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

  • Sep
    22
    Community Event- “Back to School “Do’s” with Marisa Peal
    12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    Community Event- “Back to School “Do’s” with Marisa Peal

    September 22, 2020
    12:00 pm to 2:00 pm, 2 hours

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    TURNING POINTS FOR CHILDREN /TP4C, CUA # 9, REGISTRATION:
    ELOISE CLAYTON at Eclayton@turningpoints.phmc.org /(267) 353-2443 or Shanee Dunn at Sdunn@turningpoints.phmc.org /(267) 353-2445
  • Sep
    22
    Bright Futures
    3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    Virtual through WebEx

    Bright Futures

    September 22, 2020
    3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, 2 hours
    Virtual through WebEx
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    How to Refer and Qualifications: The youth must be 18 – 20 years old and eligible toattend AIC. If the youth has not been referred to AIC, the youth must bereferred to AIC before he or she can attend the group. If the youth is alreadyattending AIC, contact his or her coach and request that the youth be referred.

    Facilitators: TanyaBetancourt, tanya.betancort@phila.gov and Bessandra Whitfield, bessandra.m.whitfield@phila.gov

    Group Description: A 12-weekpsycho-educational and support group for older youth that addresses issuespertaining to becoming an independent adult. Topics covered are adjustment toadulthood, independence versus interdependence, identification of supportiveresources, identification of areas of strength and challenge, conflictresolution, trauma, role models, mindfulness and future plans and transitions.A safe and supportive environment encourages self-exploration and reflection.

  • Sep
    22
    Virtual Parent Café- “Standing Firm in the Storm”
    5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    Virtual Parent Café- “Standing Firm in the Storm”

    September 22, 2020
    5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 2 hours
    NET, CUA #7 REGISTRATION:
    ROGER GARBETT at Roger.Garbett@net-centers.org /(215) 292-7147

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