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News & Press

Top highlights of our press releases and media coverage


Journalists seeking information on Children & Families First, interested in securing exclusive interviews with members of our leadership team, or seeking expert commentary on topics related to our work are encouraged to contact our Communications & Engagement Director by email


Healthy Beginnings at Community Baby Shower - January 2023

Safe Sleep Ambassador Asaiah Beaman Fisher of Children & Families First shared tips and guidelines to help keep sleeping babies safe and prevent SIDS and other sleep-related causes of death in infants at the January 21st free Community Baby Shower hosted by Christiana Cares.

Delaware State Chamber of Commerce Non Profit Spotlight - January 2023

In times of instability, the needs of our community rise and beckon for help. Answering these calls - whether it be through visiting pregnant women or providing foster care and adoption resources - is Children & Families First a non profit that prioritizes the health, safety, and well-being of every Delaware child and family.

Children & Families First Announces Dr. Julius Mullen as Chief Inclusion OfficerDecember 9, 2022

Recognized and respected for their expertise in trauma and adversity, Children & Families First (CFF) took another bold step forward to lead positive change on November 28, 2022 – welcoming Dr. Julius Mullen back to the organization as its first Chief Inclusion Officer.

Delaware families, stakeholders celebrate National Adoption MonthDecember 4, 2022

National Adoption Day is a shared effort to raise awareness of children waiting in foster care for families to make a lifetime commitment to them through adoption. Delaware has 34 children who we are actively recruiting adoptive families. 

Lunch with a Purpose supports Children & Families First - November 20, 2022

Held at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club, over 250 people attended the November 2nd, 2022 luncheon in support of Children & Families First where CEO, Kirsten Olson was the honored guest speaker. Through raffle basket ticket sales and a 50/50 raffle more than $6000 was raised.

State and community partners launch Delaware-centric equity database - November 16, 2022

The database was created after state and community partners identified the need for an accessible, user-friendly data platform that brings together local information to combat inequity such as those with high low-income rates, or low rates of preventative healthcare screenings. Children and Families First CEO Kirsten Olson says there’s no such thing as too much data in order to understand the people and communities we serve.

Children & Families First's Special Events Manager Honored as Top Woman in BusinessNovember 9th, 2022

Wilmington native, Steff DiMartine also received the 2021 Governor’s Volunteer of the Year Award. “I never do any of this for recognition. I do it to see the smiles and the difference that I make. A smile can change the world.”

Delaware is expanding supports for families. Let's keep going | Opinion - September 30th, 2022

In recent years, Delaware has begun to understand and embrace the scientific link between quality early learning experiences and our successful development as humans. As a leader behind one of the state’s oldest, most respected and busiest organizations serving the needs of children and their families, I say it’s time we push ourselves even further.

‘We’re in this together’: Delaware expands initiative pairing nurses with new moms - September 26th, 2022

Robin Washington, participant in CFF's Nurse Family Partnership program says her personal nurse Nate Morris has been adviser, coach, friend, and confidant. “She’s good. She’s wonderful,’’ Washington said. “She’s actually why I really don’t listen to other parents. I did the opposite of what a lot of people, my friends, did. And I achieved more.”

Innovative funding model to help new NCC mothers - September 1, 2022

New Castle County and a coalition of nonprofit and charitable partners have launched a new initiative to assist first-time mothers access quality prenatal and postnatal health care that will utilize innovative, outcomes-based funding and a public-private reimbursement plan.

How Children and Families First CEO helped non-profit survive COVID-19 pandemicAugust 21, 2022

Children & Families First continues to thrive as it serves the Delaware community, and Olson’s leadership has made her a winner in the mid-size leadership category in the News Journal’s 2022 Top Workplaces Competition. 

Why Celebrating Diversity Isn't EnoughApril 17, 2022

The month of April is observed as Celebrate Diversity Month. But is celebration enough? In short, no. Building equitable, diverse, inclusive communities requires commitment and hard work – and our children’s futures depend on it. 

Delaware Small Business Chamber Names Children & Families First Top Non-Profit - April 14, 2022

The Delaware Small Business Chamber recently announced the winners of its annual business awards, naming Children & Families First Top Non-Profit.

Student Led Pop-up Shop Raises $1000 to Benefit Children & Families FirstMarch 22, 2022

For months, Sussex Academy student Adelle Leebel has dedicated her after-school and weekend hours to organizing a pop-up shop fundraising event to benefit Children & Families First, a Delaware-based nonprofit organization. 

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