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DHS Cases (Parents Only)

DHS Cases (Parents Only)

Family Advocacy

The Family Advocacy Unit is a team of lawyers, paralegals and social workers who, for more than 25 years, have been helping parents involved with the child welfare system maintain custody of or reunite with their children.

Problems We Help With

When possible, we provide advice or representation to a parent who wants to keep her/his family together when the Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS) is investigating allegations of neglect or abuse, and/or during the dependency court process.

Resources for Families



DHS involved parents are often asked to complete a number of Family Service Plan (FSP) goals to maintain their family or reunify with their children. These goals may include: drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, or parenting classes. We have collected some contact information for a few agencies or programs who offer those services. Click the links below for more information on each type of service.

We have some additional information in the resource materials section below for DHS-involved teen parents, DHS-involved incarcerated parents and DHS-involved parents with disabilities.

How to get help:

Walk-in Intake

Community Legal Services
Center City Office

1424 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Phone Intake

Family Law Line
(215) 981-3765

*Incarcerated parents can contact us by mail, and please include the following information about your case: your full name, child's name, child’s DOB, name of the child’s other biological parent, whether you already have an attorney assigned, and whether the case is court involved. Send letters to:
Family Advocacy Unit, Community Legal Services
1424 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19102.