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
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Events

  • Sep
    25
    Strengthening Families Event – “Food & Facts”
    4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Lindley Academy Charter School at Birney, 900 Lindley Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19141, USA

    Strengthening Families Event – “Food & Facts”

    September 25, 2018
    4:00 pm to 6:00 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
    25
    Strengthening Families Community Event- “Staying Positive for Your Kids”
    5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    The Common Place, 5736 Chester Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143, USA

    Strengthening Families Community Event- “Staying Positive for Your Kids”

    September 25, 2018
    5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 2 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 or Khalilah Robinson (215) 219-6902
  • Sep
    26
    Strengthening Families Parent Café
    9:00 am to 2:00 pm
    Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association, 900 Howell St, Philadelphia, PA 19149, USA

    Strengthening Families Parent Café

    September 26, 2018
    9:00 am to 2:00 pm, 5 hours
    Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association, 900 Howell St, Philadelphia, PA 19149, USA
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    Catholic Social Services, CUA #4
    Registration - Tashonn Bungy (215) 783-9853 or Robyn Rozario (215) 687-0486

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