Meeting the unique needs that keep our promise
Every donation to Children & Families First supports our mission - to champion children and using evidence-based, equity-centered, and innovative approaches - and all contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
When you support any of our Special Funds, you provide the "little bit extra" through a restricted use donation that can only be used for its specified purpose - and we encourage you to learn more about our focus areas.
ESSENTIAL NEEDS FUND
Provides immediate one-time assistance to help the children and families we serve avert a crisis, or recover from an emergency that risks delaying or interfering with their positive progress by helping them access a needed service or essential item.
Reducing financial burdens and adding concrete supports can make a huge difference in minimizing stress. Together, we can ensure children and families keep moving forward, even during difficult times.
Safety, Stability, Shelter, Health, Hunger
FOSTER CARE ENRICHMENT FUND
Developed by Marissa Washburn, a former foster youth, this fund provides foster resource families with financial assistance to enroll the children in their care in extracurricular activities like art, music, and sports programs, as well as summer camps.
The goal of this fund is to provide foster youth with opportunities to pursue their individual interests, develop skills, be positively involved in their communities, and ultimately enhance their self-esteem.
Foster Youth, Recreation, Sports, Camps
LESLIE J NEWMAN FUND
After 13 years of dedicated service, Leslie J Newman retired as CEO of Children & Families First in 2019. To honor and recognize her personal passions and professional commitments, The Leslie J Newman Fund for Professional Development was established.
In the service of keeping Children & Families First at the forefront of innovation and evidence-based practices, the fund provides ongoing opportunities for staff development and training.
Staff Development, Brain Science, Training
HOLIDAY HOPE PROGRAM
Formerly known as Adopt-a-family, the Holiday Hope program now supports more than 1000 children and families statewide each year, providing them with the priceless gifts of hope and healing during the November to December holiday season.
Understanding the holidays can place additional stress on many families already struggling, we strive to connect them with the resources they need to feel encouraged, supported, and truly cared about.
Basic Needs, Toys & Gifts, Clothing
Want to support a Special Fund with a donation by check?
Please write your check payable to: Children & Families First (CFFDE)
On the memo line: Write the name of the fund you wish to support
Mail to: Children & Families First, Attn: Special Funds, P.O. Box 1477, Hockessin, DE 19707
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