Leading National Behavioral Healthcare Provider

Call 1-800-345-1292

  • Safety Banner
  • ASCEND Program
  • July awareness
  • Devereux News
  • Who we help
  • Careers at Devereux
  • Inspirational messages of Hope banner

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

The Adoptive & Foster Parent Association of Georgia (AFPAG) recently named Devereux Georgia foster parents Stacey and Shatee Cooks as its “Foster Parents of the Year.”  

The award, presented during AFPAG’s 45th annual conference in late February, commended the Cooks for providing exceptional foster care services in the state of Georgia. This is not the first time the Cooks have been honored. Last December, they were selected as Devereux Georgia’s “2017 Specialty Foster Care Foster Parents of the Year” for their commitment to youth, and for their partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.    

“We are delighted that Stacey and Shatee Cooks were named AFPAG’s ‘Foster Parents of the Year,’” said Devereux Operating Vice President Gwen Skinner. “They are an outstanding example for all foster parents and they are making a significant difference in the lives of so many children. On behalf of everyone at Devereux Georgia, we honor and celebrate this deserving couple.”

The Adoptive and Foster Parent Association of Georgia (AFPAG) works to unify all foster parents, agency representatives and communities to benefit children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned, and come into the foster care system for a safe, loving environment. Click here to learn more about AFPAG.

Hands-on Devereux experience

What makes the Cooks so successful? Passion, dedication and commitment, along with experience and training that began in 2012, when Shatee Cooks joined the Devereux Georgia team. During his five years with the organization, Shatee Cooks held various roles, including: direct support professional, case coordinator and Project P.L.U.S. (Positive Living with Supports) staff member. Project P.L.U.S. is an independent living group home at Devereux Georgia for young men between the ages of 16 and 21. 

Coupled with these experiences, the Cooks became foster care parents in Devereux Georgia’s Specialty Foster Care program. Specialty Foster Care parents provide nurturing homes and help children live safely in the community while they receive treatment for serious emotional and behavioral challenges. Learn more here.

Foster youth express their thanks

Awards aside, the most gratifying reward is from the couple’s current and previous foster children. Here’s what several youth wrote about their experience with the Cooks.

“The Cooks have helped me in ways I never thought of – they have impacted my life by trying to push me to express my feelings more, and being able to trust people. The most important thing they have done is to stay consistent and reliable. They have never lied to me; if they said they were going to do something, they did it.” 

“The Cooks have been able to shape my life in a way that I feel no other foster home did, and that is by providing a family. They treat me as if I am their own son, as they congratulate me whenever I do well and pick me up when I fall. They even got me to be more confident in myself. The time I have spent here has made it feel as if a weight has been lifted off my back.” 

“The Cooks taught me how to be respectful and how to act right. I know everything they taught me will help me in the future because they taught me how to be a civilized person.” 

“I know many things now that I didn’t know before, like how to tie my shoes, how to cook certain foods, and how to be a kid and not try to be a parent.” 

“Mr. Cooks teaches me how to treat women by showing me how he treats his wife. Mrs. Cooks is the backbone of the house and she is always there when I need her and the first one to correct me when I mess up. Together, they have made my life so much better and I am grateful to have parents, a role model and support system like them.”

Learn about Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health.

 

Latest News

Golfers for Devereux Pennsylvania's presenting sponsor, Independence Blue Cross   A 'tee-rific' time: Annual Golf Classic raises nearly $160,000 for Devereux Pennsylvania

More than 200 golfers putt for a purpose at Devereux Pennsylvania's 37th annual Golf Classic. The event, held at the Philadelphia Cricket Club in Flourtown, Pennsylvania, raised nearly $160,000 to support children, adolescents and adults served by the organization in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Justin   'I've come a long way:' Justin credits Devereux MA/RI with helping him learn new skills, thrive

Among the New England Patriots and other sports memorabilia adorning the walls of Justin's room at a Devereux Massachusetts and Rhode Island group home for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, are certificates and awards, commending him on various life achievements

Dad and daughter watering plants   Nurture your resilience: Discover ways to keep your pitcher full this summer

As we spend time with our family and friends this summer, the Devereux Center for Resilient Children offers resilience-building tips to keep our pitchers full – and to fill our children's cups with all they need to flourish

Lucas Cepeda   Dr. Rhea Fernandes named one of the 2024 Philadelphia Titan 100

Devereux is thrilled to announce that Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Rhea Fernandes, Psy.D., was recently selected as a 2024 Philadelphia Titan 100. The Titan 100 program, presented by Titan CEO and headline sponsor Wipfli LLP, recognizes Philadelphia's top CEOs and C-level executives for their exceptional leadership, vision, passion and influence in their field.


More Stories