About Us In 1884, three local organizations – The Friends Benevolent Society, The Provident Society, and the St. Vincent de Paul Society – combined to form the Associated Charities of Wilmington. Their purpose: “To ensure that all who have fallen into distress…shall be wisely helped to regain self-support….” From that acorn sprouted a mighty oak. Through various mergers with other charitable organizations over the past 126 years, that oak has become Children & Families First – a non-profit social services agency whose branches have touched every corner of Delaware, improving the lives of those in need.

Children & Families First serves over 30,000 children and families each year. Our dedicated team of staff and volunteers deliver more than 30 comprehensive social service programs throughout Delaware. Our services are child-centered and family-focused, forming a comprehensive continuum of quality social, educational and mental health services.

Our Mission
Children & Families First helps children facing adversity on their journey to adulthood. We use proven methods to help families raise their children so they can flourish.

Our Vision
Communities where children are nurtured and safe, individuals are valued, and families are strong and self-sufficient.

CFF does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.