History and Governance

History

Family SHADE was established in 2011 with funding from the Delaware Division of Public Health Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Family SHADE was formed in response to a needs assessment of families and service providers conducted by Delaware’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The results of the needs assessment indicated the need to strengthen, expand, and coordinate a system of family supports that are easily accessible, avoid duplication, use resources efficiently, and prevent gaps in services to families of CYSHCN throughout Delaware. To address these recommendations, organizations, agencies and family members came together to form Family SHADE, an “umbrella” organization that is specifically dedicated to sharing information, resources and expertise to benefit and support families of CYSHCN. The Center for Disabilities Studies at the University of Delaware serves as the administrative home, fiduciary agent and convening agency for Family SHADE.


Governance

Family SHADE’s original Bylaws were officially adopted in November 2011 by an interim Advisory Board.  The Bylaws describe the governance structure of Family SHADE in detail. The Bylaws have since gone through some revisions and the most recent version is available for download below.

PDF file iconFamily SHADE Bylaws BYLAWS 120716 Adobe Acrobat document [238.9 KB]


Strategic Plan

The interim Advisory Board developed a strategic plan for the organization that outlines goals and objectives for Family SHADE through 2013. The strategic plan is available for download below.

PDF file iconFamily SHADE Strategic Plan STRATEGIC PLAN.pdf (link opens in a new tab/window) Adobe Acrobat document [391.0 KB]


Leadership

The current members of the Advisory Board and Family SHADE staff are listed on the Board, Staff and Partners page.