Community Umbrella Agency

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

Delores Mills (Chair), House of Able
Dr. Rev. Myra Maxwell (Co-Chair), Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
Rev. Bruce Points (Secretary). Zion AME Church
Dr . Kamau Kanyi, Director of Community Relations (CUA Region 8), Bethanna
Meeka Outlaw, Diversified Community Services
Kim Rollings, Ox Sun Spa
Tiphanie White, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson’s Office
Carmetta Dickerson, Town Watch Integrated Services
Intisar Shah, Qaams Haj Foundation
Tyrique Glasgow, Young Chances Foundation
Michael Johnson, Town Watch Integrated Services
John O’Conner, Community Relations Officer, 17th Police District
Kimberlee Hickinson, Community Relations Officer, 17th Police District
Sean Korman, Starbucks
Jude Arijaje, Minuteman Press of Philadelphia
Rory Sweeney, aints John Neumann & Maria Goretti Catholic High School
Lynne Wilkins, Senator Anthony Williams Office
Anton Moore, Unity in the Community
Malkia Singleton, Ofori-Agyekum Parent Child Home Program
Jiawen Xiong, Asian Arts Imitative
Maritza González, Sunrise of Philadelphia
Michelle Heyward, DBHIDS

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

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