Due to extremely cold conditions, the City is implementing special measures to keep people who are homeless safe. If you see someone who needs shelter, call (215) 232-1984.
In effect: 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 to 7:00 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 16

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
Social

Events

  • Nov
    16
    Parent Cafe- “Hardy Harvest Cafe”
    5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    2701 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19132, USA

    Parent Cafe- “Hardy Harvest Cafe”

    November 16, 2018
    5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 2 hours
    2701 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19132, USA
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    NET , CUA #1
    Registration: Carmen Holland (267) 336-7056 or Tharah Amedee-Ferdinand (267) 746-0605 )
  • Nov
    17
    ” Community Event- Feeding One Thousand for Thanksgiving
    11:00 am to 3:00 pm
    6113 N 21st St, Philadelphia, PA 19138, USA

    ” Community Event- Feeding One Thousand for Thanksgiving

    November 17, 2018
    11:00 am to 3:00 pm, 4 hours
    6113 N 21st St, Philadelphia, PA 19138, USA
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    Turning Points for Children/TP4C, CUA #5
    Registration: Shawn Woods or Rosline Turner (267) 766-2000
  • Nov
    17
    Parent Café
    12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    Lawncrest Recreation Center, 900 E. Howell St., Phila., PA

    Parent Café

    November 17, 2018
    12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, 3 hours
    Lawncrest Recreation Center, 900 E. Howell St., Phila., PA
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    *Special café/appreciation luncheon to acknowledge resource, kinship and adoptive families.

    Catholic Social Services, CUA #4
    Registration- Tashonn Bungy (215) 783-9853 or Robyn Rozario (215) 687-0486

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