Delilah is a mother of 13 children, 10 of whom are adopted. Her adopted son, Sammy Young Dzolali Rene, died on March 12, 2012 of complications of sickle-cell anemia. She has been married four times (and divorced three times), which she tells as a frequent joke on the show and mentions when giving advice to her callers. She is an Evangelical Christian and a public advocate of adoption. Her on-air persona is said to be remarkably similar to her real personality.
In 2004, partly because of her personal experience with the foster care system, and partly because her heart was touched by a fact-finding trip to Ghana, she founded a humanitarian aid, non-profit organization, Point Hope, as a voice for forgotten children everywhere. It is focused on saving lives, providing purpose and restoring hope for foster children in America and for refugees and other vulnerable persons in Ghana and Liberia, providing a sustainable helping hand-up instead of a hand-out to these persons. The work in Ghana began through providing fresh, safe drinking water, thus alleviating the suffering of Liberian refugees who were camped at Buduburam, a refugee camp that was established in Ghana following the Liberian civil war. Point Hope now provides educational support, infant feeding programs and vocational training in addition to a fresh water program.
Delilah has written three books: Love Someone Today, Love Matters, and Arms Full of Love. She is currently finishing a fourth book, to be published by Rosetta Books. She lives near Port Orchard, Washington. She formerly owned and operated a business in downtown Port Orchard called Delilah’s Cozy Kitchen. She voiced Sarah in the VeggieTales episode “Abe and the Amazing Promise”, released by Big Idea Productions.
On October 27, 2012 Delilah married her longtime pal, Paul Warner, at her home. The invited guests (and most of the staff) were only aware they were attending her Halloween party.