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Services and Programs for Children

Services and Programs for Children



Abuse, Neglect, Exploitation and Advocacy

  • Long Term Care Facility Enforcement Information
    This Web page provides information about the enforcement actions that the Division of Long Term Care Residents Protection is authorized to impose in the case of violations of Delaware laws or regulations pertaining to long term care services/facilities. The State laws include the Adult Abuse Registry Law, the Criminal Background Check Law, the Resident/Patient Abuse and Neglect Law, and the State law regarding nursing homes and other long term care facilities. This Web page also provides information about the enforcement actions that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services can impose in the case of non-compliance with federal regulations pertaining to Medicare/Medicaid-certified nursing homes. The page gives links to the relevant sections regarding enforcment actions in the Delaware Code and the Code of Federal Regulations.

    Enforcement information is provided by the Division of Long Term Residents Protection (DLTCRP). For more information, please visit the DLTCRP website. To make complaints about long term care facilities and resident abuse, mistreatment, neglect, or financial exploitation contact DLTCRP via their Complaint and Incident Reporting information.

Adoption, Foster Care and Day Care Facility Information

Caregiver Support

  • Child Care
    This service provides support for families with young children to enable the caretaker to hold a job, obtain training or meet special needs of the child.

    This service is provided by the Division of Social Services (DSS). For more information about DSS services, please visit the DSS website or contact DSS.
  • Joining Generations
    Joining Generations is a statewide intergenerational program operated by the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities. The goal of the program is to bring elderly and the youth together in planned activities which benefit both generations. Joining Generations administers the Family Circles program. Family Circles is a support/education group program for grandparents and relatives raising others' children. In addition, Joining Generations provides support and technical assistance to other organizations in Delaware that are interested in developing intergenerational services. For additional intergenerational information and programs, please see the DSAAPD Intergenerational Programs page.

    This service is provided by the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD). For a complete list of services provided by DSAAPD, please visit the DSAAPD services page, the DSAAPD website or contact DSAAPD.
  • Kinship Care
    The Kinship Care Program provides assistance for relative caregivers during the 90-day transition period when a child first moves into the non-parent caregiver's home. The program assists in meeting immediate needs for clothing, shelter, health, safety, and educational supplies.

    This service is provided by the Division of State Service Centers (DSSC). For more information about DSSC services, please visit the DSSC website or contact DSSC.

Child Support Enforcement

  • DHSS's Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) is a state agency that helps the person caring for a child to collect child support and medical support when one or both parents are out of the home. For current or former public assistance families, there is no charge for DCSE services. For all others, there is a $25.00 one time application fee. To obtain more information about Child Support Enforcement and how to apply for child support, please contact DCSE via the contact information provided on the DCSE website.

Health Services and Medical Assistance

  • Child Development Watch
    Child Development Watch is the statewide early intervention program for children ages birth to 3 to enhance the development of infants and toddlers with disabilities or developmental delays.

    This service is provided by the Division of Public Health (DPH). For more information about DPH services, please visit the DPH website or contact DPH.
  • Children's Community Alternative Disability Program
    This program provides Medicaid coverage to severely disabled children who do not qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or other Medicaid qualifying programs because of their parents' income and/or resources.

    This service is provided by the Division of Social Services (DSS). For more information about DSS services, please visit the DSS website or contact DSS.
  • Healthy Children
    The Delaware Healthy Children Program is targeted to children under age 19 with whose family income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and who do not qualify for Medicaid. Eligible children receive prescription services, doctor visits, hospital care, labs, Xrays and 31 days of mental health and substance abuse treatment services per calendar year (inpatient or outpatient) in addition to the MCO benefit of 30 outpatient visits for mental health.

    This service is provided by the Division of Social Services (DSS). For more information about DSS services, please visit the DSS website or contact DSS.
  • Immunizations
    Immunizations services help the uninsured and underinsured receive the required childhood vaccinations.

    This service is provided by the Division of Public Health (DPH). For more information about DPH services, please visit the DPH website or contact DPH.
  • Medicaid
    Medicaid furnishes medical assistance to eligible low-income families and to eligible aged, blind and/or disabled people whose income is insufficient to meet the cost of necessary medical services.

    This service is provided by the Division of Social Services (DSS). For more information about DSS services, please visit the DSS website or contact DSS.
  • Birth to 3
    Birth to Three is a statewide, comprehensive, coordinated, multidisciplinary, interagency system that provides early intervention services and supports for infants and toddlers with disabilities and developmental delays and their families.

    This service is provided by the Division of Management Services (DSS). For more information about DMS services, please visit the DMS website or contact DMS.
  • Other Health Services and Information

    Other health services for children provided by the Division of Public Health (DPH). For more information about DPH services, please visit the DPH website or contact DPH.

Information and Assistance/Case Coordination

  • Family Visitation Centers
    Family Visitation Centers provide safe, neutral settings where children can maintain or re-establish a relationship with a non-custodial parent. The Visitation Centers provide monitored exchanges, supervised visitations and group visitations.

    This service is provided by the Division of State Service Centers (DSSC). For more information about DSSC services and locations, please visit the DSSC website or contact DSSC.
  • Food Stamps
    Food Stamps is a program that enables low-income families to buy a variety of food that is the basis for better nutrition.

    This service is provided by the Division of Social Services (DSS). For more information about DSS services, please visit the DSS website or contact DSS.

Nutrition

Transportation

  • Dental Transportation
    In cooperation with school systems, transportation is provided from school to dental clinics in the state service centers for eligible low-income children.

    This service is provided by the Division of State Service Centers (DSSC). For more information about DSSC services and locations, please visit the DSSC website or contact DSSC.
Last Updated: Tuesday January 28 2014
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