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
Social

Events

  • Jul
    17
    Parent Café – Maternity Care
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    3141 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19133, USA

    Parent Café – Maternity Care

    July 17, 2018
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm, 2 hours
    3141 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19133, USA
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    **Participants must register for each “Strengthening Family” event.**

    CUA #1 @ MCC
    Registration: Carmen Holland (267) 336-7056 or Tharah Amedee-Ferdinand (267) 746-0605
  • Jul
    17
    Parent Café
    10:00 am to 2:00 pm
    3141 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19133, USA

    Parent Café

    July 17, 2018
    10:00 am to 2:00 pm, 4 hours
    3141 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19133, USA
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    Turning Points for Children/TP4C, CUA #3 


    **Participants must register for each “Strengthening Family” event.**
    Registration: Candace Hinkle (267) 273-3679 or Aynye Adams (215) 268-5845
  • Jul
    17
    Parent Café
    11:15 am to 1:15 pm
    600 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19123, USA

    Parent Café

    July 17, 2018
    11:15 am to 1:15 pm, 2 hours
    600 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19123, USA
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    **Participants must register for each “Strengthening Family” event.**
    Registration: Cinthia Marcano (267) 234-7450

    Free Library of Ramonita de Rodriquez
    600 W. Girard Ave., Phila., PA 19123

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