Family SHADE: Support and Healthcare Alliance Delaware

Their Vision: The Family SHADE will enable, empower and enrich families' lives by connecting families to supports and services.


Their Mission: Delaware's Family SHADE is a collaborative alliance of family partners and organizations committed to improving the quality of life for children and youth with special health care needs by connecting families and providers to information, resources and services. 


Special Healthcare Needs: Children with special health care needs (CYSHCN) are defined as those "who have or are at increased risk for chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally." McPherson M, Aragno P, Fox H, Lauver C, McManus M, Newacheck PW, Perrin JM, Shonkoff JP, Strickland B.; A new definition of children with special health care needs. Pediatrics. 1998; 102 (1 Pt 1): 137-40


One in five households with children in the United States included at least one child with special care needs. Nationwide, more than 13.5 million children- 18.5 percent of all children under the age of 18- have special health care needs. 


Children with special health care needs have a wide range of chronic illnesses, disabilities or emotional or behavioral health issues, such as severe asthma, autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, Down syndrome, sensory impairments, sickle cell anemia and spina bifida. Families in every demographic group, including all income levels and ethnicities, have children with special health care needs. 


Effective family support of CYSHCN requires a multi-faceted, family-centered approach. Family SHADE works with committed partner organizations (either formal organizations or parent groups) to ensure that parents, siblings and extended families have the resources, information, and social and emotional support to care for children with special needs. 


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Delaware Ecumenical Council on Children and Families
240 N James St
Suite 111
Wilmington, DE 19804


Phone: 302 2251040

Toll Free: 855 6132110

Fax: 302 2251041


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Please help us continue our program services to Delaware children, elderly and families:

  • Please select agency 9374 on your United Way contribution.
  • Delaware State employees can support us through the State Employees Charitable Campaign (SECC).
  • You can also help by sending a donation directly to DECCF, 240 N. James Street, Suite 111, Wilmington, DE 19804. All gifts are tax deductible


Do you want to get involved?

  • Can you give someone a ride to the doctor's office?
  • Can you take someone along with you when you go to the store?
  • Visit a lonely person once a week?
  • Call someone on the phone so they don't feel alone?

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