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

  • Apr
    20
    Community Event- “Next Level Leaders Youth Conference”
    8:30 am to 3:30 pm
    2450 W Hunting Park Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19129, USA

    Community Event- “Next Level Leaders Youth Conference”

    April 20, 2019
    8:30 am to 3:30 pm, 7 hours
    2450 W Hunting Park Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19129, USA
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    NET , CUA #1
    Registration: Carmen Holland (267) 336-7056 or Tharah Amedee-Ferdinand (267) 746-0605
  • Apr
    20
    Parent Café
    11:00 am to 1:00 pm
    Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St, Philadelphia, PA 19134, USA

    Parent Café

    April 20, 2019
    11:00 am to 1:00 pm, 2 hours
    Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St, Philadelphia, PA 19134, USA
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    APM, CUA #2
    (Registration: Ashley Mendoza (267) 507-1343 or Cinthia Marcano (267) 234-7450 )
  • Apr
    20
    Parent Café
    12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    Lawncrest Library, 6000 Rising Sun Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19111, USA

    Parent Café

    April 20, 2019
    12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, 3 hours
    Lawncrest Library, 6000 Rising Sun Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19111, USA
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    Catholic Community Services, CUA #4
    (Registration- Tashonn Bungy (215) 783-9853 or Robyn Rozario (215) 687-0486) 

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