We are happy to announce the promotion of Raymond Dacumos to the position of Director of Family Support Services (FSS) at Toward Maximum Independence (TMI)! Raymond brings a wealth of experience and passion to his new role, and we are confident he will lead the FSS team to even greater heights.
A Dedicated Leader with a Proven Track Record
Raymond has been with TMI for nearly 10 years, serving as a Social Worker with increasing responsibility. He has consistently demonstrated a deep commitment to support youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Raymond has played a key role in providing our exemplary FSS programs that make a significant impact in the lives of countless youth as well as their families.
A Passion for Advocacy and Collaboration
Raymond is not only a skilled leader but also a passionate advocate for the disability community. He is deeply committed to working with families and youth to ensure they have access to the resources and support they need to thrive. He is also an advocate for policies that promote inclusion and equality for all.
Leading the Way to a Brighter Future
In his new role, Raymond will oversee all aspects of our FSS department which includes Resource Family placements for youth as well as additional innovative and trusted programs to meet the needs of the youth and families we serve such as Assessment and Intervention Services and Family Focused Supports. He is committed to building on the strong foundation of the FSS program and taking it to the next level.
Raymond obtained his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Social Work from San Diego State University. In addition, he earned his licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in October 2023 which is a significant milestone, indicating his expertise and qualifications to provide clinical social work services. Raymond also earned his Pupil Personnel Services Credentials (PPSC). This level of achievement speaks volumes about Raymond's dedication, knowledge and the depth of his commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of others.
"It has been such a pleasure to watch Raymond grow and flourish throughout the years and I am so proud of his accomplishments," said TMI Executive Director Dr. Rachel Harris. "We are excited for all that Raymond will bring to the table in his new position."
Born and raised in San Diego, family is very important to Raymond. He is the youngest of six and is married with two beautiful children.
"I am blessed with the opportunities from TMI and value the agencies vision, mission and core values," said Raymond.
We would also like to wish a heartfelt farewell to our outgoing Director of Family Support Services Paola Osuna as she embarks on an exciting new chapter in private practice. Her unwavering dedication and compassionate leadership at TMI have been an inspiration to us all. Her nearly 21 years of support and empowerment for individuals with disabilities will continue to resonate. She will be dearly missed, and her legacy will remain a guiding light for us. All our best on your new endeavor, Paola!
As a licensed Resource Family Agency (Foster Family Agency) (RFA License #370603102), Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) provides Resource Family placements for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), as well as additional innovative and trusted programs to meet the needs of the youth and families we serve.
Family preservation is important and, even when temporary placement is necessary, the ultimate goal is reunification. In cases when it is not in the best interest of the youth and the courts have advised against a reunification plan, TMI has been successful in finding a long-term stable Resource Family for youth where they are loved and nurtured.
Founded in 1981, Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to transforming the lives of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and veterans with disabilities. TMI strives to help our clients to realize their hopes and dreams by providing Employment Solutions, Community Living Services and Family Support Services. To stay connected with us, follow us on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), LinkedIn, and Instagram. Together we can share acceptance and awareness, ultimately contributing to further inclusion.