Family Resources

If you, a friend, a family member or someone you know needs family or parenting support (including mental health services) resources are available:

Infants and Children

The Office of Children and Family Services, (OCF) City of Philadelphia
The Office of Children and Families (OCF) aligns the City’s policies, resources, and services for children and families. The priorities are: Safe children, strong families and supported schools.  OCF administers a number of City-supported programs, including Out-of-School TimeWorkReadyCommunity SchoolsPHLpreK, and Access Centers. They also oversee the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Philadelphia Children and Families Cabinet.

Community Behavioral Health (CBH)
If your child needs mental health services (regardless of insurance) you can connect to Community Behavioral Health to seek guidance on the best support and treatment provider near you.

Department of Human Services (DHS) Philadelphia
DHS General Information and Customer Service: 215-683- 4DHS (4347)
Location: 1515 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA 19102
DHS provides and promotes safety, permanency, and well-being for children and youth at risk of abuse, neglect and delinquency.

Being a parent can be challenging. Whether you are single, a dad or mom, a teen, foster, kin, or an incarcerated parent, DHS is here to support you by providing free resources such as classes and support groups, and Parent Café’s where you have a chance to connect with other parents.

* To confidentially report abuse or neglect, call: 215-683-6100  or the PA State hotline:   1-800-932-0313

Early Intervention

Maternity Care Coalition
The mission of Maternity Care Coalition is to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women and parenting families, and enhance school readiness for children 0-3.

Intellectual disAbility Services (IDS)
A division of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, IDS is responsible for two state-funded programs: the Infant Toddler Early Intervention Program and Intellectual disAbility Services.
Here you will find a variety of resources for biological parents, resource parents and caregivers who care for young children.

ChildLink/Philadelphia County provides service coordinators who help children from birth to age three residing in Philadelphia who have developmental delays or disabilities, and their families obtain supports and services.

The Center for Autism
The oldest autism treatment center in the country is a leading provider of services in the Philadelphia region. The Center knows that each person with autism is unique and tailors its programs to the needs of each person and family.


Support Groups and Guidance

Resources for new parents who live in Philadelphia

Find resources, support groups, and helpful information on parenting

Family Resource Network (FRN)

We provide support for family members, significant person, professionals, and others supporting someone with a behavioral health disorder. Through FRN, families can acquire more immediate information about the behavioral health treatment process and are connected with their choice of support or education groups.
Phone: (215) 599-5176

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Support Groups for Family Members
NAMI provides support groups for families and caretakers of children, young adults and adults, as well as groups for individuals living with mental health conditions. Groups are offered across the city to serve all families.

Parenting Plus
Parenting classes and support offered through Mental Health Partnerships  (Now at 833 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia.)  A warm and welcoming 12-session parenting education series for parents or caregivers living with a mental health condition. All services and supports are free or charge.

Cradles to Crayons

Provides children, from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. They supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities with communities that need.
Address: 30 Clipper Rd, PO Box 779, West Conshohocken, PA 19428

Parents Involved Network
A peer-to-peer run program that assists parents/caregivers of children and adolescents with behavioral health challenges.  PIN provides information, support, referrals and advocacy; assists parents/caregivers to acquire services from all state, local, or private child-serving systems.

Parent Empowerment Through Advocacy Workshops

Caring for Older Adults

CARIE’s programs extend to the entire state of Pennsylvania and beyond. CARIE is a leader in providing direct assistance to the elderly, their families, and professionals in the aging field. Through telephone contacts and site visits to Philadelphia-area long term care facilities, the agency assists older people and their caregivers to assess needs, identify service resources, and make the necessary connections to resolve elder care issues.

LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE SERVICES – They provide an interpreter free of charge for clients.

Toll Free1-800-356-3606