Governor Carney Signs Rep. Lynn ‘Take Care Delaware’ Bill

DOVER – Surrounded by school officials, child advocates and law enforcement, Governor John Carney signed legislation Friday that will bolster Delaware’s focus on trauma-informed care.

House Bill 74, sponsored by Rep. Sean Lynn, forms the Take Care Delaware program, enabling a police officer or emergency-care provider to inform local schools when a child has been involved in a traumatic event, so the school can address their needs.

“Children deserve to thrive at their full potential, and this program ensures children are receiving wraparound services and support,” said Rep. Lynn, D-Dover North. “As a former teacher and current family lawyer, I’ve seen firsthand how trauma can impact a child. If we can intervene and help when there is an issue, we should.

“I appreciate the support from the Delaware Children’s Department, Governor Carney, school resource officers, law enforcement and child advocates in making this program a reality.”

The Smyrna School District will initiate Take Care Delaware as a pilot program. It will look to help foster best practices for law enforcement and schools in preventing and mitigating the negative, sometimes lifelong impact of childhood exposure to trauma. The ultimate goal is for this program to expand statewide. 

“This new law will help us with our efforts to address trauma that children are experiencing across our state,” said Governor Carney. “We made Delaware a trauma-informed state in 2018 because it‘s incredibly important to provide services for our children who experience trauma so they can succeed. I want to thank Representative Lynn for his leadership on this issue, and everyone who played a role for bringing this initiative to Delaware.”