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
    23
    Community Event - Movie Night: “Black Panther”
    5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    5736 Chester Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143, USA

    Community Event - Movie Night: “Black Panther”

    July 23, 2018
    5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 3 hours
    5736 Chester Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143, USA
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    The Common Place
    5736 Chester Ave., Phila., PA

    **Participants must register for each “Strengthening Family” event.**
    Turning Points for Children /TP4C, CUA # 9
    Registration: Eloise Clayton (267) 353-2443 or Khalilah Robinson (215) 219-6902
  • Jul
    24
    Professional Parent Café
    12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    3133 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA

    Professional Parent Café

    July 24, 2018
    12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, 3 hours
    3133 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA
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    NET, CUA #7
    3133 Ridge Ave., 2nd Flr., Phila., PA

    **Participants must register for each “Strengthening Family” event.**
    NET, CUA #7
    Registration: Nadia Washington (267) 816-2591 
  • Jul
    24
    Parent Café
    12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    3133 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA

    Parent Café

    July 24, 2018
    12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, 3 hours
    3133 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA
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    **Participants must register for each “Strengthening Family” event.**
    Registration: Carmen Holland (267) 336-7056 or Tharah Amedee-Ferdinand (267) 746-0605

    NET/CUA #1 & NET/ CUA#7 @ NET/ CUA #7

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