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

  • Oct
    17
    Parent Café – Taking Care of Yourself
    9:30 am to 12:00 pm
    Roxborough High School, 6498 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19128, USA

    Parent Café – Taking Care of Yourself

    October 17, 2019
    9:30 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hours
    Roxborough High School, 6498 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19128, USA
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    TABOR COMMUNITY PARTNERS, CUA #6
    REGISTRATION CONTACT: EFIA KING at Efia.King@taborcp.org /(267) 318-0479 or DANIEL MILLS at Daniel.Mills@taborcp.org /(267) 339-3171
  • Oct
    17
    Parent Café
    12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    1100 Devereaux Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19111, USA

    Parent Café

    October 17, 2019
    12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, 3 hours
    1100 Devereaux Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19111, USA
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    CATHOLIC COMMUNITY SERVICES, CUA #4
    REGISTRATION- TASHONN BUNGY at Tbungy@CHS-adphila.org /(215) 783-9853 OR ROBYN ROZARIO at Rrozario@CHS-adphila.org /(215) 687-0486
  • Oct
    17
    Parenting group for parents who have children in placement
    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    1211 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA

    Parenting group for parents who have children in placement

    October 17, 2019
    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 2 hours
    1211 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
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    How to Refer: Submit an ARC Referral in the IRSS database on DHS Central/Connect or have the parent walk-in to ARC on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday between 10:00 and 3:30. 


    Facilitators: Sam Monroe, 215-683-5834, samuel.monroe@phila.gov or Regina Cade, 215-683-6543, regina.d.cade@phila.gov 

    Group Description: An intensive 16-week or more education and support group for parents who have children in out-of-home placement. This group focuses on empowering parents to take control of the process to retain custody of their children. This involves an understanding and acceptance of responsibility on the part of parents for their parental actions, past and present as well as strengthening the partnership between placement parents and their DHS SWSM and/or CUA case manager. A safe and supportive environment encourages self-exploration and reflection

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