The Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families (The Delaware Children’s Department) is the state agency whose primary responsibility is to provide and manage a range of services for children who have experienced abandonment, abuse, adjudication, mental illness, neglect, or substance abuse. Its services include prevention, early intervention, assessment, treatment, permanency, and aftercare. The Children’s Department employs approximately 1,300 staff members at 31 locations, who serve over 8,000 children on any given day. The Department operates a trauma-informed system of care and has been the recipient of multiple systems of care and trauma-specific grants that it has used to increase effective screening, case management, and treatment services for children experiencing a range of behavioral health issues including traumatic stress.
The Children’s Department is made up of four divisions that include the Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health (home to the Office of Evidence-Based Practice), which collaborates locally with families, providers, school, and others to increase the system’s capacity to identify, assess and effectively treat children with traumatic stress (including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy); the Division of Family Services, which investigates child abuse, neglect, and dependency, and offers treatment services, foster care, adoption, independent living, and child care licensing services; the Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services, which provides services including detention, treatment, probation, and aftercare services to youth in the State of Delaware who are ordered to its care by Family Court; and the Division of Management Support Services, which provides education to youth who are served in a range of residential and day treatment programs (both behavioral health and juvenile justice), and also provides administrative support, consultation, and technical support throughout the Department in critical areas such as human resources, information technology, facilities management, and a range of fiscal management services.