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
    27
    Virtual Community Event- “ The Good, the Bad & The Toxic: Relationships Need Boundaries…..workshop forum facilitated by Jen Kares
    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    Virtual Community Event- “ The Good, the Bad & The Toxic: Relationships Need Boundaries…..workshop forum facilitated by Jen Kares

    October 27, 2020
    2:00 pm to 4:00 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
    28
    Virtual Community Event - “The Man Cave”…adult open discussion(s) focused on a better “you” and stronger family…MALES ONLY
    5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    Virtual Community Event - “The Man Cave”…adult open discussion(s) focused on a better “you” and stronger family…MALES ONLY

    October 28, 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  
  • Oct
    28
    Virtual Parent Café – “Digital Detox, Part II”
    5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    Virtual Parent Café – “Digital Detox, Part II”

    October 28, 2020
    5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 2 hours
    BETHANNA, CUA # 8
    REGISTRATION: CARLOTTA STAFFORD at Cstafford@bethanna.org /(267) 524-2470

    How we manage stressin the digital age. 

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