Due to extremely cold conditions, the City is implementing special measures to keep people who are homeless safe. If you see someone who needs shelter, call (215) 232-1984.
In effect: 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16 until further notice

Department of Human Services

Working together with communities to support families and protect children.

Department of Human Services

What we do

Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services is the county child welfare and juvenile justice agency. Our mission is to provide and promote safety, permanency, and well-being for children and youth at risk of abuse, neglect, and delinquency. Our main service areas include:

  • Prevention. We work with families to safely care for children in their own home to reduce child abuse and neglect.
  • Child Welfare. We operate Philadelphia’s child abuse hotline, investigate allegations of child abuse and neglect, and help children involved with DHS achieve a permanent home. We manage the private organizations (Community Umbrella Agencies) that provide case management and other support services in 10 geographic regions throughout Philadelphia.
  • Foster and Adoption. We contract with state-licensed agencies who certify homes as placements for children and youth who are not safe in their own homes. The goal of foster care is to reunite children with their families. When this is not possible, as determined by the courts, many resource parents choose to adopt the children who are in their care. Find out how to become a foster parent and how to adopt a child.
  • Juvenile Justice. We operate the county’s juvenile detention facility, manage contracts for court-ordered youth programs, and work to divert youth from the formal justice system through intensive prevention services.

Connect

Address
1515 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Email dhscommunications@phila.gov

Events

  • Jan
    18
    Parent Cafe – “New Year, New You"
    3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Lawncrest Recreation Center, 6000 Rising Sun Avenue, E Comly St, Philadelphia, PA 19111, USA

    Parent Cafe – “New Year, New You"

    January 18, 2020
    3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, 3 hours
    Lawncrest Recreation Center, 6000 Rising Sun Avenue, E Comly St, Philadelphia, PA 19111, USA
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    CATHOLIC COMMUNITY SERVICES, CUA #4
    REGISTRATION- TASHONN BUNGY at Tbungy@CHS-adphila.org /(215) 783-9853 OR ROBYN ROZARIO at Rrozario@CHS-adphila.org /(215) 687-0486
  • Jan
    20
    Community Engagement Event – MLK Day of Service
    9:00 am to 3:00 pm
    Trinity United Methodist Church, 1814 Wharton St, Philadelphia, PA 19146, USA

    Community Engagement Event – MLK Day of Service

    January 20, 2020
    9:00 am to 3:00 pm, 6 hours
    Trinity United Methodist Church, 1814 Wharton St, Philadelphia, PA 19146, USA
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    BETHANNA, CUA # 8
    REGISTRATION: CARLOTTA STAFFORD at Cstafford@bethanna.org /(267) 524-2470) or KARISA BARLOW at Kbarlow@bethanna.org /(267)294-1231


    Build community, serve the homeless & enjoy a meal withyour neighbors.

  • Jan
    22
    Parent Cafe – “Self- Love is not Selfish”
    8:30 am to 11:30 am
    Pennell School, 1800 W Nedro Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19141, USA

    Parent Cafe – “Self- Love is not Selfish”

    January 22, 2020
    8:30 am to 11:30 am, 3 hours
    Pennell School, 1800 W Nedro Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19141, USA
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    TURNING POINTS FOR CHILDREN/TP4C, CUA #5
    REGISTRATION:
    SHAWN WOODS at Swoods@turningpoints.phmc.org /(267) 766-2000 or Lois Dyson at Ldyson@turningpoints.phmc.org (267) 294-5909

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