Office of Children and Families

Our mission

Learn about our efforts to improve outcomes for all Philadelphia children and families, build stronger communities, and support great schools in every neighborhood.

Safe children

The Office of Children and Families (OCF) oversees the Department of Human Services (DHS). This department:

  • Responds to reports of child abuse and neglect.
  • Answers the child abuse hotline.
  • Manages in-home supports as well as foster care services.
  • Provides services for youth in the juvenile justice system.

Strong families

OCF helps families to safely care for their children. Our programs include:

These programs promote academic success,  support college and career readiness, and allow caregivers to participate in the workforce or go back to school.


Supported schools

In partnership with the School District of Philadelphia, OCF works with families to help children come to school ready to learn. We administer quality Out-of-School Time programs, which offer opportunities that align with the school district’s educational goals.

The office also oversees Philadelphia’s community schools, which address a neighborhood’s unique challenges within a public school setting. They’re supported by:

  • Community resources.
  • Expanded City services.
  • Engaged families and neighbors.

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