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.
Dec19EventCommunity Event- Active Reading Workshop8:45 am to 10:15 amFrancis Scott Key School, 2230 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19148, USAEvent
Community Event- Active Reading WorkshopDecember 19, 20188:45 am to 10:15 am, 2 hoursFrancis Scott Key School, 2230 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19148, USAmapBethanna, CUA # 8
Registration: Carlotta Stafford (267) 524-2470 or Karisa Barlow (267)294-1231)
Dec19EventCommunity Event- Community Holiday Party2:00 pm to 4:00 pmLuzerne & Lawndale St. , Phila., PAEvent
Community Event- Community Holiday PartyDecember 19, 20182:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 2 hoursLuzerne & Lawndale St. , Phila., PAmapAPM, CUA #2
Registration: Ashley Mendoza (267) 507-1343
Dec19EventParent Café4:00 pm to 7:00 pm3133 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA 2nd floorEvent
Parent CaféDecember 19, 20184:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 3 hours3133 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA 2nd floormap
*CLOSED EVENT* - Parent Leaders only
NET, CUA #7
Registration: Glenda Bryant (267) 353-9867 or Roger Garbett (215) 292-7147 )