On June 23, 2008, Anne Marie Ambrose began working as Commissioner for the Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS). Under her leadership, the agency has made significant progress in improving organizational effectiveness and performance, provider monitoring and oversight, and outcomes for children and families served by DHS. She is committed to better serving the needs of the children and families in Philadelphia by partnering with the community and other child-serving systems. Ms. Ambrose envisions DHS as becoming a leading child welfare agency in the nation.From 2005 to 2008, Anne Marie was the Director of Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Services for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. She was responsible for the operation of four regional offices that provided licensing, conducted child abuse investigations, and offered technical assistance for public and private agencies as well as seven state-run facilities for delinquent youth including one for girls. more »
Vanessa Garrett Harley is currently the Deputy Commissioner of the Children and Youth Division at the Department of Human Services. In this position she is responsible for child welfare services provided to the children and families of Philadelphia in the hotline, intake, ongoing services and adoption divisions of DHS. These services are strategically designed to ensure the safety, permanency and well being of the Department’s clients.
Prior to arriving at DHS, Ms. Garrett Harley served as the Chair of the Social Services Law Group of the City of Philadelphia Law Department where she was responsible for providing legal advice to the City’s social services agencies. Ms. Garrett Harley supervised the work of both the Child Welfare Unit and the Health and Adult Services Unit. Ms. Garrett Harley joined the Child Welfare Unit in 2002 and was promoted to Chair in 2007. Prior to working in the Child Welfare Unit, Ms. Garrett Harley worked in the Major Trials Unit of the Claims section of the Law Department.
Ms. Garrett Harley’s past legal experience also includes working for the federal government, corporate counsel and private practice.
Timene Farlow, Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Juvenile Justice Services began her career with DHS in 1995 as a social worker. Her first job was in the intake unit, conducting investigations of alleged abuse and neglect and then transitioned to Adoptions as a supervisor. Convinced that her true passion could be lived out working primarily with adolescents, she began working at the Youth Study Center, the City's only secure juvenile detention facility, in 1999. Later, she left the Youth Study Center to take on the role of Director of Court and Community Services, a position which served to broaden her exposure to the larger juvenile justice system and which greatly aided in her acquisition of the skills and understanding needed for her current role as the Division's Deputy Commissioner.
Ms. Farlow is passionate about her work and is a staunch advocate for youth in the juvenile justice system. She has a special interest in gender-responsive services for females as well as the issue of disproportionate minority contact and confinement. She firmly believes that the needs of adjudicated youth can best be met through quality, evidence-based programming which looks not only to address the delinquency needs, but the unresolved dependency needs with which many of these youth also present.Ms. Farlow is a native Philadelphian who attended LaSalle University for undergraduate studies and received her MSW from Temple University. She has one adult daughter and a teen-age grand-daughter.