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When you nurture a child today, you foster a future where they can thrive!

At any given time, there are more than 500 children in Delaware in need of foster parents to guide and nurture them while they are temporarily separated from their birth families. ​


Choosing to become a foster parent is a big decision - and you deserve to be informed and supported. That's why we provide the tools, training, supports, and services you need to feel confident and capable of providing excellent care.


Being a foster family with Children & Families First means...

  • You will be supported

  • You will be prepared

  • You will never feel alone

Taking the first steps...

Choosing to become a foster parent begins with gathering all the facts you need to make an informed decision. In addition to reviewing the information below, there are three ways to guarantee all of your questions are answered.

Fill out an interest form and one of our specialists will contact you.

Attend an information session. Held the 3rd Wednesday of each month promptly at 6:00pm via ZOOM.  Sessions are FREE, open to all, and no registration is necessary. Use this link to join:

Call 800-220-3092 or 302-658-5177 to speak with a Foster Care Specialist.

Why Are Foster Parents So Amazing?!​


Being a foster parent is a special opportunity to help care for a child and their family while they work through a challenging time in their lives.​

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By welcoming a child into your family and showing them love and guidance, you are giving them a gift that will benefit them for life.

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Foster parents are essential in the reunification of families and can help change the lives of parents and children in our communities.

Foster Parenting 101

Scroll and click on the tabs for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about foster parenting.

Have more questions or just want to talk to someone? Give us a call at 302-658-5177.

Foster parents...

  • Can be single, married, divorced or widowed

  • Rent or own their home

  • Are at least 21 years of age

  • Attend a 1-hour Information Session

  • Participate in pre-service training

  • Pass a criminal background check and fingerprint screening

  • Are of all races and religions

  • Complete home, health, and safety assessments

  • Are economically stable

  • Provide references

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