Gemma’s continuum of care includes prevention programs that help to ensure the wellbeing of children and families in our community.

These programs strive to meet the needs of children and youth where they may be most vulnerable — in-home services and prevention.


The Family Support Program at Gemma is designed to help families in Philadelphia with children ages 2-5 access additional support at no cost so parents/caregivers can provide the best care for their children. This program supports families by identifying and using their strengths to help the family develop routines and strategies to help them meet their goals. Families work with the Family Support Partner who helps families access supports and services that promote their well-being and that of their children, enhance their skills, and strengthen their problem-solving abilities to promote optimal child development and increase caregivers’ confidence.

This program is supported by the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) of Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services (DHS) and Pennsylvania’s Department of Education (PDE). For more information, visit and

For more information about the Family Support Program, please contact:
[email protected] or call (215) 730-2240.

Click here to view a virtual open house about the program.

To make a referral for yourself or someone else, complete the form through this link or the button below. We will contact you within two business days.

family empowerment center

Gemma Services’ Family Empowerment Center (FEC) is a short-term, voluntary prevention program that provides in-home case management and support services for families in Philadelphia. The program is designed to strengthen and stabilize families who have been reported to the Child Abuse Hotline, but for whom DHS has determined that there are no active safety threats.

Services are designed to prevent children’s placement in foster care. FEC services connect families to resources and link them to community supports.

In conjunction with in-home services, weekly parenting workshops are also offered at our Preheim Center location. Topics include information on child development, healthy relationships, and strategies to strengthen the family unit. Childcare, tokens, and food are provided.

For more information regarding any of our prevention programs, please contact us at 215.730.2240 or by email.