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DHS Children

DHS is committed to keeping children safe in a stable and nurturing home environment and to helping them reach their full potential.  DHS accomplishes this by working collaboratively with families and community partners.

Parents with young children can choose to take part in community-based, family-powered family support centers, First Steps, early childhood education and other family- strengthening programs. Through these and other programs, DHS works hand-in-hand with families as they build a strong foundation for a bright future.   

Families with children with special needs due to mental illness or developmental delays, will find a variety of supports in place to call upon if needed. In-home, community-based and school-based services provide a continuum of care for these children.

Intensive in-home and community-based services are available to empower families, at risk for abuse and/or neglect, to make healthy choices and keep their children safe.

Learn more about how to report suspected abuse or neglect of a child.

When it is necessary to remove children or youths from their birth families because of abuse and/or neglect, a host of mandated child protective services and other family-strengthening services are in place to keep the children safe and to help reunite the family.  

Out-of-school programs and educational liaisons help children and youth with special needs stay on track toward academic achievement.

This section provides details about DHS services to support children and youth, and their families.


PDF Icon NEW CYF/PNC Subsidy Payment Debit Card Frequently Asked Questions 
All subsidy payments for CYF placement services (foster care, adoption, permanent legal custodianship, and independent living) will be paid using a PNC Bank Debit Card beginning in August 2013. Learn more about this by reviewing the list of FAQs above.