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DE Asked To Help House Immigrant Children

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DELAWARE - As the immigration crisis continues, many states, including Delaware, have been approached about housing minors from Central America.

According to Kelly Bachman, a spokeswoman for Governor Jack Markell's office, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its Administration for Children and Families reached out to agencies in many states in recent months asking for assistance in identifying housing for minors who come into the custody of federal immigration officials.  More recently, DHHS reportedly reached out to governors, including Governor Markell, asking directly for assistance locating providers with institutions that could house large numbers of minors. 

Bachman says that Delaware does not have a facility that would be able to provide the wide range of services necessary to meet this request. In addition, the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families reportedly shared with ACF that Delaware's licensed providers have only a very limited number of beds.

At this point, the DSCYF is reportedly not aware that any Delaware provider is working with the DHHS/ACF on housing unaccompanied alien minors. If they were, Bachman says the DSCYF would expect to be informed by both the federal agency and the provider. 

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