Press Releases

Philadelphia, June 27, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the departure of three senior staff members: Dr. Donald Schwarz, Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity and Health Commissioner; Anne Marie Ambrose, Department of Human Services Commissioner; and Suzanne Biemiller, First Deputy Chief of Staff. MORE »

Philadelphia, June 10, 2014 – The City of Philadelphia released a report that found 17% of all Philadelphia public school students have been involved with the Department of Human Services (DHS) and/or the juvenile justice system at some point during their school years, and that these students have greater educational needs than their peers. MORE »

Philadelphia, May 6, 2014 Anne Marie Ambrose, Commissioner of the Department of Human Services, (DHS) was selected to receive the 2013 Betsey R. Rosenbaum Award for Excellence in Public Child Welfare Administrators by the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators. Commissioner Ambrose was nominated by Marc Cherna, Director of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services and member of the Community Oversight Board, for her exceptional leadership through one of Philadelphia’s most troubling times. MORE »

Philadelphia, January 8, 2014 - The Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS) reached a major milestone in shifting the management of child welfare cases from the City to community-based organizations by selecting the final three agencies to oversee cases in their neighborhoods. With these selections, Community Umbrella Agencies (CUAs) are now in place for all ten coverage areas of the City under the sweeping DHS reform called Improving Outcomes for Children (IOC), a community-based approach to service delivery. MORE »

Philadelphia, April 14, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter received the Community Oversight Board’s (COB) 2014 Annual report for the Department of Human Services, which recognizes DHS’s successful implementation of twenty-one of the thirty-seven recommendations by the Child Welfare Review Panel (CWRP). Of the remaining sixteen recommendations, ten are being implemented through the Improving Outcomes for Children initiative, a community-based service delivery model, and six recommendations have been implemented and sustained by DHS and will continue to be monitored by the COB. MORE »

Philadelphia, January 8, 2014 - The Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS) reached a major milestone in shifting the management of child welfare cases from the City to community-based organizations by selecting the final three agencies to oversee cases in their neighborhoods. With these selections, Community Umbrella Agencies (CUAs) are now in place for all ten coverage areas of the City under the sweeping DHS reform called Improving Outcomes for Children (IOC), a community-based approach to service delivery. MORE »

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Valley Youth House and the Philadelphia Department of Human Service’s Achieving Independence Center (AIC) will co-host a casino-themed gala to support homeless and foster youth in Philadelphia on Friday, March 28, 2014 from 6 pm-10 pm at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District. The event, emceed by NYC comedian and AIC alumni Monroe Martin, will include casino games, a silent auction, and live jazz music. Mr. Martin is a former Philadelphia foster youth who uses an honest and open approach to joke and storytelling that universalizes his experiences. MORE »

Philadelphia, January 8, 2014 - The Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS) reached a major milestone in shifting the management of child welfare cases from the City to community-based organizations by selecting the final three agencies to oversee cases in their neighborhoods. With these selections, Community Umbrella Agencies (CUAs) are now in place for all ten coverage areas of the City under the sweeping DHS reform called Improving Outcomes for Children (IOC), a community-based approach to service delivery. MORE »

Philadelphia, November 27, 2013 - Taking another step toward the historic transition to community-based service delivery and stronger protection for vulnerable children, the Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS) selected two new Community Umbrella Agencies (CUAs). DHS has now chosen providers to manage child welfare cases in seven of the city’s 10 coverage areas. It is expected that the remaining three CUAs will be selected by the end of this year. MORE »

Philadelphia, November 15, 2013 - The adoptions of 18 foster youth were finalized at a ceremony and celebration recognizing National Adoption Day and sponsored by the Philadelphia Department of Human Services and Family Court. The adoption proceedings were followed by a celebratory lunch, emceed by NBC 10’s Vai Sikahema and featured circus themed entertainment for the children including a magician, face painting and Mummers. MORE »

Philadelphia, August 26, 2013 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter, City officials and partner organizations officially opened the Philadelphia Safety Collaborative, the newly co-located site for members of the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) Special Victims Unit (SVU), Department of Human Services (DHS) Sexual Abuse Investigation Unit, Philadelphia Children’s Alliance and staff from the District Attorney’s Office. PYS is a new initiative focused on connecting adjudicated youth to meaningful community service through the City’s network of non-profit and community partners. This initiative was brought to fruition through a strategic partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service, the Department of Human Services-Juvenile Justice Services, and the Philadelphia Youth Advocate Program. MORE »

Philadelphia, August 22, 2013 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter congratulated more than 100 youth, their advocates, and a host of community service partners on the successful pilot year of Philadelphia Youth in Service (PYS). PYS is a new initiative focused on connecting adjudicated youth to meaningful community service through the City’s network of non-profit and community partners. This initiative was brought to fruition through a strategic partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service, the Department of Human Services-Juvenile Justice Services, and the Philadelphia Youth Advocate Program. MORE »

Philadelphia, August 1, 2013 — To help provide school supplies and other necessities for foster youth who are headed to college or high school this fall, the Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS) and partners Wired 96.5 and XTU 92.5 have once again launched the Backpack Challenge. The Backpack Challenge will benefit high school students and college-bound youth at the Department’s Achieving Independence Center (AIC), a “one-stop” center, which helps youth aging out of foster care achieve their goals of self-sufficiency. MORE »

Philadelphia, May 10, 2013 - Philadelphia’s transition to a system in which community-based organizations manage the cases of the city’s most at-risk youth took another major stride today with the selection of three more lead agencies for specific neighborhoods. These selections bring the total to five “Community Umbrella Agencies” working under the new model called Improving Outcomes for Children (IOC). MORE »

Philadelphia, June 12, 2013 - The Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS) is the recipient of the 2013 United Nations Public Service Award, Second Place, for improving the delivery of public services in the European and North American region. More than 600 organizations from 82 countries submitted applications for a United Nations Public Service Award. DHS is one of 47 organizations to be recognized and the only North American entity selected for the 2013 United Nations Public Service Award. MORE »

Philadelphia, March 22, 2013 - Reuniting parents suffering from substance abuse with their children is the goal of a new $3 million dollar effort launched today to coordinate services among city agencies, including the Department of Human Service (DHS). DHS is responsible for caring for the children, who in this program range from newborn to five years old. MORE »

Philadelphia, March 12, 2013 -Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services (DHS) has made remarkable progress in protecting the city’s most at-risk youth, according to the agency’s newly-released 2012 Annual Report. MORE »