Teen Placement Diversion Program
The Teen Placement Diversion Program provides intensive in-home intervention as an alternative to foster care placement for at-risk children and their families. Social workers based at Casa del Carmen in North Philadelphia go out daily into the city's neighborhoods to visit with children in their own homes and family settings. This short-term, intensive assistance is aimed to support families in crisis due to teenage truancy, delinquency, substance abuse or unplanned pregnancy. Parenting guidance, life-skills training, and comprehensive case management often prevent future placement by strengthening families while ensuring child safety and well-being. Funded by the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, the program's goal is family preservation and avoidance of out-of-home placement for adolescents.