Delaware County Children Services works with children, families, community agencies, placement services, and other support services to ensure that every child in Delaware County is in a safe and stable home. The mission of Children Services is
'To serve the youth of Delaware County who are, or may be at risk of abuse or neglect so that children are raised in a safe, stable, nurturing, and permanent environment.'
Delaware County Children Services investigates allegations of child abuse and/or neglect. If the allegations are found to be substantiated, the county may need to open a protective services case and/or place children in an alternative home setting until they can be reunited with their family.
Children Services works to involve the Delaware community in the care of these children by offering a variety of programs that residents can become involved in. Children Services recruits foster and adoptive parents, respite care providers, and mentors. The time commitments for these programs vary, ranging from a few hours a week or a weekend to permanent care. To learn more about these services, click on the link 'Services Offered.' You can also view the dates of information sessions held by Children Services in the 'Calendar of Events.'