Delaware DSCYF- Foster Care

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1825 Faulkland Rd
Wilmington, DE 19805
United States

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Monday 8 AM-4:30 PM
Tuesday 8 AM-4:30 PM
Wednesday 8 AM-4:30 PM
Thursday 8 AM-4:30 PM
Friday 8 AM-4:30 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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Foster and adoptive families play a vital role in the children served by the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families (DSCYF). We are actively recruiting families to give children the loving, safe, and stable home they need and deserve. We are happy to work with families willing to provide our children with a safe and supportive environment. However, we are particularly in need of families who can open their homes to teens, sibling groups, youth with special needs, and medically fragile children.

At any given time, over 500 children in Delaware need foster families to keep them safe and nurture them during tough times. In addition, there is a need for respite families. Respite families are homes where foster children can go for very short periods to give the primary foster family a break or time to deal with family emergencies, for example. Respite families receive training and support just like foster families.

Most foster parents in Delaware are connected with the Division of Family Services’ Foster Parent Program. The first step to becoming a DFS foster parent is to attend a 3-hour information session, which will provide an overview of foster care and important information regarding the process and connect you with the next step in becoming a foster family.

If you have ever considered fostering but haven’t followed through yet, please take the next step by attending one of the DFS Foster Parent Information Sessions. You don’t have to be perfect to foster or adopt a child. What our children need most is Love ~ Our Kids Matter.

Services and information

  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Specialized / Therapeutic Care
  • Emergency Foster Care
  • Respite Foster Care
  • Adoption

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.

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