program: Specialized, intensive foster care services for youth diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorders. Treatment parents are supported in a variety of ways, including: service training, support groups, respite care and 24-hour consultation services.
  • Adult Therapeutic Foster Care: Foster or life-sharing homes specifically designed for adults diagnosed with developmental differences and/or mental illness who need support with daily activities in a family-based setting.
  • Respite Care: Foster homes offer planned respite care for youth – both in the foster care system and the community – to prevent out of home placements. Devereux also offers respite care for adults in our foster care programs.  

Foster parent training

Foster parents are a critical part of each foster child’s “team” and are trained to: 1) provide a nurturing, caring and structured environment within their homes, and 2) care for those who may have challenging behaviors or special needs. 

All Devereux foster parents/providers undergo rigorous screening and testing before admission into our program. Foster parents/providers complete 30 hours of pre-service training and 24 hours of annual training after they become foster parents. Note: All families are trained at the TFC level. 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. 

Together Facing the Challenge

In 2020, the Devereux Pennsylvania Children’s Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services (CIDDS) Philadelphia foster care program was recertified in the Together Facing the Challenge evidence-based model for therapeutic foster care, developed by Duke University. Together Facing the Challenge (TFTC) certification allows Devereux Pennsylvania CIDDS to provide independent TFTC training and consultation to its therapeutic foster parents.

What is TFTC? TFTC is a training and consultation approach that improves practices in treatment foster care (TFC). Program goals include: implementing effective parenting techniques, preparing youth for their future by teaching independent living skills, creating a positive home environment and improving outcomes for youth served in therapeutic foster care settings. Learn more about TFTC.

Foster parent resources

All Devereux foster parents receive support from a variety of resources to prevent and reduce stress and family crisis, including:

  • Free training and support groups
  • Frequent consultation with our knowledgeable staff who have expertise working with individuals
    with emotional, behavioral and/or cognitive differences
  • Comprehensive mental health services for the child; medical care is paid by the state
  • Paid respite care and financial assistance to help with the child’s food, clothing and personal allowance 

We seek a diverse pool of foster parents who reflect our diverse clientele. Devereux welcomes single, married, partnered, or cohabitating individuals to become foster parents. 


The Devereux Pennsylvania Foster Care program is a member of the Foster Family-based Treatment Association (FFTA) and includes the latest evidence-based practices into its daily practices.  

Questions and more information

For more information, please contact our Devereux Pennsylvania Director of Foster Care Services:

Elizabeth Smith
Director of Foster Care Services

Main office: (215) 864-6666
(267) 338-1186