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

  • Dec
    19
    Community Event- Active Reading Workshop
    8:45 am to 10:15 am
    Francis Scott Key School, 2230 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19148, USA

    Community Event- Active Reading Workshop

    December 19, 2018
    8:45 am to 10:15 am, 2 hours
    Francis Scott Key School, 2230 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19148, USA
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    Bethanna, CUA # 8
    Registration: Carlotta Stafford (267) 524-2470 or Karisa Barlow (267)294-1231)
  • Dec
    19
    Community Event- Community Holiday Party
    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Luzerne & Lawndale St. , Phila., PA

    Community Event- Community Holiday Party

    December 19, 2018
    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 2 hours
    Luzerne & Lawndale St. , Phila., PA
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    APM, CUA #2
    Registration: Ashley Mendoza (267) 507-1343 
  • Dec
    19
    Parent Café
    4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    3133 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA 2nd floor

    Parent Café

    December 19, 2018
    4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 3 hours
    3133 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA 2nd floor
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    *CLOSED EVENT* - Parent Leaders only

    NET, CUA #7

    Registration: Glenda Bryant (267) 353-9867 or Roger Garbett (215) 292-7147 )

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