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Evergreen’s Community Services program, located in Malden, MA is a non-profit, multi-service option that provides comprehensive foster care services to children ages birth - 22 years.
Our program provides a broad range of progressively more intense services to assist families in their ability to care for and protect their own children, to avoid placement and develop stability.
Foster care services are provided to children ages birth - 22 years, providing highly structured and individualized foster care to children identified as exhibiting a history of abuse, neglect, and/or environmental risk. The intent of foster care services is to provide short- and long-term intervention with the goal of placement in a less restrictive environment. Ideally such an environment would be a return to the natural home. In cases where this is indicated, a permanency plan is developed identifying the most appropriate and least restrictive environment which would best support the child’s needs.
The long-term goals of provision of foster care include:
The short-term goals of provision of foster care include:
The Comprehensive Foster Care program was developed and licensed in 1987 to address the needs of those children who, because of the severity of their emotional/special needs, are at least temporarily unable to be cared for by their own families, or in a traditional foster home. The Comprehensive Foster Care Program is designed to provide structured, goal directed, family-based care for children and adolescents in a clinically effective setting.
Through its history of providing home-based services to families, Evergreen has provided quality services for children and adolescents with a variety of behavioral, emotional, medical and financial needs. All children referred by the Department of Children and Families (ages birth – 18), including persons with developmental disabilities (ages birth – 22) can be considered for Comprehensive Foster Care Services.
Evergreen successfully serves children with the following profiles:
These children and adolescents’ behaviors include: antisocial behavior, delinquency, verbally abusing, running away, eating disordered, hyperactive, promiscuous and school truant or phobic. Children with histories of fire starting, suicidal ideation or prior attempts, and those who have been physically aggressive to others or property, may be placed. Safety considerations for both the children and provider family are paramount in these latter cases.