Free parenting education and support groups help parents improve their parenting skills and relationships with their children. DHS has classes and groups for families currently receiving services from DHS, as well as those who are at risk of involvement with DHS, and the general public. Some of these services may be mandated by the court as a step towards reunification. Parenting classes and groups allow parents to connect with each other in a nurturing, safe, and informative environment.
We have a wide range of parenting education programs conducted by more than 70 community-based agencies with services to help families with children who are in or out of placement.
See a list of services by neighborhood or call (215) PARENTS
Parent Cafés are safe spaces where parents share a meal and learn from each other. Community Umbrella Agencies (CUAs) host parent cafés in 10 different neighborhoods throughout the city. These parent-led groups create environments that are judgement free, where parents from all walks of life can get together and talk. It’s a great way to discuss any concerns you may have as a parent, whether your child is in placement with DHS or not. The goal of these cafés is to help parents feel supported and more confident in their experiences as parents. A meal is always provided.
To find parent cafés near you, contact the nearest Community Umbrella Agency.