Dianne Devanna Center

74 Pond Street
Braintree MA 02184

Phone: (781) 843-7010

Website: http://www.devannacenter.org

The Dianne DeVanna Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect was established to raise awareness of the issue of child abuse and provide services to families.  Since its founding, the DeVanna Center has positively impacted the lives of thousands of children through parenting support groups, mentor programs, direct parent aide support, public forums and education events.  The Center works closely with and as a surrogate for the Massachusetts Department of Social Services. The agency is assigned families in need to oversee and provide services in order to prevent the abuse of children.

Programs and Services include


  • Family Support Workers – In some instances, a family support worker is assigned to work directly with a family. The worker provides services directly in the family home for six hours per week. Depending on the needs of the family, the worker will help the family to focus on such things as:
  • Parenting skills such as understanding age appropriate behaviors, establishing and enforcing reasonable rules, and effective discipline methods including self-control.
  • Helping Parents focus on important medical appointments, school appointments and other important responsibilities.
  • Improving home management skills including shopping, nutrition, cleaning, budgeting and other organizational issues.
  • Helping Parents identify resources such as mental health, substance abuse and family counseling, as well as health care, public assistance, and housing.

Material Resources

  • Transportation is provided to families for medical, counseling and other types of appointments.
  • Helping Parents focus on important medical appointments, school appointments and other important responsibilities.
  • Donations that are received by the DeVanna Center of furniture, clothing, food, disposable diapers, and other materials are available to families for free. When the DeVanna Center does not have certain furniture, clothing or other items that are needed by a family, the Center seeks specific donations from friends of the Center.
  • The DeVanna Center conducts a large holiday giving program in December of each year which provides a generous donation of gifts to over 200 families.

Educational Programming

  • The DeVanna Center provides family education in the areas of parenting skills, stress reduction, nutrition and personal safety.
  • The DeVanna Center provides shaken baby syndrome education.