Below is a list of CYS services available to eligible Warren county residents and whether those services are provided by Forest Warren Human Services or by private providers. More detailed descriptions of these services are located below the table.

 

CYS SERVICES AVAILABLE TO ELIGIBLE WARREN COUNTY RESIDENTS

 

Forest Warren
Human Services

Private Provider

Adoption

X

X

Casemanagement

X

-

Crisis Intervention

X

-

Foster Care

X

X

Homemaking Education and Support

X

-

Independent Living Skills

X

X

Information and Referral

X

-

Parent Education & Training

X

-

Abuse and Neglect Referrals

X

-

Child Abuse Prevention

-

X

Service Planning

X

-

Protective Services

X

-

Counseling for Unwed Mothers

X

X

Community and Facility Based Placements

-

X

Perinatal Program

X

-

Foster Parent Recruitment and Retention

X

-

Multi-Systemic Therapy

          -

          X

Family Group Decision Making

          X

          X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

UNIT:   GENERAL PROTECTIVE SERVICES

 

General Protective Services are provided to protect children from being further neglected or abused. 

 

Program objectives - Each county agency is responsible for administering a program of general protective services to children and youth that is consistent with the agency's objectives to:

 

(1) keep children in their own homes, whenever possible

(2) prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation

(3) overcome problems that result in dependency

(4) provide temporary, substitute placement is in a foster family home or residential child-care facility for a child in need of care

(5) reunite children and their families whenever possible when children are in temporary, substitute placement

(6) provide a permanent, legally assured family for a child in temporary, substitute care who cannot be returned to his own home

(7) provide services and care ordered by the court for children who have been adjudicated dependent

 

Efforts to prevent need for removal from home - In its effort to assist the child and the child's parents, pursuant to federal regulation, the county agency will make reasonable efforts prior to the placement of a child in foster care, to prevent or eliminate the need for removal of the child from his home, and to make it possible for the child to return to home.

 

Assistance in obtaining available benefits - The county agency shall aid the child and the family in obtaining benefits and services for which they may qualify under Federal, State and Local programs.

 

Intensive Casemanagement Services are short-term, intensive, in-home, crisis intervention services that teach skills and provide supports for families in which a child is at imminent risk of out-of-home placement.  These services are designed to support families in crisis in which children are either at risk of placement or have been placed outside their homes.  Intensive services are effective as reunification services, as well as for placement prevention.  The goal is to keep children safe and avoid both unnecessary removal and unnecessary long separations from family in out-of-home care.  Intensive services are used to reunify children quickly with their families, when it is safe to do so, as essential to preventing placement.  Intensive service works to promote family as the first priority permanency option for children.

 

Homemaker Services (homemaking education and support) are available for families who need help in learning budgeting, meal preparation and homemaking tasks.  Home help, home care skills instruction and child care and supervision are provided to a child and the child's family in the child's home by County Social Services Aides.

 

Admission criteria/eligibility and Intake process:  Cases are accepted from the Forest Warren Human Services Intake Unit following a general protective services intake assessment or a child protective services (child abuse) investigation.

 

Fees, client costs, funding sources:  Services are funded with Federal, State and County funding sources.

 

 

 

UNIT:  ADOPTION/FOSTER CARE

 

Foster care is designed to provide a temporary substitute family experience for a child who has been removed from their biological home for a variety of reasons.  The primary goal of foster care is to reunite families, if possible.

 

 

Formal kinship care is designed to provide the same experience as a foster placement; however, the caregiver is usually one who has an existing relationship with the child and/or child's family.

 

Respite care is designed to provide temporary care for children in Children and Youth placement with the primary purpose of providing relief to caregivers.

 

Adoption is designed to provide a safe and permanent home for children whose natural parents are unable or unwilling to fulfill this responsibility.

 

Adoption searches are also conducted through this unit assisting adults 18 years or older who were adopted through Warren County Children and Youth, in locating their birth families.  This can only be done with a court order.

 

Admission criteria/eligibility and Intake process:  To become a licensed foster care or kinship home you must be at least 21 years of age, possess a valid driver's license, demonstrate financial stability, have passed a medical physical and have child abuse and criminal clearances.  Foster parents must also attend foster parenting classes, complete a home study, a home safety evaluation, water test (if applicable), give 5 references and sign an agency disclosure statement.  To become an adoptive parent the same requirements as foster parenting applies along with autobiographies, questionnaires, most to least list and proof of licenses (marriage, driver's homeowner's, auto, etc.).

 

Fees, client costs, funding sources:  There are no fees associated with any of the services in this unit.

 

 

 

UNIT:  INDEPENDENT LIVING PROGRAM

 

The Independent Living Program is a voluntary program designed to aid youth learn skills and locate resources that will be useful to them in their transition to adulthood.  Skills needed for this transition are taught.  The Independent Living caseworker will also assist the youth with education, employment and housing.  This would include, but not limited to, encouraging those attending high school to complete their education and graduate.  Those that have chosen to obtain their GED, the Independent Living caseworker will aid in that process.  Students desiring higher education, the Independent Living caseworker will assist these students with SATs, necessary college paperwork and completion of financial aid forms.  Assistance with employment, such as aiding in resume writing, interview skills, and application completion are also offered.

 

Admission criteria/eligibility and Intake process:  Youth that are 16 years old or older and have been in out of home placement on or after their 16th birthday are eligible for enrollment into the Independent Living Program.  The current Children and Youth caseworker for the child will make the referral to the Independent Living caseworker and/or the Independent Living supervisor.  Eligible students can remain in the Independent Living Program until the age of 21 years.

 

Fees, client costs, funding sources:  There is no charge for these services.  Independent Living is in part grant funded.

 

 

 

UNIT:  PERINATAL PROGRAM

 

The overall goal of the Perinatal Program is to promote bonding and to raise children in nurturing and safe environments.  The Perinatal Program provides services to families from their first trimester of pregnancy until the child is 3 years old.  The Perinatal Program caseworker provides information, education, and emotional support to the family.  The Perinatal Program caseworker will come directly to the home to provide services.  Assistance with transportation to appointments that are necessary for the health and well-being of the mother and child is also provided. 

 

Admission criteria/eligibility and Intake process:  Referrals can be made by calling the Intake Department at 726-2100.

 

Fees, client costs, funding sources:  Services are provided for free.

 

 

 

UNIT:  PARENT EDUCATION

 

The Parenting Program offers a variety of classes free of charge to the public.  A new curriculum from Active Parenting has recently been implemented for some of the Core courses.  1, 2, 3, 4 Parents covers parenting of children up to 4 years of age.  Active Parenting Now deals with parenting of children ranging from 5-12 years and Active Parenting of Teens helps parents learn how to effectively relate to their teenage child(ren).  Other classes offered include:  Helping Your Child(ren) Cope with Divorce (a class that is usually court-mandated for parents engaged in custody disputes), Parenting the ADHD/ODD child (for parents of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or Oppositional Defiant Disorder), Truancy, and Managing Anger in the Family.  A complete list of other special-topic classes can be accessed by calling the Parent Education Department at 726-2100 (x8211 or x8249).  All classes are held at the Roseland Building, which is the building next to and just south of Forest-Warren Human Services.

 

In addition to these classes, parent educators are available to provide in-home parenting services to persons who cannot attend regular classes due to disability, problems with baby-sitting, lack of transportation, or other personal issues.  Referrals for in-home parent education are received from caseworkers, the CASSP program, and other referral sources.  Individuals may also request services directly through the Intake Department by calling 726-2100.

 

Admission criteria/eligibility and Intake process:  To sign up for classes, please contact a Parent Educator at 726-2100 (x8211 or x8249).  For in-home parenting, please call the Intake Department at 726-2100.

 

Fees, client costs, funding sources:  Services are provided for free.

 

 

 

UNIT:  MULTI-SYSTEMIC THERAPY

 

Multi-systemic Therapy (MST) is an intensive, family and community-based program for youth displaying incorrigibility, youth at-risk of out-of-home placement, or youth with identified substance abuse issues, and their families.  MST was designed to provide communities with affordable, family-based treatment that result in positive outcomes for youth.

 

In order to help troubled youth, it is necessary to strengthen the support systems that surround them so that they may continue to benefit long after immediate intervention has ended.  MST strives to promote behavior change within the youth's natural environment, using the strengths of their family, peers, school and community, to facilitate change.

 

MST utilizes a treatment team of trained therapists to provide services to youth and families.  MST services are flexible, with evening, weekend and on-call services available to meet the needs of the family.

 

Admission criteria/eligibility and Intake process:  Program is administered by Adelphoi Village, Inc.  Child must be referred by Children and Youth Services or Warren County Juvenile Probation Department.  Child must have been petitioned to juvenile court by one of the departments.

 

Fees, client costs, funding sources:  Program is funded by a Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) Grant and public medical assistance funding.  There is no fee for the service from the family served.

 

 

 

 

UNIT:  FAMILY GROUP DECISION MAKING

 

Family Group Decision Making is a strengths-based empowerment model designed to join the wider family group, including relatives, friends, community members, and others, to collectively make decisions to resolve an identified concern.  FGDM is primarily based on aspects of the Family Unity Model and the Family Group Conferencing process established in New Zealand.  FGDM conferences include extensive preparation; an opening and sharing of strengths, concerns, and resources; private family time; family presentation of the plan and plan acceptance by the referring agency; and plan implementation and monitoring.

 

Admission criteria/eligibility and Intake process:  Program is administered by Forest-Warren Human Services and facilitated by the agency and Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems.  Child must be referred by the Forest Warren Human Services Intake Unit or Children and Youth Services staff.

 

Fees, client costs, funding sources:  There is no fee for the service from the family served and the program is funded with Children and Youth Services program funds.

 

 

 

 

The Office of Children, Youth and Families complies with the following state laws/regulations requiring that child abuse and neglect be investigated and safe permanent homes be secured for dependent children:

 

Also complies with all applicable Federal legislation including the:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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