Dave McAllister has been hired as Director of Laraway Youth & Family Services’ Substitute Care Program which oversees therapeutic foster care and micro-residential programming. He brings extensive experience, having served Laraway in numerous capacities since 1999.
McAllister joined Laraway at age nineteen as an overnight staff member in a residential program. His roles expanded over time, encompassing crisis support, case management, staff supervision and new program development. He serves as Treasurer of the Vermont Coalition of Residential Providers. Active community involvement, coupled with graduate studies in Organizational Leadership, position this Lamoille County native well to lead the program.
“I am really excited to serve kids and families requiring a high level of care,” McAllister said. “I love having the opportunity to create and innovate while exploring new strategies to become even better at what we do.”
“Dave is a strong and compassionate leader,” said Greg Stefanski, Laraway’s Executive Director. “Substitute Care is considered a leader in providing foster care as well are residential, crises and early intervention services and supports. I look forward to Dave building on these successes and finding new ways to support our kids, their families and the staff and foster respite families who work with them.”
Laraway Youth & Family Services is a non-profit organization dedicated to identifying and building on the strengths of children and youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges, through alternative education, therapeutic foster care and public school based behavioral intervention supports. For more information, visit Laraway.org or email KatherineS@Laraway.org.