For families

If your family is struggling, the Department of Human Services (DHS) can help connect you with programs, services, and resources you may need. 

Education and childcare services

The Education Support Center (ESC) helps children and youth in DHS care achieve their fullest academic potential.

Family Empowerment Services (FES)

Family Empowerment Service (FES) is designed to enhance the ability of families to provide for their children’s well-being.

Get help with domestic violence

Information and resources for people who are impacted by domestic violence.

Housing programs

DHS works with the City to provide housing and support services for DHS-involved families and older youth aging out of DHS care.

Out-of-School-Time (OST)

DHS works with programs across Philadelphia to provide high quality after-school programming and summer camp opportunities for children.

Parenting education and support

Reunify my family

Important steps you can take to reunify your family if your child or children have been placed in out-of-home care.

Services for incarcerated parents

DHS is committed to working with incarcerated parents. Just because you are behind bars doesn’t mean you lose your right to be a parent. However, it is up to you to take an active role in your child’s life, even from jail or prison.

Truancy Intervention and Prevention Services (TIPS)

Truancy Intervention and Prevention Services (TIPS) help youth improve school attendance to avoid getting in trouble with law enforcement.


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