Trauma Healing & Resilience Information for Families
Trauma can impact children and families in many ways. Know that it is OK to seek help. Click below to learn how to identify signs of child traumatic stress or find resources.
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Optimism and Wellness
Your devotion and commitment to your children are significant to their well-being. As caregivers, sometimes navigating through life’s changes with your family can become overwhelming.
If you are seeking help with your child's special needs, or assistance with a child who has experienced trauma or struggling with mental health or addiction, DSCYF seeks to partner with you by providing respectful, supportive resources and services.
Our shared goals are for restoring resiliency and strengthening your child and family.
We Can Help!
If you or a friend have experienced trauma, are struggling with a mental health or a drug - related emergency, we can help. Contact the Crisis Hotline at 1-800-969-HELP, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also reach out to the Crisis Text Line 24/7 by texting DE to the number 741741.
You are Heroes!
There's no small way to give back and impact the life of a child or youth. As foster parents, you play such an important role in a child's life. Foster parents are needed to provide short-term and safe care for youth who are experiencing difficult circumstances.
A Safe and Compassionate Place
Interested in taking the next step toward becoming a foster parent but don't know where to begin? Don't worry, reach out to the Division of Family Services team to see your next steps. Learn about the requirements for foster parenting and information sessions.
Love Makes a Family
Adoption is a mixture of many emotions and experiences, such as joy, for both adoptive parents and children. While adoption brings resolution to young people’s need for permanency, the on-going needs for further bonding for both parents and children can bring about many challenges.
Learn about available resources and aids to strengthen relationships and continue hope and resiliency for children.
Adopt a Child, Become a Hero
Many children are in need of a loving and caring family who will provide a permanent nurturing home. As an adoptive parent, you can help youth by relationally cultivating their growth and development. You can provide supportive guidance and encouragement leading to hope as they become part of your family.
A Continuum of Healthcare
As a medical or mental health professional, you are an essential part of the coordination and continuum of care of young people with DSCYF.
Get information about intervention and coordination of care with Medicaid /managed care organizations, mandatory reporting of abuse or neglect and other support resources.
Members of the Media
Members of the media who want to stay informed about vital updates and issues to DSCYF may view our press releases, social media channels or contact our office directly.
Support Your Family/ Community’s Youth
Supportive family and community members who are seeking ways to engage with youth or offer assistance may find help here.
Equipping Education Professionals
Aside from caregivers and family, education professionals provide support and guidance to our youth. DSCYF provides resources for teachers and education professionals to train and support them in their work.
Partners in Safety, Advocacy and Reform
Continued collaboration with members of law enforcement, the judicial system, DSCYF’s divisions and community partners is valuable to the restoration of peace, safety and prevention of recidivism among youth. Find helpful resources here.
Discover Heartwarming Stories of Adoption and Fostering
For Angel Washington, finding a forever family was overwhelming joy. Adoption wasn't just one moment for Angel, it's a journey she's been on since she was adopted at age 7 and one that will continue on. Hear her powerful story.