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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, prevention, protection.


The Family Support Program at Gemma is designed to help families in Philadelphia with children ages 2-5 access extra support so they 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.

The program is made possible and funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (“OCDEL”). OCDEL provides families access to high quality services to prepare children for school and life success.

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.

in home protective services

Gemma Services’ In Home Protective Services (IHPS) provide an array of in-home services designed to strengthen families and avoid out-of-home placement for children for families where DHS has determined that there is an active safety threat. In-home services are more intensive in order to increase stabilization for families.

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