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Building Lifelong Connections

foster care parentAll foster parents share a deep commitment to being that positive force for an individual in need. Yet the journey to becoming a foster parent is different for everyone. For some, it’s rooted in a profound calling to give back to their communities. Others feel the potential that lies in opening their loving home to a child. For most, it’s an opportunity to create a connection with a child that can last a lifetime. Foster care can lead to reunification, adoption or independent living – all meaningful outcomes that can help set a child on the path to becoming the person they were meant to be.

Starting a family is always a momentous decision.

At Devereux, we are committed to supporting our parents and children as they build the skills and connections needed to forge lasting relationships. For individuals who are considering becoming foster parents, understanding what that lifelong journey can look like is tremendously valuable.

“Every child needs and deserves to know what it’s like to be part of a loving family that won’t give up on them so they can become physically and emotionally healthy – and happy – adults.” - Devereux Massachusetts and Rhode Island Therapeutic Foster Care Regional Director Danielle Gallagher M.Ed., LMHC

Foster Parents Follow Many Paths

All foster parents serve as mentor, teacher, role model and more for the children in their care. Devereux places a high value on supporting parents in these roles, providing coaching to utilize strategies to increase positive behaviors and change challenging behaviors. Devereux’s Therapeutic Foster Care program is designed to meet this critical need for children facing emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences.

Devereux’s foster care services are rooted in practices designed to meet the unique needs of these individuals, and help them reach their full and unique potential. In caring for each youth, we emphasize teamwork and clinical excellence, and provide robust training in evidence-based parenting skills to help best position foster parents and children for long-term success.

Like any parenting relationship, it’s a significant commitment that requires hard work and deep dedication. Devereux supports foster parents who make this commitment by providing:

  • Generous, tax-free weekly stipend
  • Company-paid foster parent liability insurance
  • Extensive training
  • 24-hour on-call professional support
  • Paid respite

Adoption Through Foster Care

The entire team at Devereux places an unwavering focus on giving foster parents the skills and resources they need to be that positive force in a child’s life. In some cases, foster parents decide to make that connection permanent with a desire for adopting out of foster care.

Like the decision to become a foster parent in the first place, adoption is one of the most significant decisions a person can make – it can be the defining choice of their life. Devereux makes sure that foster parents considering adoption have all the information and support needed to make the right choice and take the right steps.

“I look at the growth from when we first got our kids to where they are today, and it is nothing short of amazing. We look back and say to each other, ‘We did that!’” - Devereux foster parents who decided to adopt

Begin a Lifelong Connection

Every foster family is a little bit different, each with its own story. Whether that story ends with adoption, reunification or independent living, foster parents have the unique experience of knowing they’ve had a lifelong impact on an individual and forged a deep bond that will never be broken. Devereux takes great pride in its role in supporting these connections and giving foster parents and children the support and resources they need to be successful.