Services for Teens

Anger Management for Youth Services targets children and adolescents 13-17 who are having difficulty managing their anger at home, in school, and/or in other social settings. The curriculum focuses on the “ABCD” method of anger management. For more information, call (302) 254-5523.

The mission of CHILD, Inc.’s Governor Terry Children’s Center is to reduce the possibility, incidence, or reoccurrence of child abuse or neglect by providing an emergency home, food, clothing and age-appropriate counseling to children, ages six through seventeen years. CHILD, Inc. currently operates the Governor Terry Children’s Center. These children are in the care of the State of Delaware, Division of Family Services. The Home is a 10-bed, 30-day stay for residents.

In addition to provision of essential needs, everyday crisis alleviation and supportive care, each resident receives a thorough psychosocial assessment, as well as continued individual counseling when needed. Other services such as advocacy, referrals, collateral involvement and therapeutic family interactions, are provided when appropriate. Clinical and other general observations about the children and youth are possible because of the unique 24-hour home-like environment, and can be useful in making recommendations about future placement, medical conditions, mental health issues, and social needs. The Home director and staff become integral in the experience of the children and youth during a potentially traumatic period in their lives.

Home staff provides transportation as needed so that residents may continue going to the schools that they attended before placement, providing continuity. The residents also take part in weekly group activities, evening study time, recreational activities and outings. Several organizations in the community generously donate goods, services, and/or provision of various activities to the residents throughout the year.

CHILD, Inc.’s Specialized Foster Care Program is contracted with the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families to provide foster family placement for youth, males and females, ages 8 to 18. These youth have experienced recent or past abuse and/or neglect at the hands of parents, guardians, or caregivers.

If you want to become a Foster Parent click on the link for more details: Foster Parenting

The Helping Children Heal program serves children age 2 to 18 who been exposed to Intimate Partner Abuse as well as their families and caregivers. Treatment focuses on safety planning, working through feelings related to the violence, and developing skills to break the intergenerational cycle of violence. Services include individual, sibling, and family counseling, using traditional talk therapy as well as play therapy. Parent sessions are held to assess progress, provide ongoing education regarding the impact of intimate partner violence on children, and teach partnering skills.

For further information or to setup an appointment contact Erin at (302) 762-8989.

Runaway and Homeless Youth Hotline: (302) 762-6373

The goals of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program is to improve family functioning and reduce out-of-home placements.

Dysfunctional behavior, such as defiance, disrespect, drug use, and truancy continue to be a major concern in many families. Sometimes, youth run away from home or school as a way of coping with these, and many other challenges. Where can they go for help, without the fear of being judged, misunderstood, or even punished?

The Runaway and Homeless Youth Project of CHILD, Inc. operates a 24-Hour Runaway Hotline that serves as a vital link between runaways, their families, and CHILD, Inc. counseling services. The Project provides free individual and family counseling, a temporary emergency home, and related services to runaway and homeless youth and families experiencing stress.

Free outreach presentations are also available.

For the first time in history, communities in multiple states are simultaneously developing programs for the primary prevention of intimate partner violence. CHILD, Inc. is proud to staff one of these projects. The CHILD, Inc. Safe & Respectful Coordinator works to engage youth as leaders of their community, provide professional development trainings, and encourage school involvement in an attempt to deliver a holistic approach to violence prevention and the promotion of violence-free communities. The specialized programming aims to prevent teen dating violence by addressing cultural norms that allow it to exist.

If you’d like to schedule a presentation on Teen Dating Violence Prevention for your school or community center, please contact Gabby Coleman at 302-762-8989. Free counseling groups are also available for teens who have been involved in unhealthy dating relationships and have exhibited aggressive behavior (verbal, on-line or physical) toward their partner. If you are feeling like you could use someone to talk to about a teen dating situation and are confused about what a healthy dating relationship looks like, contact Michael Blume at 302-762-8989.

In 2014, CHILD, inc. opened an additional location within the Sparrow Run community called Kids Place.

Kids Place provides educational and recreational activities and programs to children and youth residing in the community of Sparrow Run.

All youth residing in the Sparrow Run community are eligible to join, please call (302) 489-2407.