Dianne Devanna Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
The Dianne Devanna Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect was founded in 1978 by Braintree community members as a lasting memorial honoring 11 year old Dianne Devanna, who tragically lost her life due to severe abuse at the hands of her father and stepmother. The loss stunned the South Shore community and served as a catalyst to raise awareness of the issue of child abuse and to provide critical services to families, in an effort to make a difference in the lives of children at risk.
The Dianne DeVanna Center operates under a deep and abiding belief that children have a need for stability, love, nurturing, and a sense of security and safety in their lives. For some parents, raising a child can be stressful, which may hinder a parent’s ability to meet their children’s needs. Our philosophy works on the premise that skillful help provided at the right time can make a profound difference in a child’s life. It is our goal to become an integral part of the support system of the families we serve, providing parents with the resources and education they need to become the best parent possible for their children.
Since its founding, the DeVanna Center has grown into an effective provider of services to families, positively impacting the lives of thousands of children through various parenting support services and educational programs.
Parent Aide & Support Services
The role of our team of Family Support Workers is to focus on helping parents understand their strengths and identify the needs of their family. They are parent support professionals who will educate and encourage families to develop healthy ways in raising children, including:
- Parenting Responsibilities ~ Appropriate discipline, rules and stress management.
- Identifying Needs of the Children ~ Educational needs, medical needs and proper nutrition.
- Home Management Skills ~ Housekeeping, organization and budgeting.
- Identifying, Selecting and Using Community Resources
- Community Resource Services
- Counseling Services ~ Individual, Family, Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorders.
- Educational Supports and Services
- Financial Assistance Services
- Furniture/Clothing Donation Services
- Housing Services
- Nutrition and Food Pantry Services
The Dianne DeVanna Center offers Parenting Education, through various modalities, designed to help parents and caregivers develop and strengthen their practical parenting skills.
Many of our families experience ongoing financial struggles. The following items are always in need and are gratefully accepted by the Dianne DeVanna Center:
Gift Cards ~ Babies ‘R’ Us ~ CVS ~ Grocery Stores ~ Target ~ Visa ~ Wal-Mart ~ Walgreens
Specific Items ~ Baby Toiletries ~ Children’s Books, Puzzles, Toys, Art and Educational supplies (all ages) ~ Diapers/Pull-ups (all sizes) ~ Family Toiletries ~ Household Cleaning and Laundry Products ~ Infant Safety, Nursery Supplies and Furnishings
Clothing ~ Outerwear ~ Underclothing ~ Hosiery (all seasons for children/teens of all ages and genders)
For more information on The Dianne DeVanna Center, please contact one of the following locations or visit our website at DeVannaCenter.org.
- Braintree ~ 781-843-7010
- Plymouth ~ 508-830-3444 x302