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Mayor Nutter held a press conference to announce the temporary closing of the One Parkway tower. (Credit: Mike Dunn)

Burst Water Pipe Closes One Parkway Tower

Nearly 2,000 city workers got an unexpected day off today after a burst water pipe forced the closure of their Center City office tower.

04/16/2014

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Nutter Administration Working To Recruit More Foster Families in Philadelphia

DHS commissioner Anne Marie Ambrose says the film, “Tio Papi” (photo), drives home the point that child welfare is a community responsibility.

10/24/2013

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DHS Increasing Efforts To Help Teens Find Longterm Homes

The Department of Human Services in Philadelphia is boosting its efforts to help get teenagers out of group homes and institutions, and into long term foster care.

08/24/2013

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Woman Looking To Adopt Nieces Challenges City’s Child Welfare System

A Philadelphia woman is asking Family Court to award her custody of her nieces in a case that her advocates say shows the city is biased against poor women.

09/26/2012

Ambrose and Nutter at the announcement at the Cruz Rec Center at 6th and Master Streets. (Credit: Mike DeNardo/KYW Newsradio)

Philadelphia To Change The Way It Handles Child Welfare Case

Instead of having both DHS and outside case workers assigned to a child welfare case, DHS is beginning to put all of its case management in the hands of community-umbrella agencies.

07/18/2012

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Philadelphia’s DHS Holding Town Hall Meeting On Childhood Obesity

The townhall is planned for 6 p.m. Wednesday at Towey Rec Center in West Kensington.

01/24/2012

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New Initiative in Philadelphia Requires DHS Workers To Explain Abuse To Kids

A new Philadelphia ordinance that went into effect January 1st provides an added layer of protection for the city’s most vulnerable children.

01/01/2012

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Hundreds Offer Donations, Help For Baby Noel

Hundreds from across the country have reached out to help Baby Noel, the newborn baby girl found in a box in North Philadelphia a few days before Christmas, and now you can too.

12/28/2011

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DHS Releases Statement About Abandoned ‘Baby Noel’

Philadelphia’s DHS has released a statement about baby Noel in response to the outpouring of support for the little girl, who was found abandoned in a cardboard box in North Philadelphia on Wednesday.

12/23/2011

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Attorney: DHS Places Children Of Tacony Basement Defendants Well Outside Of City

An attorney says the children of two defendants in the so-called “basement of horrors” case have now been formally adjudicated dependent and they have been placed outside the city by the Department of Human Services.

11/22/2011

DHS Provides 52 Needy Families With Thanksgiving Dinner

More than fifty Philadelphia families received the makings for a Thanksgiving feast on Saturday.

11/19/2011

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Philadelphia City Council To Hold Hearing In Wake Of Tacony Dungeon Case

City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown says the hearing will not focus on the specifics of the Tacony basement case but rather the bigger picture of how mentally disabled children and adults are tracked in the city’s public welfare system.

10/31/2011

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Grandparents Of Kids Found In Philadelphia Basement Will Seek Custody

The parents of one of the four mentally disabled people found chained in a Tacony basement last weekend will seek custody of their grandchildren.

10/21/2011

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Truancy: A Major Urban Problem

Truancy is a problem in major urban areas. In Philadelphia 10,000 students, or 6% of the public school population, have 10 or more unexcused absences.

06/22/2011

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