The notion that not every child has a permanent, loving home in which to be raised is an unthinkable thought to many. Sadly, it is a harsh reality of our times that there are indeed children who are left without a home or parents whom they can call their own. This is particularly true of a small segment of our society, children with special needs. These are often children who have had to endure heartbreaking trauma, physical and sexual abuse, neglect and psychological pain. The need to be loved in a secure, safe home is a universal need, but perhaps it is felt more acutely by these especially vulnerable children. When these at-risk children are taken into protective custody, they become part of a growing pool of children who fill the foster care system. These are also the children who need your help through the compassionate intervention of placement agency, Devereux Therapeutic Foster Care.
Devereux Therapeutic Foster Care is a not-for-profit agency that "provides specialized foster care services for at-risk children with emotional, developmental and educational needs." Devereux's Regional Manager, Danielle Imbornone-Gallagher has the unique privilege of finding homes that can meet the needs of these special children. For Ms. Imbornone-Gallagher, this is more than a job, it is a calling - a charge compelled by a love of children and a conviction that all children deserve to "know what it feels like to be a valued member of a family" - even, and especially, when their lives have already been so difficult. She endeavors to find families who share her conviction and her passion.
Devereux Therapeutic Foster Care is actively seeking families who are willing to open their homes and hearts to a foster child. The standards of this agency are high, but they are upheld to protect both the children and the prospective families. The application, assessment and training process is involved, but is done with sensitivity, expert training and constant support.
The foster families who work with this agency are given extraordinary back-up, as well as many other benefits. Along with the ongoing training and 24/7 support from qualified professionals, foster parents are given a $350 tax-free weekly stipend, company-paid liability insurance, 8 paid respite days and a $1,000 sign-on bonus. Regional Manager Imbornone-Gallagher knows that the strains of this kind of commitment cannot be carried alone, and so works tirelessly with her team to make this a positive, healthy and rewarding experience for all.
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a foster parent, please contact Devereux Therapeutic Foster Care at 734-9680 or visit their website at www.devereuxma.org for a full listing of eligibility criteria and services. Call today to make a difference in the life of a child.