Picking up from one place and moving to another is always a hassle, especially when children and pets are involved. Knowing whom to call or where to find information can help make the transition easier.
Local government websites are valuable resources for newcomers to Kent County because they provide important connections to other residents, local businesses and public safety. These sites give up-to-date information on local happenings, municipal contacts, weather and events such as city council meetings:
State of Delaware
City of Dover
City of Harrington
City of Milford
Town of Smyrna
FAMILY, CHILDREN AND CHILD CARE SERVICES
Child Care Aware
Improving access to affordable, quality child care is one of Child Care Aware of America’s top goals. Search the site’s “State by State Resources for Families” to connect with national organizations and associations that provide information for families regarding child development, parenting, and child care concerns and questions.
The site will also help you find information on locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.
There’s also a special section for the military child covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Delaware Health and Social Services
Delaware Health and Social Services works to improve the quality of Delaware citizens’ lives by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency and protecting vulnerable populations. The department’s divisions provide child support enforcement, Medicaid and medical assistance, social services, services for aging and physically disabled persons, substance abuse and mental health services, and public health services. For more information on available programs and resources, visit the department’s website.
Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families
The Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families primarily provides and manages services for children who have experienced abuse, neglect, abandonment, mental illness or substance abuse. Services include prevention, early intervention, assessment, treatment and aftercare services. The department is also responsible for licensing day care facilities.
The department’s five divisions include Family Services; Child Abuse Prevention and Reporting; Prevention and Behavioral Health Services; Child Care Licensing, and Youth Rehabilitative Services.
James W. Williams State Service Center
805 River Road
Dover, DE 19901
The James W. Williams State Service Center offers client services administered by divisions of Delaware Health and Social Services. Programs and services include: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families; a food closet; Women, Infants and Children assistance; Medicaid assistance; medical and dental services; and an emergency shelter. For a full list of services and programs, visit the center’s website.