Report Child Abuse & Neglect

1-800-292-9582

If you are concerned about a child's safety, call the Child Abuse & Neglect Report Line today.

Make A Report Online

Child Crisis Hotline

1-800-969-HELP (4357)

Have a child experiencing a behavioral health crisis? Call our 24/7 Mobile Response Stabilization Services hotline. You are not alone.



DSCYF COVID-19 Resources

Provided information includes links to wellness and self-care resources, information on how to support children and connections to community groups and services.


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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.


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Optimism and Wellness

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.


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 We Can Help!

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.


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You are Heroes!

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.


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A Safe and Compassionate Place

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.


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Love Makes a Family

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.


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Adopt a Child, Become a Hero

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.


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A Continuum of Healthcare

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.


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Members of the Media

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.


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Support Your Family/ Community’s Youth

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.


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Equipping Education Professionals

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.


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Equipping Education Professionals

Discover Heartwarming Stories of Adoption and Fostering

Angel Washington

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.

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Ready to Begin Your Journey?

Let us be your guide. Learn more today...