Post Job Free


Sign in

Foster Care Substance Abuse

Milford, MI, 48381
September 28, 2023

Contact this candidate


John DeVivo, LMSW

*** **** ******

Milford, MI **381



December, 1985 Masters of Social Work with School Social Work Certification

University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI

June, 1981 Bachelor of Arts

University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA

Previous School Certification

Professional Experience:


A Child’s Hope Child Placing Agency

July, 2017- 2021 Founder of A Child’s Hope Child Placing Agency. Wrote all program manuals Founder Creator of all forms, Responsible for budget management, financial oversight

Management, contract compliance, supervision of workers, licensing, safe

practices, program development, secure referrals from local DHS offices, active

Recruitment of potential foster homes, licensing of new homes.


Home of New Vision

November, 2016 - Therapist for substance abuse clients: responsible for treatment plan development,

Present Implementation of treatment plan, contact with community resources,

Communication with legal system, education of chemical dependency.

Responsible for clinical supervision of therapist and contract compliance.


Fostering Futures Child Placing Agency

March 2010- Founder of Fostering Futures Child Placing Agency. Wrote all program manuals September, 2016 Creator of all forms, Responsible for budget management, financial oversight.

Management, contract compliance, supervision of workers, licensing, safe

practices, program development, secure referrals from local DHS offices, active

Recruitment of potential foster homes, licensing of new homes.

February, 1990 – Private Practitioner Milford, MI


Provide outpatient therapy services for children, parents, adults, couples, and ongoing assessment of children in need. Specialization in areas of ADD, ADHD, sensory integration issues, aggression, violence, depression, anxiety, marital conflict, domestic violence, substance abuse, defiance disorders, adjustment disorders and trauma recovery. Been working with children and families since 1980.

August, 2006- Director

March 2010 Lutheran Social Services Jackson-Ann Arbor-Flint-Saginaw

Oversee the daily operations of four regions; Jackson-Ann Arbor, Flint, Saginaw, ensure contract compliance in all areas of operation. Oversee the Educational Training Voucher Program. Responsible to the line items and adherence to a 6 million dollar budget.

. Supervise the Regional Supervisors, ensure corporate

compliance, program development, and secure referrals from local DHS

agencies. Responsible for budget compliance, safe practices along

with active recruitment and licensing of new foster homes. Oversee nearly 300

foster children and 200 foster homes.

March, 2004 - Program Manager

August, 2006 Lutheran Social Services Ann Arbor, & Flint, MI

Oversee the ongoing daily operations of the Flint and Ann Arbor foster

care sites. Supervise the Regional Supervisors and the development of programs in both offices. Ensure adherence to all licensing, foster care, and COA

rules in both programs. Oversee that all reports and investigations meet identified contract time lines. Secure referrals from the local DHS agencies and monitor quality intakes and appropriate placements.

Licensing and Clinical Supervisor

Lutheran Social Services Ann Arbor, Flint & Jackson, MI

Supervise therapists in each region; advise regarding clinical

interventions, trainings, and adherence to specialized foster care guidelines.

Facilitate connections between clients and all contractual therapists contracted to work in each of the three regions.

Ann Arbor Regional Supervisor of Foster Care and Licensing

Lutheran Social Services Ann Arbor, MI

Provide clinical direction and support to staff regarding the placement and care of high-risk children. Train, recruit and maintain foster families and manage the placement of children in foster and adoptive homes. Streamline organizational structure of agency and its paperwork while supervising performance of Masters-Level and B.A.-Level staff.

August, 2001 - Supervisor of Foster Care, Adoptions and Licensing

March, 2004 Judson Center of Washtenaw County Ann Arbor, MI

Increased the standard of care for children by supervising Masters-level staff in clinical, case management and licensing issues. Supervised the training, recruitment and maintenance of licensed foster homes, as well as the placement of children in foster care and adoptive homes. Created comprehensive filing and organizational system for entire agencies foster and adoptive departments.

July, 1990 - Supervisor of Licensing & Foster Care

August, 2001 Boysville of Michigan Foster Care Program Clinton MI

Supervised Masters-Level staff in clinical, case management and licensing issues. Structured and led interventions with highly delinquent and troubled youth in care. Maintained, recruited and trained new foster families while supervising the adherence to foster care licensing rules and laws. Met licensing standards and conducted complaint investigations, reported on violations, and communicated with the State Licensing Agent.

Supervisor of Foster Care and Supervised Independent Living

Boysville of Michigan Foster Care Program Clinton, MI

Supervised clinical work and case management of Foster Care Therapists and Supervised Independent Living Workers. Insured proper charting and adherence to licensing procedures. Managed referrals, intakes and program development.

Specialized Foster Care Therapist

Boysville of Michigan Foster Care Program Clinton, MI

Completed assessments of youth and their families of origin. Developed treatment goals and provided psychotherapy to youth and their families. Assisted foster parents in understanding and responding effectively to the special needs of foster youth. Interacted with and reported to the courts regarding treatment goals and progress.

December, 1984 - Substance Abuse Therapist

July, 1990 Chelsea Community Hospital Chelsea, MI

Provided outpatient and inpatient substance abuse treatment for clients. Developed treatment goals and assisted clients in their progress towards these goals through individual and family therapy, as well as the facilitation of group therapy; group therapy formats consisted of both psychotherapeutic and didactic techniques for addressing issues of substance abuse, recovery, relapse, concepts of addiction, family violence, sexuality issues, and a group specific to male issues.

July, 1981 - Senior Residential Childcare Worker

June 1986 Orchard Children Services Livonia, MI

Developed and implemented goals for ten emotionally impaired boys (ages 6 – 15 years old) in a residential setting. Supervised and assisted children in their daily milieu goals and routines, led group activities, trained new staff and monitored educational needs and services.

Professional Contractual Experience

May, 1994 – 2006 Outpatient/ Outreach Therapist

Creative Counseling for Families and Youth Ann Arbor, MI

Provide ongoing psychotherapy for foster youth, foster parents and biological parents. Conduct systemic assessments of clients’ families, including issues of aggression, delinquency, substance abuse, sexual and physical abuse, neglect, parenting skills, eating disorders and trauma. Responsibilities also include court appearances, coordination with FIA and educational advocacy.

March, 1993 – Outpatient Substance Abuse and Mental Health Therapist

November, 2000 Help Source Ypsilanti, MI

Provided ongoing psychotherapy for youth and families in the foster care system and youth in a residential facility. Conducted substance abuse and mental health assessments, monitored treatment progress and maintained ongoing charting and quarterly reports. Facilitated substance abuse groups, and conducted court-appointed substance abuse evaluations.

March, 1993 – Outpatient/Outreach Therapist

March, 1998 Huron Valley Child Guidance Clinic Ypsilanti, MI

Conducted in-office and outreach assessments. Provided individual and family systems therapy to youth and their families. Maintained charting, appeared in court on behalf of clients, and coordinated care with the FIA, school and ancillary persons. Provided referrals for medication evaluations and reviews.

March, 1985 – Outpatient Substance Abuse Therapist

July, 1992 Bridgeway Center, Inc. Jackson, MI

Provided outpatient substance abuse treatment services for adults and youth and their families. Conducted assessments and provided didactic and psychotherapeutic group treatment. Ran alcohol and drug awareness groups for court-ordered clients. Coordinated care with the legal system by assessing and reporting progress towards goals and summarizing services provided.

References available upon request.

Contact this candidate