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
    19
    PAN Parenting Group for parents who have children in placement
    10:00 am to 10:00 am
    714 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

    PAN Parenting Group for parents who have children in placement

    July 19, 2018
    10:00 am to 10:00 am, 1 min
    714 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
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    For parents who have children in placement

    Achieving Reunification Center -5th Floor
    714 Market St., 5th Floor
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

    Facilitators:
    Randall Wilson 215-683-6276
    Lisa Dooley 215-683-6347
  • Jul
    19
    2018 Backpack Challenge Launch
    1:30 pm to 2:00 pm
    Dilworth Park, 1 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA

    2018 Backpack Challenge Launch

    July 19, 2018
    1:30 pm to 2:00 pm, 30 mins
    Dilworth Park, 1 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA
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    This year, our goal is to stuff 4,000 backpacks and collect $30,000 to support youth in foster care. With the support of the Greater Philadelphia community, we can do just that!


    To learn more, visit:https://www.roonga.com/backpackchallenge2018
  • Jul
    19
    Parent Café
    5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

    Parent Café

    July 19, 2018
    5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, 3 hours
    Christ Haven Ministries
    6800 Lindbergh Blvd., 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

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