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

  • Dec
    9
    Parenting group for parents who have children in placement
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    1515 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA

    Parenting group for parents who have children in placement

    December 9, 2019
    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 3 hours
    1515 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA
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    Anintensive 16-week or more education and support group for parents who havechildren in out-of-home placement. This group focuses on empowering parents totake control of the process to retain custody of their children. This involvesan understanding and acceptance of responsibility on the part of parents fortheir parental actions, past and present as well as strengthening thepartnership between placement parents and their DHS SWSM and/or CUA casemanager. A safe and supportive environment encourages self-exploration andreflection.

    HOW TO REFER

    Submit an ARC Referral in the IRSS database on DHS Central/Connect or have the parent walk-in to ARC on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday between 10:00 and 3:30,

    Call 215-PARENTS, contact the facilitators directly

    FACILITATORS

    Belinda Twumasi, 215-683-6561, belinda.twumasi@phila.gov

     Lisa Dooley, 215-683-6374, lias.dooley@phila.gov

  • Dec
    10
    Fathers Parenting Group
    7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, 7901 State Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19136, USA

    Fathers Parenting Group

    December 10, 2019
    7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 2 hours
    Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, 7901 State Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19136, USA
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    Thisgroup addresses primary issues which influence negative behaviors that diminishparenting capacity. Topics covered in this group include, but are not limitedto: grief and loss, trauma and PTSD, domestic violence, recognizinggenerational relationship habits and behaviors, anger management, conflictresolution, empowerment and self-esteem.


    Contact theFacilitator:
    AndrewWilliams, 215-683-5637
    andrew.williams@phila.gov   
  • Dec
    11
    Parenting group for parents who have children in placement
    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    1211 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA 7th Floor

    Parenting group for parents who have children in placement

    December 11, 2019
    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 2 hours
    1211 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA 7th Floor
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    How to Refer: Submit an ARC Referral in the IRSS database on DHS Central/Connect or have the parent walk-in to ARC on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday between 10:00 and 3:30.

    Facilitators: Randall Wilson, 215-683-6276, randall.l.wilson@phila.gov or Belinda Twumasi, 215-683-6561, belinda.twumasi@phila.gov

    Group Description: An intensive 16-week or more education and support group for parents who have children in out-of-home placement. This group focuses on empowering parents to take control of the process to retain custody of their children. This involves an understanding and acceptance of responsibility on the part of parents for their parental actions, past and present as well as strengthening the partnership between placement parents and their DHS SWSM and/or CUA case manager. A safe and supportive environment encourages self-exploration and reflection.

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