Children & Families First

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555 Justison Street
Suite 150
Wilmington, DE 19801
United States

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Monday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Friday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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Family Foster Care works because Children & Families First has assembled a team of professionals who support not only the child who needs care but also the resource parent who is ready to offer care. Deciding to become a resource parent originates from a very personal and selfless place, but you're not alone. Resource families can rely on extensive training and support. CFF staff will support you and answer your questions every step of the way.

Who Are The Children Needing Care?

Children of all ages, infant to 17 years

Children of all ethnic and racial backgrounds

Children with acute or chronic medical conditions

Children and youth with complex emotional and behavioral patterns arising from trauma, abuse or neglect

Teens and teen mothers with their babies

Services and information

  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Emergency Foster Care
  • Respite Foster Care
  • Adoption
  • Other

Requirements to become a foster parent

Children in foster care go through incredibly stressful situations. When child welfare has to remove them from their homes, the kids face uncertainty. One of the first questions is wondering where they will live.

To become a foster care parent in Delaware, you must follow a series of steps. First, you need to contact an agency.

Then, you must attend an information session and fill out an application. After that, you will need to complete training and undergo a home assessment. Finally, once you complete all these steps, you will earn certification as a foster care parent.

In Delaware, foster parents must:

  • Be age 21 or older
  • Prove financial stability
  • Complete the required training course
  • Pass a criminal background check and fingerprint screening
  • Complete the Home Study
  • Provide a spare bedroom (for children of one gender)
  • Confirm the parent's good health
  • Live in a safe environment

If you meet the requirements, contact your local foster agency or department of human services. They can help you and other family members enroll in foster orientation.

Ratings and Reviews

Average user rating

4.2 / 5
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Lorraine Brown
Jan 20, 2021

My family went to Children & Families First almost 20 years ago in the Newark Delaware office. I have never had an agency care as much as they did. Jennifer King was our therapist and she wasn't just collecting a paycheck. Ms King went above and beyond any expectations I had. It your family needs help or your children need help this is Definetly the place to seek help.

Rating: 5

Elana Shoop
Jun 15, 2020

17yrs ago I was 18 and pregnant, I felt adoption was my only option. They tell you everything you want to hear, they take advantage of the situation they don't tell you an open adoption isn't anything more then a moral agreement. They tell you that you have to sign the papers within 48hts hours after giving birth, the papers that you sign and have 2 weeks to change your mind. They prey on you at most vulnerable time emotionally and physically exhausted. If you're pregnant and thinking about adopted I strongly recommend looking into other options.

Rating: 1

Gene Hopkins
Jan 30, 2020

Best adoption program in Delaware. They really care.

Rating: 5

Michael Vannicola
Aug 27, 2017

Nice staff

Rating: 5