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

  • Mar
    25
    Parenting Skills Group for In-Home Services Cases
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    DHS, 1515 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19102, 1st Floor

    Parenting Skills Group for In-Home Services Cases

    March 25, 2019
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm, 2 hours
    DHS, 1515 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19102, 1st Floor
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    How 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: Dawn Smith, 215-683-5555. dawn.a.smith@phila.gov - Malynda Smith, 215-683-6274, malynda.smith@phila.gov

    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.
  • Mar
    26
    Parent Café
    12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    1900 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA

    Parent Café

    March 26, 2019
    12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, 3 hours
    1900 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA
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    NET, CUA #7
    Registration: Glenda Bryant (267) 353-9867 or Roger Garbett (215) 292-7147
  • Mar
    26
    Parent Café & Movie Night
    5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    James Sullivan Elementary School, 5300 Ditman St., Phila., PA

    Parent Café & Movie Night

    March 26, 2019
    5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 2 hours
    James Sullivan Elementary School, 5300 Ditman St., Phila., PA
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    Turning Points for Children/TP4C, CUA #3
    Registration- Zorado Cordero, Andy Hill or Andrew Lemon (267) 449-1837

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