Children & Youth Legal Mandates

Federal/State Laws & Regulations

Complies with the following laws requiring that child abuse and neglect be investigated and safe permanent homes be secured for dependent children:

  • Juvenile Act (Act 333) and amendments
  • Child Protective Services Law (Act 124) and amendments
  • The regulations governing County children and youth agencies
  • Child protective services regulations
  • Domestic Relations Title 33

Also complies with all applicable Federal legislation, including the:

  • Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997
  • Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980
  • Multi-ethnic Placement Act of 1994
  • Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978

When needed, provides protective custody, emergency shelter care, medical and mental health services, foster care and adoptive services

Provides a family service plan with goals for establishing a safe child environment

Supervises any temporary placement of children

Ensures a permanent home for every child