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.
Jun18Event“Parent Cafe”9:15 am to 11:00 am1080 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125, USAEvent
“Parent Cafe”June 18, 20199:15 am to 11:00 am, 2 hours1080 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125, USAmapTURNING POINTS FOR CHILDREN/TP4C, CUA #3
REGISTRATION- ZORAIDA CORDERO (267) 521-8373, ANDY GILL (267) 559-0334
Jun19EventParent Café9:30 am to 11:30 am116 E Luzerne St, Philadelphia, PA 19124, USAEvent
Parent CaféJune 19, 20199:30 am to 11:30 am, 2 hours116 E Luzerne St, Philadelphia, PA 19124, USAmapAPM Luzerne Office APM, CUA #2
REGISTRATION: ASHLEY MENDOZA (267) 507-1343 OR CINTHIA MARCANO (267) 234-7450
Jun19EventParenting group for parents who have children in placement2:00 pm to 4:00 pm1211 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USAEvent
Parenting group for parents who have children in placementJune 19, 20192:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 2 hours1211 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USAmap
Location: The Achieving Reunification Center, 1211 Chestnut St., 7th Fl.
How to Refer: Submit an ARC Referral or go the ARC court office at 1501 Arch St. on the 9th floor to submit a referral or call 215 PARENTS, or contact the facilitators
Facilitators: Randall Wilson, 215-683-6276, email@example.com and Belinda Twumasi, 215-683-6561, firstname.lastname@example.org
Group Description: An intensive 16-week or more education and support group for parents who have children in out-of-home placement. This group focuses on empowering parents to take control of the process to retain custody of their children. This involves an understanding and acceptance of responsibility on the part of parents for their parental actions, past and present as well as strengthening the partnership between placement parents and their DHS SWSM and/or CUA case manager. A safe and supportive environment encourages self-exploration and reflection.