News & Events
November 13, 2009
DHS & Family Court Recognize National Adoption Month
Philadelphia--In recognition of National Adoption Month, the adoptions of 22 foster children will be finalized in Family Court on Friday, November 13th.   Following the adoption proceedings, The Department of Human Services (DHS) and Family Court will sponsor a celebration with food and entertainment for these special families and children as they begin their new lives together.

October 29, 2009
DHS Receives Full License from State
Philadelphia—The Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS) received full licenses for both the Children and Youth Division and the Youth Study Center from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. “For the past two years, the Department has worked tirelessly to implement reforms that ensure the safety and well being of children,” said DHS Commissioner Anne Marie Ambrose.  “We are gratified that the State has recognized the Department’s progress and we are committed to continuing our efforts to improve services for vulnerable children. There remains much work to do at DHS but our full license is further evidence that we are on the right road.”

August 7, 2009
DHS Commissioner to Dismiss Laura Somerer and Dana Philadelphia
Philadelphia Department of Human Services Commissioner, Anne Marie Ambrose announced her intent to terminate Laura Sommerer and Dana Poindexter, the two social workers indicted in the Danieal Kelly case. Both Poindexter and Sommerer were subject to disciplinary panel hearings yesterday, during which their respective cases were evaluated by an internal committee of peers, supervisors, and union representatives.

June 18, 2009
Philadelphia— Department of Human Services Commissioner, Anne Marie Ambrose will honor Logan Elementary fourth grade teacher Jasmine Williams and her class today during a school assembly. As school draws to a close, most fourth graders are cleaning out their desks and longing for summer vacation to begin.  But this very special fourth grade class is hard at work, saving the lives of other children.

April 21, 2009
DHS to Break Ground on New Youth Study Center
Philadelphia--The Philadelphia Department of Human Services will break ground on a new state-of-the-art Youth Study Center at 48th and Haverford Avenue in Philadelphia on Tuesday April 21st at 10:30am.  The event will feature remarks by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, and DHS Commissioner Anne Marie Ambrose.

January 23, 2009
State of Pennsylvania grants DHS Full License
Philadelphia—The Department of Human Services (DHS) is pleased to announce that it has earned a full license for the first time since July of 2007.  The Department of Public Welfare (DPW) notified DHS of its status on Thursday, January 22nd, 2009. This is extremely positive news for the agency; proving that the reform effort is indeed in full swing and clearly capable of bringing about positive change.

January 21, 2009
Achieving Independence Center Hosts Mentoring Luncheon
Philadelphia— The Achieving Independence Center (AI Center) will commence its Mentoring Month activities by hosting its 6th Annual Celebratory Luncheon for youth and their volunteer mentors. Guests will enjoy musical performances, poetry readings, dynamic speakers and gourmet food. The Mentoring program is part of a larger effort by the AI Center to provide young adults in the foster care system with the tools and resources they need to lead successful and fulfilling lives as independents.

September 26, 2008
City Of Philadelphia Announces The Completion Of The Relocation Of Waldemar Raemisch’s Bronze Sculptural Groups
The Great Doctor and The Great Mother, two heroic-sized bronze sculptural groups, were commissioned in 1955 for the exterior of the City's Youth Study Center at 20th and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

September 25, 2008
DHS to Hold Town Hall Meetings
The Philadelphia Department of Human Services will hold a series of town hall meetings in locations throughout the city during the months of October and November.

September 13, 2008
Philadelphia foster youth score points from Beijing Olympic Soccer Champion
Kate Sobrero Markgraf, Juvenile Law Center Board member and Olympic gold medalist, is holding a special soccer clinic this morning at Palumbo Recreation Center field to encourage foster youth to get involved in recreation league soccer.

August 7, 2008
DHS Commissioner Dismisses Laura Sommerer and Dana Poindexter
Philadelphia Department of Human Services Commissioner, Anne Marie Ambrose announced her intent to terminate the employment of Laura Sommerer and Dana Poindexter, the two DHS social workers indicted in the Danieal Kelly case.

August 4, 2008
Mayor Nutter, Deputy Mayor Schwarz, Commissioner Ambrose Announce More Changes At DHS
Philadelphia, August 4 — Today Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Deputy Mayor Schwarz and Commissioner Anne Marie Ambrose announced more changes in response to the Grand Jury findings in relation to the death of Danieal Kelly in 2006.

Department of Human Services Hosts Annual Children’s Crusader Awards In Honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month
PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS) today recognized the exemplary efforts of DHS staff to protect Philadelphia’s children from abuse and neglect in the annual Children’s Crusader Awards, held at City Hall.

March 25, 2008
Joshua Mentoring Education Conference 2008
The Department of Human Services (DHS), Community-Based Prevention Services (CBPS),’Faith-Based Connection (FBC) will be sponsoring the 2008 Joshua Mentoring Education Conference at the Southwest Leadership Academy located at 7101 Paschall Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19142, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 5, 2008.

Operation Safe Partners: Dhs Teams With Fire Department To Provide Smoke Alarms To Dhs Clients
In what is being hailed as a win-win situation for the cities most vulnerable residents, the Philadelphia Department of Human Services has joined forces with the Philadelphia Fire Department to implement an impressive new fire safety initiative.

January 29, 2008
Mayor Nutter Appoints Dhs Community Oversight Board
Today Michael A. Nutter announced nine members who will serve on the renewed Department of Human Services Community Oversight Board. The new board will meet for the first time later today from 4:30 - 6:30 pm in the Commissioner's conference room on the 8th floor of 1515 Arch St., Philadelphia.

January 23, 2008
Achieving Independence Center to host Mentor Recognition Luncheon
In honor of National Mentoring Month, the Achieving Independence Center (AIC) and PathWaysPA, Inc. will host the 5th Annual Mentor Recognition Luncheon on Saturday, January 26, from 1:00 to 4:00 at Temple University—SAC Annex, 1755 North 13th Street.

January 18, 2008
Philadelphia Foster Parents Named Hometown Heroes by 76ers
Philadelphia foster parents Jessie Floyd and Michael Gaymon will be honored as Hometown Heroes by the Philadelphia 76ers.

November 9, 2007
Philadelphia Heart Gallery’s Third Annual Exhibit At Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church
Heart Gallery Philadelphia will host its Third Annual Gala exhibit Saturday, November 17th, 7 to 9 p.m. at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church located at 2800 W. Cheltenham Ave. The exhibit features compelling portraits of 37 foster children who are awaiting adoption in Philadelphia.

October 23, 2007
Dhs And Health Department Launch New Campaign Warning To Parents About The Dangers Of Unsafe Infant Sleeping Environments
Bringing a newborn child into an adult bed to sleep with mom and dad – a practice known as co-sleeping - may seem like a natural, nurturing act. Likewise, laying a baby down on a cushy sofa or a crib full of fluffy stuffed animals may seem entirely safe and appropriate. But for far too many Philadelphia families, these seemingly safe sleeping environments for their newborn babies have become beds of sorrow.

October 4, 2007
Injured Dhs Social Worker Attends Phillies Play Off Game
Department of Human Services social worker Danelle Cooper, who was assaulted last week while responding to a tip call about abused children, will be Mayor John Streets guest at today’s Phillies game.

November 21, 2003
City of Philadelphia Celebrates National Adoption Month
Today, in recognition of National Adoption Month, Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Alba Martinez and City Solicitor Nelson A. Diaz held a press conference in the lobby of the Municipal Services Building (MSB)...