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Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families

Division of Management Support Services

Photograph of Donna Thompson, Esq., DMSS Director
DMSS Director
Donna Thompson, Esq.

Photograph of Mark Brainard Jr., DMSS Deputy Director
DMSS Deputy Director
Mark Brainard Jr.


DMSS exists primarily to provide support and advocacy on behalf of the department’s three operating divisions – to be the “lifeline to the frontline.” We are successful as a division when we can help our frontline staff be as good as they can possibly be as they serve Delaware’s children and families.

DMSS primarily provides administrative support, consultation, and technical support throughout the Delaware Children’s Department in critical areas such as human resources, information technology, facilities management, and a range of fiscal management services. In carrying out those services, DMSS is the principle contact with the State’s central agencies and governmental offices. DMSS also provides education to youth who are served in a range of residential and day treatment programs. Please refer to the list on the left under Management Support for a more complete description of our services.

Our mission is “Helping Those Who Help Children and Families” – a charge which brings new challenges to our staff each and every day!

If you have questions or would like further information, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for visiting our website!