We Transform Lives.

Improving the lives of Philadelphia’s most vulnerable population – our children and teenagers – is what we do all day, every day. From our Community-Based Programs to our Acute Services and Educational opportunities, we are making a difference every day.

Click on our stories, hear from those who are now reaching their potential and then join us in supporting our important work.

For more information, please contact us at 215-643-5400, Ext. 4024.



In 2015 Wordsworth:

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    Provided services to more than 4,600 children, youth and families.

  • Ramped up
    Hope Springs,
    an Acute Partial Hospitalization Program for children ages 5 – 13, that opened in July of 2014 to full capacity.

  • Employed 740 staff members in three departments and thirteen distinct program areas.

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    Received the Anti-Defamation Leagues’ ‘No Place for Hate’ designation.

  • Celebrated the 23 Wordsworth students who graduated; 14 from the APS, 7 from SPIRIT and 2 from STARS.

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    Increased the number of children, youth and families supported by the agency by more than 2,300, doubling the size of the agency’s client population.

  • Hosted two screenings of the feature film Caregivers: Their Passion, Their Pain for more than 125 human service professionals each followed by a panel discussion with local secondary trauma experts.

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    Presented the “All Star Award”to one direct service employee and the “Sanctuary Award” to another from each program.

  • Celebrated Wordsworth’s CEO, Debra Lacks’ election to President of the Alliance of Community Service Providers.

  • Sailed with the “Stars” of Wordsworth on the Spirit of Philadelphia for a fun-filled staff appreciation event

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    Added a General Counsel to our Executive Management Team

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    Decreased staff turnover by 24%.

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    Brought our Community Umbrella Agencies to full capacity.

  • Broadened and diversified our Board of Directors.

See how Wordsworth transforms lives

Meet Michael

Due to his biological mother’s addiction, Michael had been in multiple foster placements for nine years. His behavior in the foster homes had become out of control. He received treatment through Wordsworth Foster Care, and now, at age 20, Michael graduated at the top of his high school class and attends college.

Meet Jeffrey

After being asked to leave his group home for assaulting a female resident, Jeffrey was placed in a shelter. He was then charged and put in the dependency system, but his family’s inconsistent involvement and inability to control him brought him to Wordsworth. He was later discharged to the care of his parents. In 2009, he graduated from high school and is currently pursuing a degree in Chemistry at Temple University.