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.
Feb23EventParent Café10:00 am to 1:00 pmGideon Elementary School, 2817 W. Glenwood School, 2817 W. Glenwood Ave., Phila., PAEvent
Parent CaféFebruary 23, 201910:00 am to 1:00 pm, 3 hoursGideon Elementary School, 2817 W. Glenwood School, 2817 W. Glenwood Ave., Phila., PAmapNET, CUA #7
Registration: Glenda Bryant (267) 353-9867 or Roger Garbett (215) 292-7147
Feb25EventParenting group for parents who have children in placement10:00 am to 12:00 pmThe Achieving Reunification Center, 714 Market St., 5th Floor, 267-514-3500Event
Parenting group for parents who have children in placementFebruary 25, 201910:00 am to 12:00 pm, 2 hoursThe Achieving Reunification Center, 714 Market St., 5th Floor, 267-514-3500map
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
How to Refer: Submit an ARC Referral
Facilitators: Samuel Monroe, 215-683-5834, email@example.com and Andrea Milton-Phillips, 215-683-5513, firstname.lastname@example.org
Feb25EventParent Café5:30 pm to 7:30 pm1116 E Luzerne St, Philadelphia, PA 19124, USAEvent
Parent CaféFebruary 25, 20195:30 pm to 7:30 pm, 2 hours1116 E Luzerne St, Philadelphia, PA 19124, USAmapAPM, CUA #2
Registration: Ashley Mendoza (267) 507-1343 or Cinthia Marcano (267) 234-7450