Department of Human Services

Working together with communities to support families and protect children.

Department of Human Services

Notice: The Department of Human Services is working to support Philadelphia’s children and families during COVID-19. View our updated policies, guidance, and resources.

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

  • Oct
    20
    Parenting group for parents who have children in placement
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Virtual through Webex

    Parenting group for parents who have children in placement

    October 20, 2020
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm, 2 hours
    Virtual through Webex
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    How to Refer: Submitan ARC Referral through the IRSS database on DHS Central/Connect or have theparent phone-in to ARC, 267-514-3500,  Monday– Friday 9:00 – 5:00. An intake will be completed for the parent to enroll in ARC/PANservices.

    Facilitators:  Belinda Twumasi, belinda.twumasi@phila.gov, and Malynda Smith, malynda.smith@phila.gov  

    Group Description: Anintensive 12-week or more education and support group for parents who havechildren in out-of-home placement. This group focuses on empowering parents totake control of the process to retain custody of their children. This involvesan understanding and acceptance of responsibility on the part of parents fortheir parental actions, past and present as well as strengthening thepartnership between placement parents and their DHS SWSM and/or CUA casemanager. A safe and supportive environment encourages self-exploration and reflection

  • Oct
    20
    Community Event- “Flu Season: A Naturopathic Approach with Tara Nayak, ND
    4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

    Community Event- “Flu Season: A Naturopathic Approach with Tara Nayak, ND

    October 20, 2020
    4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, 2 hours
    TURNING POINTS 4 CHILDREN/ CUA#10, REGISTRATION: Julie Anguera at Janguera@turningpoints.phmc.org /(267) 559-6253 or Micheal Allen at Mallen@turningpoints.phmc / (267) 294-5082  
  • Oct
    21
    ” Virtual Parent Café – “Being Your Child’s First Friend: Parent vs. BFF”
    12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    ” Virtual Parent Café – “Being Your Child’s First Friend: Parent vs. BFF”

    October 21, 2020
    12:00 pm to 2:00 pm, 2 hours
    NET , CUA #1
    REGISTRATION: A’Lena Wise at A’Lena.Wise@Net-centers.org / (267) 336-7056 or Jeanine.Baxter@Net-centers.org /(267) 339-0656, Ext.1656

    Co-Hosted by:
    TABOR COMMUNITY PARTNERS, CUA #6
    REGISTRATIONCONTACT: EFIA KING at Efia.King@taborcp.org/(267) 318-0479  or DANIEL MILLS at Daniel.Mills@taborcp.org /(267) 339-3171

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