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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Education, Special Education

Mission: PHILLIPS is a private, nonprofit organization whose people are dedicated to serving the needs of individuals with emotional and behavioral problems and their families through education, family support services, community education, and advocacy.

Direct beneficiaries per year: approximately 500

Geographic areas served: Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia

Programs: Special education day schools, therapeutic foster care, vocational training, in-home based family support services

Community Stories

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Debi A.1


Rating: 5

There is a 10th-grade student at PHILLIPS who has been attending the program for the past three years. Since attending the program this student has been in and out of multiple foster home placements. Recently this student was reunified with his family. This has been a difficult transition for this student. This student has had medication administration issues since returning home. This student has had an increase in unsafe behaviors since his reunification, including walking into traffic, verbal threats, and physical aggression. Throughout the reunification process, this student continues to come to school and seek out preferred, staff. At times he is not able to verbalize the attention he needs and sometimes tries to get it in negative ways. This student's staff, however, remain consistent with their caring attitude towards him and it has made all the difference. The staff has gone above and beyond to get this student his medication and create alternative learning environments when he is too unregulated to be in class. PHILLIPS is truly the safest and most consistent environment which this student has and we will continue to support him through this transition point in his life. PHILLIPS provides the stability which this student needs at this time.