Key partnerships

The Department of Human Services (DHS) works with a variety of partners and programs to support children and families in Philadelphia. These include:

Philadelphia Out of School Time (OST) Initiative

Along with the Free Library of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia Parks and Recreation, and support from the Managing Director’s Office, DHS works to ensure that all Philadelphians know the benefits of OST programs. DHS funds 170 OST programs which provide safe places for children and youth.

Philadelphia Safety Collaborative

DHS works with Philadelphia Children’s Alliance (PCA) and the Philadelphia Police Special Victims Unit (SVU) and the District Attorney to coordinate services for child victims of sexual abuse. PCA, DHS, and SVU are co-located at 300 East Hunting Park Ave. in Philadelphia. This partnership streamlines investigations so that children only tell their story of sexual abuse once—and do not need to retell the story of abuse multiple times to different professionals.

Police School Diversion Program

DHS works with the School District of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Police Department to provide services to youth instead of arrest. This increases their chances of staying in school and reduces the risk of future arrest. Since the Police School Diversion Program began in 2014, 1,486 youth have been diverted from the courts to our Intensive Prevention Services (IPS) programs.

Shared Safety

Shared Safety is Philadelphia’s coordinated response to domestic violence. Led by Women Against Abuseand the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHIDS), Shared Safety brings together City government representatives and service providers to prevent relationship abuse.

Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI)

Philadelphia QPI consists of a diverse group of stakeholders, including resource and natural parents, child welfare practitioners, and child advocates. Together, we work as a team to support foster parents and strengthen the foster care system.


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