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Director of Division of Family Services Discusses Aging Out of Foster Care – Sunday, April 7th – in the Sanctuary

Trenee Parker, the Director of Family Services (DFS), Delaware’s child protective agency, will discuss issues facing young adults as they age out of foster care and transition to adulthood on Sunday, April 7th, following the church service. The Share-the-Plate collection for ILYA’s year-round projects will be taken that morning. ILYA (Independent Living for Young Adults) is a volunteer social action program whereby church members and friends coordinate with DFS and its five contract non-profit social agencies to support young adults who have been in foster care and now are on their own with little or no family support.

Director Parker earned her Master’s Degree in Psychology from Salisbury University and has spent her entire career as a DFS employee, beginning as an intern in 1995. She worked in an Investigation unit, in Treatment and in Adoption before moving into administration. In 2015, she was appointed to be Deputy Director of DFS, with one focus on infants with prenatal substance exposure.  She was appointed Director of DFS in January, 2018.

She has called ILYA: “a backbone of support that youth can continue to rely on for help, advocacy and support.”