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.
Oct20EventParenting group for parents who have children in placement10:00 am to 12:00 pmVirtual through WebexEvent
Parenting group for parents who have children in placementOctober 20, 202010:00 am to 12:00 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, 267-514-3500, Monday– Friday 9:00 – 5:00. An intake will be completed for the parent to enroll in ARC/PANservices.
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 and reflection
Oct20EventCommunity Event- “Flu Season: A Naturopathic Approach with Tara Nayak, ND4:00 pm to 6:00 pmEvent
Community Event- “Flu Season: A Naturopathic Approach with Tara Nayak, NDOctober 20, 20204:00 pm to 6:00 pm, 2 hours
Oct21Event” Virtual Parent Café – “Being Your Child’s First Friend: Parent vs. BFF”12:00 pm to 2:00 pmEvent
” Virtual Parent Café – “Being Your Child’s First Friend: Parent vs. BFF”October 21, 202012:00 pm to 2:00 pm, 2 hoursNET , CUA #1
REGISTRATION: A’Lena Wise at A’Lena.Wise@Net-centers.org / (267) 336-7056 or Jeanine.Baxter@Net-centers.org /(267) 339-0656, Ext.1656
TABOR COMMUNITY PARTNERS, CUA #6
REGISTRATIONCONTACT: EFIA KING at Efia.King@taborcp.org/(267) 318-0479 or DANIEL MILLS at Daniel.Mills@taborcp.org /(267) 339-3171