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

  • Aug
    20
    Parent Café
    9:30 am to 12:30 pm
    Your Child's World, 2400 S 71st St, Philadelphia, PA 19142, USA

    Parent Café

    August 20, 2019
    9:30 am to 12:30 pm, 3 hours
    Your Child's World, 2400 S 71st St, Philadelphia, PA 19142, USA
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    TURNING POINTS FOR CHILDREN /TP4C, CUA # 9
    REGISTRATION: ELOISE CLAYTON (267) 353-2443
  • Aug
    21
    Parent café
    12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
    Methodist Services, 4300 Monument Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19131, USA

    Parent café

    August 21, 2019
    12:00 pm to 2:00 pm, 2 hours
    Methodist Services, 4300 Monument Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19131, USA
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    TURNING POINTS 4 CHILDREN/ CUA#10
    REGISTRATION: DARYL MCKEEVER (215) 817-3817 , KATIE TAN (267) 279-4480
  • Aug
    21
    Parent Café
    5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
    Lenfest Center, 3890 N 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19140, USA

    Parent Café

    August 21, 2019
    5:30 pm to 8:00 pm, 3 hours
    Lenfest Center, 3890 N 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19140, USA
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    NET , CUA #1
    REGISTRATION: CARMEN PAGAN (267) 541-7952 OR CARMEN HOLLAND (267) 336-7056 

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