Fostering Connections Resource Center

Delaware's family finding strategies

Delaware has "Special Investigators" assigned to the agency that hold police authority. Through that authority they have the ability to access law enforcement search programs to assist staff in locating parents and other relatives. Delaware also has a contract with People Search to locate missing parents and other relatives. Delaware adheres to core social work principles regarding its family engagement strategies and diligent search efforts for relatives throughout the life of a child's case. Delaware does not define these initiatives as intensive family finding according to the federal standards.


The Fostering Connections Resource Center gratefully acknowledges the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators for providing these summaries of state approaches. Please visit NAPCWA for the complete implementation summary.

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