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.
Sep24EventYouth Town Hall11:00 am to 12:30 pmLindley Academy Charter School at Birney, 900 Lindley Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19141, USAEvent
Youth Town HallSeptember 24, 201911:00 am to 12:30 pm, 2 hoursLindley Academy Charter School at Birney, 900 Lindley Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19141, USAmapTURNING POINTS FOR CHILDREN/TP4C, CUA #5
REGISTRATION: SHAWN WOODS OR ROSLINE TURNER (267) 766-2000
Sep24EventParenting Class12:00 pm to 2:00 pm5070 Parkside Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19131, USA - 5th floorEvent
Parenting ClassSeptember 24, 201912:00 pm to 2:00 pm, 2 hours5070 Parkside Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19131, USA - 5th floormapTURNING POINTS 4 CHILDREN/ CUA#10
REGISTRATION: DARYL MCKEEVER (215) 817-3817 , KATIE TAN (267) 279-4480
Sep24EventParent Cafe12:00 pm to 2:00 pm1211 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA - 7th floorEvent
Parent CafeSeptember 24, 201912:00 pm to 2:00 pm, 2 hours1211 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA - 7th floormapBETHANNA, CUA # 8
REGISTRATION: CARLOTTA STAFFORD (267) 524-2470) OR KARISA BARLOW (267)294-1231