People on the Move: Clara Doñé moves from NYC to Palm Beach County, FL

Mar 08, 2017

Auburn, NY – Clara Doñé formerly Director of Support Services for the NYC-based Unaccompanied Children Foster Care Program, has moved to Palm Beach County, Florida. There she will serve the agency’s Treatment Family Foster Care Program as a Program Manager.  Doñé started with Cayuga Centers in June of 2014, just a few months after the agency received its first children in the Unaccompanied Children program.

Clara_Done_Cayuga_Centers.jpgAs she learns her new role, she reports the children served by the Florida program have been removed from their families due to a negative environment, which might include parental drug use, maltreatment or neglect. The goal in these placements is to reunify the child with the family, where it is safe to do so, unlike the NYC based program, which stabilized children who had fled Central American countries, before uniting them with a federally approved sponsor to wait for the government to determine their future.

As her caseload is building, Doñé is spending her early days in Florida attending trainings learning how the Florida Department of Children & Families oversees and regulates foster care.  She’s been shadowing current staff members who serve as program managers, who work to coordinate and assure all our Foster Parents receive the support they need and assuring our youth are provided trauma-focused mental health treatment, and Skills Trainers, who teach children life skills.  While working with the Home Recruiter, she’s gaining understanding of the state’s licensing process for foster families.

Raised in the Bronx, Doñé received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Services Administration from Lehman College. Her passion for helping others brought her to Cayuga Centers where she served as Case Manager and then Director of Support Services, allowing her to continue to play an important role in reunifying the children with their loved ones.

Doñé describes herself as one of the few in today’s society that can actually say, “I love my job and everything I do for these children.” She is grateful to have come across Cayuga Centers, an agency that shares her same passion and dedication to help those who are in most need.


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