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United Way of Southeastern PA 2-1-1

Directs parents to appropriate agencies in their neighborhoods to help with issues that affect families including: children services; health services; housing; employment; and nutrition
Just dial 211.
www.211sepa.org

Shared Prosperity Philadelphia

Shared Prosperity is a vision for Philadelphia — a city that collaborates and works together to fight poverty.
http://sharedprosperityphila.org

Catholic Social Services, Family Services Division

Committed to preserving and nurturing family life through preventative, rehabilitative and support services-trained social workers work with families to individualize care– 215-587-3900 or 267-331-2490 helpline.
www.css-phl.org

Episcopal Community Services

Provides services for;  after school and summer camp programs; and advocacy for families- 225 South Third St.- 215-351-1400
www.ecsphilly.org

Enhancing Parenting Skills Program

Through Intercultural Family Services. Free 12 week parenting skills program with free childcare. Call 215-386-1298 for info or Click here

Healthy Start Programs

Helps families actively engage in, and benefit from health related services- Healthy Start offers support services such as childcare, housing, career and personal development, medical risk assessments and transportation through partnerships with hospitals, social workers, and nurses, working directly with families-North Philadelphia- 215-685-2457, West and Southwest 215-386-1298
http://www.phila.gov/Health

Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia

Provides help with evaluations, testing, adoption and foster care info- 1-866-532-7669
www.jfcsphilly.org

MOMobile Healthy Families America (Maternity Care Coalition)

MOMobile HFA supports families from pregnancy through age 3 by providing in-home case management, family support, and health education. Community health workers link pregnant women and their families to prenatal care, health care, behavioral health services, early intervention services, and other community resources. Services in Spanish and English. 267-773-5130
maternitycarecoalition.org/momobile

Parent Action Network

The Philadelphia Dept. of Human Services prevention program that offers: free support groups for parents, teens, children and information for parents as well as referrals– 215-PARENTS
www.phila.gov

Caring People Alliance (CPA)

This is a comprehensive, community-based human service agency, that includes the following programs for teens: Boys and Girls Club; after-school programs; summer camps; and recreation programs West Philadelphia – 215-386-4075 North Philadelphia – 215-763-0900 South Philadelphia – 215-218-0800
www.caringpeoplealliance.org

CORA Services

This agency mostly serving families in the North East, provides a variety of services for families- 8540 Verree Road- 215-342-7660
www.coraservices.org

● Benefits/Financial Planning ●

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City of Phila. Financial Empowerments Centers

Philadelphia’s network of Financial Empowerment Centers provide FREE high-quality, one-on-one financial counseling with professionally trained counselors to help clients transition from debt management to saving.
Call 1-855-FIN-PHIL or click pha.phila.gov/resident-services/other-training/financial-empowerment-centers.aspx

COMPASS

COMPASS–Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Access to Social Services–is a web site that allows individuals and community based organizations access to screen for, apply for, and renew a broad range of social programs including Food Stamps, Health Care, Cash Assistance ect.-see what your family is eligible for!! ALSO, download myCOMPASS PA app from apple, android to check benefits, upload documents, check status and balances. No more lines!
www.compass.state.pa.us/Compass.Web/public/cmphome

You Earned It Philly

Don’t miss your chance to get back up to $6,242 with the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit. FREE tax prep for lower income Philadelphians all over the city. Go to website for info and locations www.youearneditphilly.com

Free Tax Prep from the Campaign for Working Families

Free tax preparation. Call 215-454-6483 or visit the web site.
www.cwfphilly.org/

MyFreeTaxes.com

A parnership with United Way, Goodwill and Walmart Foundation provides free tax services online and in person. Go to http://www.myfreetaxes.com/ for info.

The Benefit Bank

An online resource that helps families find out if they are eligible for public benefits and the steps you have to take to receive them.
www.thebenefitbank.com

Benefits Data Trust Philadelphia

Click link below to see if you qualify for benefits
www.bdtrust.org
Operates BenPhilly where you can call 1-800-236-2194 or go online to apply for benefits or go to a BenePhilly site in person. Phila. FIGHT 1207 Chestnut Street, 3rd Floor; Catholic Social Services 4400 N Reese St.; PEC 325 N. 39th Street 19104; Project Home 1515 Fairmount Ave; UESF 1608 Walnut Street, Suite 600.; United Communities SW 2029 S. 8th St.

Utility Programs

Click here to be directed to various Utility Programs to help with paying your utilities.

Clarifi

Clarifi  provides a wide variety of counseling services and educational programs designed to empower individual of all economic levels financially, and to help them before, during or after a period of financial difficulty. Help with: budgeting; bankruptcy; credit; savings; foreclosures and more. 1608 Walnut Street. Call 1-800-989-2227 or go to website for info and to schedule an appointment. Online appointments click here.
http://clarifi.org/

● Parenting Classes ●

CCTC– Filial parenting support groups

Filial parenting support groups offered in 12-week cycles that teach “play” and emphasize the parent-child relationship as a means of providing support. Classes are held weekly for 2.5 hours.  215.496.0707 cctckids.org

Congreso de Latinos Unidos

 Free, trauma-informed parenting classes in English and Spanish for parenting adults and teens. Each cohort is 12 sessions (2 hours each session).  267.528.4810 or  215.873.1628. MAIN OFFICE 215.763.8870 www.congreso.net

Catholic Social services

 Free parenting education groups servicing any Philadelphia resident. Groups take place at three locations: 1) 7340 Jackson Street (Northeast-Mayfair) 215.624.5920; 2) 6214 Grays Avenue (Southwest Philadelphia) 215.724.8550. EXT. 3 or EXT. 8. 3) 4400 North Reese St. Casa del Carmen (North Philadelphia): 267-331-2500 Spanish speaking only. Contact individual locations directly. www.cssphiladelphia.org

Turning Points for Children

Free trauma-informed parenting classes for all residents of Philadelphia. Classes offered in daytime and evening. Tokens, childcare and food provided. Location of sites varies depending on program. CONTACT:  215.875.8200 or 215.875.4963 www.turningpointsforchildren.org

Parent Action Network

12 week parent support groups run by the Community-Based Prevention Division of DHS. Open to all residents of Philadelphia. Groups target teen parents, grandparents raising children, etc. and are offered at a number of locations within the city. CONTACT: 215-PARENTS (215.727.3687)

Intercultural Family Services

Free parenting education for all Philadelphia residents – groups offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am – 1:30pm at 4225 Chestnut Street, rolling admission. CONTACT:  215.386.1298. www.ifsinc.org

Educating Communities for Parenting (ECP)

Free parenting education for parents 13yo – 23yo running in 13 week cycles, located at 704 Broad St. 19130. CONTACT:215-496-9780 X 203. www.ecparenting.org

Concilio

Free trauma-informed parenting support at various locations in the city. English and Spanish groups offered. Open to all residents of Philadelphia. CONTACT:  215.627.3100 EXT 276 www.elconcilio.net

● Grieving Resources ●

The Center For Grieving Children

Support for children and parents grieving the death of a loved one- 3300 Henry Avenue, Suite 110- 267-437-3123
www.grievingchildren.org

Final Farewell

Final Farewell provides financial assistance, advice and guidance to grieving families from all religions and backgrounds so they may provide an affordable and decent funeral for their loved child. Call 215 870-8110 or go to www.finalfarewell.org

Bereavement Support Services

Through the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, offers bereavement counseling and/or referrals to appropriate resources for parents who have experienced a late fetal loss or the death of an infant or child. Call 215-685-7411 for help. http://www.phila.gov/health/medicalexaminer/BereavementSupport.html

After the Injury

Website to help children recover from physical and emotional injury and trauma.
www.aftertheinjury.org/

Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund

The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund is a non-medical resource center that provides advocacy, education, information, and financial assistance for needs not covered by insurance to families caring for terminally, critically, and chronically ill, severely disabled, or seriously injured children. Call 215-643-0763 for info.
www.dolanfund.org

● INCARCERATION RESOURCES ●

Pennsylvania Prison Society

Helps families of parents who are incarcerated in PA prisons- has low cost busing.  230 S. Broad Street, Suite 605- 215-564-6005
www.prisonsociety.org

Amachi

Amachi provides mentoring to children with incarcerated parents and military families- 2000 Market St, Suite 600- call Big Brothers Big Sisters at 215-729-0248 and mention Amachi
http://www.amachimentoring.org/index.html

Children of Incarcerated Parents Library

Very helpful site for parents and providers of children with incarcerated parents.
http://nrccfi.camden.rutgers.edu/
Tips for caring for children with an incarcerated parent
Tips from Caregivers for Caregivers

Sesame Street Resources for Families with Incarcerated Parents

Resources for families with children 3-8 years old dealing with the incarceration of a family member. Click http://www.sesamestreet.org/toolkits/incarceration for info and here for downloadable guide for children and caregivers. Click here for iphone app or here for android.

Virtual Visitation

As you encourage the relationship between children and their incarcerated loved ones, the Virtual Visitation Program can help. It provides visitation via videoconferencing for offenders and their approved visitors. Sometimes visitors are unable to travel long distances to visit incarcerated loved ones, and the Virtual Visitation Program helps to bridge this gap. For more information call 1-877-658-8474.

Ride & Rebuild

A low cost transportation company to most prisons in PA. Check out their website for info and pricing. www.rideandrebuild.com

Transportation Services to PA Prisons

Click prisonsociety.org/transportation for various bus services to prisons in PA.

Children of Incarcerated and Returning Parents Summer Program

Children of Incarcerated and Returning Parents (CHIRP). CHIRP, through a grant from the JAMS Foundation,  offers youth with a parent who is incarcerated or returning from prison an opportunity to deepen their emotional awareness and their ability to manage conflict more effectively. The program gives youth an opportunity to meet and share their experience with others who are in a similar situation.  Through a series of conflict resolution workshops, participants will gain emotional support and skill development while learning productive approaches in managing conflicts. Separate workshops will be arranged for children ages 9-12 and 13-17.  There is no fee to attend the workshop. www.phillymediators.org
To register children for the summer workshop contact Good Shepherd’s Youth Service Coordinator, Graham Salinger, at 215-843-5413 or online here

How to explain jails and prisons to children guide for caregivers

Click  here for guide

ReLink

Are you between the ages of 18 and 26? Have you been incarcerated in Philadelphia? Do you need help getting your life back on track?

  • Getting your GED or high school diploma and entering college.
  • Job searching and training.
  • Finding health insurance.
  • Finding a doctor or dentist.
  • Drug and alcohol treatment.
  • Mental health treatment.
  • Getting legal documents (state ID, birth certificates, Social Security cards).
  • Transportation.
    Call 215-981-0088 or better yet, fill out intake form at www.actionwellness.org/services/how-we-can-help/re-link-program/

Impact Services Reentry

Helps ex-offenders get skills and find jobs. www.impactservices.org or call 215-739-1600 for info

Interactive map for returning citizens (Reentry Map)

Click here to find resources in your community. reentrymap.cor.pa.gov

Ex-Offener Reentry Program

Through PA Prison Society. Find opportunities here.

● Foster/Kinship Care ●

Kinship Care Resources in Philadelphia

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Kinship Care Resource Guide

Click here for guide an here in Spanish

Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance

A Family Strengthening Program that offers various parent support groups, foster parent support groups, support groups for grandparents, incarcerated parents, parents with children in placement. While in meetings children participate in various children’s programs in the same location- Also helps parents who have had a complaint issued against them through DHS know their rights and obligations they have- 800-448-4906
http://www.pa-fsa.org

Foster Care America

Great site for info on Foster Care from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
www.aap.org/fostercare

DHS Parenting Collaborative

The DHS Parenting Collaborative Referral connects parents to parenting education programs. We accept referrals from providers, DHS, and parents. If needed, some parenting agencies provide, tokens, transportation, meals, and childcare. Please call 215-825-8259
www.phmc.org

Grands as Parents, Inc

Assists and supports grandparents raising their grandkids. Services mostly NorthCentral Philly. Call 215-236-5848 for info 2227 N Broad Street

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● Resources for Fathers ●

Project D.A.D.

Daddy University

Daddy University is a Male Parenting Education Company. Their focus is to use education and information to assist all men who are raising children. Click www.daddyuniv.com for info. 1800 JFK Blvd Suite 300. 610-579-3237.

Fatherhood Enrichment Program

The goal of the program is to assist fathers in supporting the well-being of their children, through education, training and personal development, with a focus on family strengthening. For pre-prison release or post-prison release fathers. 990 Spring Garden 215-685-0770. Brochure
rise.phila.gov/fatherhood-enrichment-program-fep

F.A.C.E. (Father’ and Children’s Equality)

FACE advocates for children’s rights
to full access to both parents and their extended families, and provides advise and self-help support groups for non-custodial and/or non-residential parents-call (877)4PAFACE for more information.
www.paface.org

Young Fathers United Parenting Support

Young Fathers United offers parenting skills and empowerment sessions to fathers ages 14­-25 years old on Wednesdays from 5:00 PM­ 7:30 PM at IDAAY North Central Regional Center 2227 N. Broad St. For more information, contact S. Archye Leacock at aleacock@idaay.org or at 215-901-6976

ELECT Teen Parent Classrooms

ELECT (Education Leading to Employment Career Training) Teen Parent Classrooms help pregnant and parenting teens finish their high school education and plan for college and/or employment after high-school. The ELECT staff provides academic and social service support, case management, home visits and group activities. For more information call 215-400-4250.

http://webgui.phila.k12.pa.us/offices/e/earlychild/proposed-programs–services-page/elect/cradle-to-the-classroom
ELECT Referral Form

Menergy

For men who are physically or emotionally abusive. Provides outpatient group treatment, rehabilitation and anger management for men who have been abusive to their partners. 215-242-2235 Espanol 267-625-6135
www.menergy.org

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Cradles to Crayons

Provides children from birth to 12 years living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items (clothes, school supplies, bedroom items) they need to thrive free of charge. Call 215-836-0958 cradlestocrayons.org

NaturePHL

Find parks and outdoor events near you. Click here naturephl.org

Philly Keyspots

Find free computer classes, internet access, and one-on-one training at a community center near you.
https://www.phillykeyspots.org/

New Kensington Community Development Corp.

Multiple resources for the Kensington residents/businesses and surrounding community to help it’s community thrive. Go to nkcdc.org to check out their many programs or call 215- 427-0350

Comcast Internet Essentials

If a child in a household is eligible for free school lunch, a family is eligible for a low cost computer and $9.95 monthly internet. Call 1-855-8-INTERNET for info or go to link below.
www.internetessentials.com
Click here for flyer

Sickle Cell Disease Association

Provides non-medical supportive services, resources, and assistance to persons affected by Sickle Cell Disease and Trait- 5070 Parkside Avenue, Suite 1404, 4th Floor- (215) 471-8686
www.sicklecelldisorder.com

CAPP (Community Asthma Prevention Program)

Offers free asthma classes (5 sessions with free asthma products at each session) and home asthma interventions for more severe asthmatics- targets West and North Philadelphia residents- 3535 Market Street Suite 1018 – 215-590-5261
www.chop.edu/capp
Home Asthma Visitstion Referral Sheet

Philadelphia County Dental Society

Assists Philadelphia residents by answering questions about dental care and providing referrals to dentists in caller?s area- 215-925-6050
www.philcodent.org/home

Vaccines on the Go

Great website and mobile app to get accurate, timely information on childhood vaccines. Click here for info.

Philadelphia Family Pride (PFP)

PFP offers family-centered social events, support groups, parenting workshops, educational forums, information and resource referrals, and advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ families in the Greater Philadelphia region.
philadelphiafamilypride.org

Beds for Kids (BFK)

A part of One House at a Time, the Beds for Kids Programs can provide a new twin bed and bedding to children in need. In order to qualify for BFK, children must be between ages 2 and 20 and reside in a household whose income is at or below 100% of the U.S. Poverty Guidelines. A social worker or case manager MUST call for teh parent. Call 215.346.6427 or go to www.ohaat.org/bedsforkids/ learn how to become a referral partner.

Our Closet

FREE clothing for children and adults at various “pop-up shop” locations throughout the city. Click here to find out more and find a date and location close to you. ourclosetpa.org

Logisticare Medical Transportation

Logisticare provides transportation services for children with special health care needs or ANY child who recieves medical assistance and Medicaid. Call at least 3 days in advance and up to 30 days in advance to schedule a pick-up- 877-835-7412.
www.logisticare.com/
Click here for more information on Medical Transportation

PA Partners in Public Education

Great resource for families interested in getting help with parenting and helping their child in school. Great brochures and videos.
http://www.partnerspa.org/default.aspx

Parent University

Help your children with their school work and in life. FREE classes and workshops for parents, Family Literacy, Financial Literacy, Health/ Wellness&Cultural Enrichment through the School District. Call 215-400-4180 or go to website.
www.philasd-parentuniversity.org/

Educating Communities for Parenting

Provides a wide variety of Power to Parent workshops for parents including teen mothers and fathers. Classes consist of year long school based programs, 12 week sessions, and assorted short term workshops. Programs focus on helping both parents and their children achieve their full potential. All services are provided free of charge. For information call 215-496-9780
www.ecparenting.org

Turning Points for Children

Offers 12 week parenting and support programs for: Teens; Adult Parents and Caregivers. Also has Families and Schools Together Program (FAST) and Personalized Support Services (Pre-ARS). Call 215-875-8200 for info.
www.turningpointsforchildren.org

The Parent-Child Home Visiting Program

The Parent-Child Home Program
The Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP) works with families with children between 16 months and four years old, over a two-year period. A trained community-based Early Learning Specialists visits twice a week for 30 minutes to help parents get their children ready for school. Parents will also receive dozens of books. To enroll families residing in 19121, 19122, 19132, and 19133 . please contact: Jennifer Bradshaw at 215-817-4049
To enroll Latino and African immigrant families in South and Southwest Philadelphia, please contact: Vanessa Ruiz at 267-361-7878

Reintegration Services for Ex-Offenders (RISE)

Mayor’s Office to get ex-offenders back on tract. 34 S. 11th Street  215-683-3370.
http://rise.phila.gov/services/

Focus On Fathers

Brings together fathers and other men caring for their children in peer groups, outings, and educational workshops- Centre Square East, 1500 Market Street.- 267.765.2361
http://www.hpcpa.org/programs/focus-fathers

Youth Violence Reduction Partnership (YVRP)

YVRP is a hands-on, anti-violence collaboration in which Youth Workers are assigned to high-risk youth between the ages of 10 and 15 to protect them from becoming perpetrators or victims of violence. AVRP addresses the needs of youth who meet the following criteria:

  • Prior arrest <13 or recently arrested
  • Have been a victim of a crime
  • Have a family member or friend who has been killed or has a parent or sibling in jail
  • Reside in a house with documented history of child abuse or domestic violence

Call 215-940-0550 NOW for more information or to refer a youth in need.
http://paan1989.org/services/youth-violence-reduction-partnership/

Meditation and Breathing Information

Click here for ways to help center yourself and reduce stress

Stop, Breathe and Think

A friendly, simple tool to guide people of all ages and backgrounds through meditations for mindfulness and compassion. Help reduce stress and increase focus, anywhere. Phone, web. Click below
www.stopbreathethink.org

Roots2Rise Yoga/Meditation

Provides access to yoga and mindfullness in various locations for $5 or less.
www.roots2rise.com/5schedule