Devereux Celebrates Joann and Bobby Jackson’s 20 Years of Fostering


Joann and Bobby Jackson, Woodstock residents, have been foster parents with Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health of Georgia (Devereux) since April 17, 2001, and have fostered over 40 youth in their home. The Jackson’s have fostered some of Devereux’s most challenging and at-risk youth with many children remaining in their home for as long as nine years or until aging out of the system. JoAnn and Bobby are described as two of the most patient and kind foster parents Devereux has seen. The Jackson’s take at least two-family trips per year, treating their foster children much like their own. Joann recently implemented a “Girls Night” so the girls in her home could experience fun together by participating in activities like going to the mall or out to eat.  

The Jackson’s goal is to give each youth a sense of belonging and they are all treated as part of the family no matter their race, gender or behavioral challenges. Joann has a BIG heart and a genuine desire to help children or really, anyone in need. She not only supports the children in her home, but she often goes out of her way to keep in touch with youth who have discharged and even those who disrupt the home, to ensure they have the support they need to get back on track. “Foster parenting is not easy, but it is rewarding. Joanne and Bobby Jackson are one of those special couples that understand they are not only helping a child be successful but also helping families regain the stability they need to be successful.  Georgia needs more foster parents like the Jacksons.” said Gwen Skinner, Devereux’s VP of Operations – GA, FL and TX. 

Joann is the owner of Joann International Hair Salon, on Cherokee Street in Woodstock. She has owned and successfully managed her business for almost 50 years and strives to be a positive role model to anyone who crosses her path. No matter what’s going on, Joann always seems to find a reason to smile, and her laughter is contagious. Both Joann and Bobby are compassionate, understanding, patient, loving, warmhearted, attentive, humane, and extremely giving. Learn more about Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health - Georgia.  


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