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.
Nov15EventParent Cafe9:30 am to 11:30 amMartha Washington School, 766 N 44th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USAEvent
Parent CafeNovember 15, 20199:30 am to 11:30 am, 2 hoursMartha Washington School, 766 N 44th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USAmapTURNING POINTS 4 CHILDREN/ CUA#10
REGISTRATION: DARYL MCKEEVER at Dmckeever@turningpoints.phmc.org /(215) 817-3817 or KATIE TAN at Ktan@turningpoints.phmc.org /(267) 279-4480
Nov18EventParenting Skills Group for In-Home Services Cases10:00 am to 12:00 pm1515 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USAEvent
Parenting Skills Group for In-Home Services CasesNovember 18, 201910:00 am to 12:00 pm, 2 hours1515 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USAmapHow to Refer: Call 215-PARENTS or contact the facilitators through a telephone call or email. Please provide the parent’s name, case number, current phone number, address and your name, phone number and email address.
Facilitators: Malynda Smith, 215-683-6274, firstname.lastname@example.org or Dawn Smith, 215-683-5555, email@example.com
Group Description: A 12-week psycho-educational and support group that integrates the Strengthening Families Protective factors in every session - Parental Resilience, Concrete Support in Times of Need, Social Connections, Social Emotional Competence of Children, and Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development. Parenting skill/topics that are covered are: All stages of child development, effective communication, self-esteem and how to raise your child’s self-esteem, trauma, self-care, discipline vs. punishment and alternative forms to physical discipline.
Nov18EventCommunity Engagement Event – “Thanksgiving Give-away”12:00 pm to 3:00 pm3901 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USAEvent
Community Engagement Event – “Thanksgiving Give-away”November 18, 201912:00 pm to 3:00 pm, 3 hours3901 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USAmap. ** MUST CONTACT THE OFFICE FOR ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS**
TURNING POINTS FOR CHILDREN /TP4C, CUA # 9
REGISTRATION: ELOISE CLAYTON at Eclayton@turningpoints.phmc.org /(267) 353-2443 or Shanee Dunn at Sdunn@turningpoints.phmc.org /(267) 353-2445