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

  • May
    29
    Community Event- “Table Host Training”
    9:00 am to 11:30 am
    The Common Place, 5736 Chester Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143, USA

    Community Event- “Table Host Training”

    May 29, 2019
    9:00 am to 11:30 am, 3 hours
    The Common Place, 5736 Chester Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143, USA
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    Turning Points for Children /TP4C, CUA # 9
    Registration: Eloise Clayton (267) 353-2443; Khalilah Robinson (215) 219-6902 

    **Pre-requisite- Must have participated in at least one prior parent café.
  • May
    29
    Parent Café Hosting Training
    10:00 am to 2:00 pm
    The Common Place, 5736 Chester Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143, USA

    Parent Café Hosting Training

    May 29, 2019
    10:00 am to 2:00 pm, 4 hours
    The Common Place, 5736 Chester Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143, USA
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    Bethanna, CUA # 8
    (Registration: Carlotta Stafford (267) 524-2470) or Karisa Barlow (267)294-1231)

    **Pre-requisite- Must have participated in at least one prior parent café.
  • May
    29
    Oxford Circle Café
    11:00 am to 2:00 pm
    Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association, 900 Howell St, Philadelphia, PA 19149, USA

    Oxford Circle Café

    May 29, 2019
    11:00 am to 2:00 pm, 3 hours
    Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association, 900 Howell St, Philadelphia, PA 19149, USA
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    Catholic Community Services, CUA #4
    Registration- Tashonn Bungy (215) 783-9853 or Robyn Rozario (215) 687-0486

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