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.
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
Provides help with evaluations, testing, adoption and foster care info- 1-866-532-7669
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
A program of the Maternity Care Coalition that provides cribs for needy families in Philadelphia to help reduce the deaths due to SIDS and improper sleep environment. Cribs are provided to families who are otherwise unable to purchase one. In addition, Cribs for Kids provides education and training on proper sleep environment to all families receiving a crib, as well as health providers and the public- 215-989-3589
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
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
Face to Face offers a Dining Room, a nurse managed Health Center, a Legal Center, a Social Services Center and, along with Mercy Neighborhood Ministries, early child education (3 and 4 year olds), children’s Summer Camps and After School programs. 123 East Price Street 215-438-7939. facetofacegermantown.org
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. 1635 Market Street 5th Floor 19103 Call 1-800-989-2227 or go to website for info and to schedule an appointment. Online appointments click here.
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–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!
Free tax preparation. Call 215-454-6483 or visit the web site.
Click link below to see if you qualify for benefits
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.
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
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)
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 215-685-7458 for help. http://www.phila.gov/health/medicalexaminer/BereavementSupport.html
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.
The People’s Paper Co-op (PPC) is an ongoing initiative by the Village of Arts and Humanities in Philly that connects formerly incarcerated individuals together with artists, civil rights lawyers, and many others to run a multitude of programs and initiatives. peoplespaperco-op.weebly.com
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.
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 go to https://www.cor.pa.gov/family-and-friends/Pages/Video-Visitation.aspx
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
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?
Click here to find resources in your community. reentrymap.cor.pa.gov
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
Several resources for Foster Care families from Sesame Street. Click here https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/topics/foster-care/?activity=a-place-for-you
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
Assists and supports grandparents raising their grandkids. Services mostly NorthCentral Philly. Call 215-236-5848 for info 2227 N Broad Street
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
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 email@example.com or at 215-901-6976
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.
Smith’s huge Playground and beautiful Playhouse in East Fairmount Park is open for FREE to children 10 and younger and their adult caregivers for unstructured physical and imaginative play, weekly story time, monthly arts and crafts sessions, and several special kids’ celebrations throughout the year. For more information, including visiting hours, directions, and how to schedule a group visit or birthday party, please contact Smith at 215-765-4325
Sign up here for free admission www.adventureaquarium.com/Aquarium-Admission/Memberships/Pre-K
$2 admission tickets for families with an Access Card to dozens of museums, gardens and live shows in Philadelphia. See link below for info and participating museums and theaters. Click here for info or go to www.art-reach.org or click here for brochure that lists all the museums and details, click here for Spanish
2 free games for kids, every day, all summer long late Spring to early Fall, at the following bowling alleys. Register below at particiapting lanes. www.kidsbowlfree.com
Erie Lanes 1310 East Erie Ave (North Philly)- 15 and under
South Bowl 19 East Oregon Avenue (South Philly)- 16 and under
Thunderbird Lanes 5830 Castor Ave (NE Philly)- 15 and under
Thunderbird Lanes 3075 Holme Ave (NE Philly)- 15 and under
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
Home Asthma Visitstion Referral Sheet
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.
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.
Click here for more information on Medical Transportation
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
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
YVRP is a hands-on, anti-violence collaboration in which Youth Workers are assigned to high-risk youth to protect them from becoming perpetrators or victims of violence. AVRP addresses the needs of these youth.
Call 215-940-0550 NOW for more information or to refer a youth in need.