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.
Aug11EventParenting group for parents who have children in placement2:00 pm to 4:00 pmVirtual through WebexEvent
Parenting group for parents who have children in placementAugust 11, 20202:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 2 hoursVirtual through Webexmap
How to Refer: Submitan ARC Referral through the IRSS database on DHS Central/Connect or have theparent phone-in to ARC Monday – Friday 9:00 – 5:00. An intake will be completedfor the parent to enroll in ARC/PAN services.
Group Description: Anintensive 12-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
Aug13EventPAN Women’s Empowerment Group10:00 am to 12:00 pmVirtual through WebexEvent
PAN Women’s Empowerment GroupAugust 13, 202010:00 am to 12:00 pm, 2 hoursVirtual through Webexmap
How to Refer: Contactthe facilitator or Submit an ARC Referral through the IRSS database on DHSCentral/Connect or have the parent phone-in to ARC Monday – Friday 9:00 – 5:00.An intake will be completed for the parent to enroll in ARC/PAN services.
Facilitators: BelindaTwumasi, firstname.lastname@example.org
Group Description: A 12-weekpsycho-educational and support group covering topics such as self-esteem,stereotyping, domestic violence, trauma, forgiveness, healthy relationships,stress and stress management. Art and activities are a large part of this groupto encourage self-expression. A safe and supportive environment encouragesself-exploration and reflection.
Aug17EventParenting Group for non-offending parents who have a child/ren who were sexually abused3:00 pm to 5:00 pmVirtual through WebexEvent
Parenting Group for non-offending parents who have a child/ren who were sexually abusedAugust 17, 20203:00 pm to 5:00 pm, 2 hoursVirtual through Webexmap
How to Refer: Contactthe facilitators or submit an ARC Referral through the IRSS database on DHSCentral/Connect or have the parent phone-in to ARC Monday – Friday 9:00 – 5:00.An intake will be completed for the parent to enroll in ARC/PAN services.
Group Description: An intensive 12 week or more psycho-educational and support group thataddresses issues regarding child sex abuse for non-offending parents. Topicscovered are child protective service law (with an emphasis in child sexualabuse), statistics and risk factors, prevention, signs, healthy sexualdevelopment in children, sexually reactive behavior, sibling abuse, grief andloss, trauma, coping and building resilience.