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.
Oct27EventVirtual Community Event- “ The Good, the Bad & The Toxic: Relationships Need Boundaries…..workshop forum facilitated by Jen Kares2:00 pm to 4:00 pmEvent
Virtual Community Event- “ The Good, the Bad & The Toxic: Relationships Need Boundaries…..workshop forum facilitated by Jen KaresOctober 27, 20202:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 2 hours
Oct28EventVirtual Community Event - “The Man Cave”…adult open discussion(s) focused on a better “you” and stronger family…MALES ONLY5:00 pm to 7:00 pmEvent
Virtual Community Event - “The Man Cave”…adult open discussion(s) focused on a better “you” and stronger family…MALES ONLYOctober 28, 20205:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 2 hoursNET, CUA #7
REGISTRATION: ROGER GARBETT at Roger.Garbett@net-centers.org /(215) 292-7147
Oct28EventVirtual Parent Café – “Digital Detox, Part II”5:00 pm to 7:00 pmEvent
Virtual Parent Café – “Digital Detox, Part II”October 28, 20205:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 2 hoursBETHANNA, CUA # 8
REGISTRATION: CARLOTTA STAFFORD at Cstafford@bethanna.org /(267) 524-2470
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