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Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families


Division of Family Services

Foster Care Requirements




Foster Parents in Delaware

  • Can be single, married, divorced or widowed
  • Rent or own their home
  • Are at least 21 years of age
  • Attend a 3-hour Information Session
  • Participate in 27 hours of pre-service training
  • Pass a criminal background check and fingerprint screening
  • Are of all races and religions
  • Pass home, health, and safety studies
  • Are economically stable
  • Provide references

The Process

Picture of a multi-colored group of boxes displaying the steps in the process for foster care with the words First Contact, Information Session, Application, Pre-Service Training, Home Assessment, Certification, Placement
  1. First Contact
  2. Information Session
  3. Application
  4. Pre-Service Training
  5. Home Assessment
  6. Certification
  7. Placement

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For More Information

General Information:  302-633-2657

Office Phone Numbers:

New Castle County
302-451-2800

Kent County
302-739-4800

Sussex County
302-422-1400

Email:  DSCYF_FosterCare@delaware.gov

Persons interested in providing foster care for a private agency should follow the links below for additional information.

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