Support and the JDRF Family Network

Support for families through JDRF Delaware

Finding out that your child has type 1 diabetes can be overwhelming. You receive so much information from your doctors, diabetes educators, and dieticians, but then the time comes when you and your child go home and do it alone. But, you are not alone. We are here to help, and invite you to take advantage of the opportunities available.

Family Support and Healthcare Alliance Delaware (S.H.A.D.E)
Delaware’s Family SHADE is a collaborative alliance of family partners and organizations committed to improving the quality of life for children and youth with special health care needs by connecting families and providers to information, resources and services. Click the link to view the Delaware Family SHADE’s Information and Referral on-line database.

Family Network
All families dealing with type 1 diabetes are welcome to be a part of the JDRF Family Network! The Network was formed by families living with type 1 diabetes to help families with a newly diagnosed child or adolescent cope with this new way of living. You will receive invitations and updates on events and opportunities from JDRF Delaware. To join our family network email

Bag of Hope
The Bag of Hope is a free care package full of information to help families learn more about type 1 diabetes management and diabetes research. The Bag of Hope is a backpack which includes informational books on diabetes, a DVD, The Calorie King® Calorie, Fat & Carbohydrate Counter guide book, an Accu-Check meter, a case for your meter, and Rufus, the Bear with Diabetes. There is something for everyone in the family to help them understand further what it means to have type 1 diabetes.

Adult T1D Care Kit
The T1D Care Kit was created as part of an effort to ensure that all individuals who are newly diagnosed with T1D receive the information and support necessary to adjust to life with this disease. We are excited to announce that JDRF’s Adult T1D Care Kit is the product of a new national collaboration with Bayer, Medtronic, and Novo Nordisk. This messenger-style bag serves as an important new resource for newly diagnosed adults with T1D. It includes materials for adults that focus on life stages. The Kit includes Novo Nordisk coupon for discount on NovoLog®, Novo Nordisk patient education kit, Bayer Contour® Next meter and educational inserts, Medtronic educational resources, Adult Type 1 Toolkit, Calorie King book, Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes, by Mary Tyler Moore and local JDRF chapter information.

Mentor Program
Our mentor program pairs you with another family who are old hands at living with T1D. These parents can answer questions, lend an ear and give great tips about life with T1D. We will put you in touch with someone who is willing to share their experiences with you and answer your questions.

Young Leadership Committee
The Young Leadership Committee (YLC) is geared towards young professionals ages 21-40 who want to network, raise awareness and fundraise for JDRF. Members of YLC meet regularly throughout Delaware for social gatherings. Click here to learn more about the JDRF Delaware YLC group.

Additional resources to help you learn more about management and care of diabetes.

Christiana Care Diabetes Education
Christiana Care offers a variety of group and individual education programs at locations throughout New Castle County. For a listing of current programs click here.

Contact JDRF Delaware
For more information about the JDRF Family Network or request a Bag of Hope or Adult T1D Care Kit, please contact (302) 888-1117 or