Department of Human Services

Working together with communities to support families and protect children.

Department of Human Services

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
    24
    Youth Town Hall
    11:00 am to 12:30 pm
    Lindley Academy Charter School at Birney, 900 Lindley Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19141, USA

    Youth Town Hall

    September 24, 2019
    11:00 am to 12:30 pm, 2 hours
    Lindley Academy Charter School at Birney, 900 Lindley Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19141, USA
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    TURNING POINTS FOR CHILDREN/TP4C, CUA #5
    REGISTRATION: SHAWN WOODS OR ROSLINE TURNER (267) 766-2000
  • Sep
    24
    Parenting Class
    12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
    5070 Parkside Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19131, USA - 5th floor

    Parenting Class

    September 24, 2019
    12:00 pm to 2:00 pm, 2 hours
    5070 Parkside Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19131, USA - 5th floor
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    TURNING POINTS 4 CHILDREN/ CUA#10
    REGISTRATION: DARYL MCKEEVER (215) 817-3817 , KATIE TAN (267) 279-4480
  • Sep
    24
    Parent Cafe
    12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
    1211 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA - 7th floor

    Parent Cafe

    September 24, 2019
    12:00 pm to 2:00 pm, 2 hours
    1211 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA - 7th floor
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    BETHANNA, CUA # 8
    REGISTRATION: CARLOTTA STAFFORD (267) 524-2470) OR KARISA BARLOW (267)294-1231

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