Community Umbrella Agency

Bethanna – Community Umbrella Agency Region # 8

Philadelphia’s new model for permanency services, Improving Outcomes for Children (IOC), is taking a community-based approach to streamline accountability and improve services. Community Umbrella Agencies (CUA’s) are community-based agencies that are responsible for the provision of direct case management services to families in their designated region. The CUAs ensure that local solutions and resources are more accessible to children and families. They develop connections to formal and informal neighborhood networks that can strengthen and stabilize families. In addition, they are responsible for recruitment and retention of foster and adoptive parents in the neighborhoods where children live. Bethanna is the Community Umbrella Agency (CUA) for Center City and South Philadelphia serving the 1st. 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 17th police districts. This service region is designated as CUA # 8.

Bethanna Community Advisory Board

Carmetta Dickerson (Chair) Town Watch
Rev. Bruce Points (Co-chair) Zion A.M.E Church
Tiphanie White (Secretary) Councilman Johnson’s Office
Kim Smith ECAC member from EPIC group
Dr. David Apple Tenth Presbyterian Church
Tyrique Glasgow Young Chances
Anton Moore Unity in the Community
Russell Shoemaker PDAC President (1st District)
Thao Tran Asian Arts Initiative
Tanika Little Ian-Yae’s In Touch
Lynne Wilkins Community Member
Andrew Lukov Principal, Southwark School

IOC Principles:

  • More children and youth maintained safely in their own homes and communities
  • More children and youth achieving timely reunification or other permanence
  • A reduction in the use of congregate care
  • Improved child, youth, and family functioning


  • Case Management
  • Behavioral Health
  • Parenting Education
  • Resource Home/Foster Care
  • Adoption Services

For more information view our Brochure

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