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Juveniles: Child Abuse and Neglect, Foster Care, Dependency and Delinquency

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This section of PALawHelp.org has information and resources about Juveniles, including Child Abuse and Neglect; Foster Care; Dependency; and Delinquency issues in Pennsylvania.

  • A Parent's Guide to Juvenile Court

    This booklet is written to help participants in the Juvenile Court Project of the Allegheny Bar Foundation understand their rights in the Juvenile Court Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights process. This guide also provides information about the client's responsibilities and the responsibilities of the attorney. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Juvenile Court Project of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation
  • Call to Report Child Abuse!!! - ChildLine and Abuse Registry

    Reporting Child Abuse - Call 800-932-0313 The ChildLine and Abuse Registry Intake Unit is available 24 hours to receive reports of suspected child abuse. Each call is answered by a trained intake specialist who will interview the caller to determine the most appropriate course of action. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
  • Child Abuse and the Law

    This manual from the Juvenile Law Center familiarizes the professional and the lay reader with Pennsylvania’s child abuse and neglect laws and regulations. The aim of this publication is to clarify the role of the various laws and regulations in issue and to clarify the complicated process of state intervention in the family. [PDF] Read More

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    Juvenile Law Center
  • Child Abuse & Neglect

    Resources from the Child Welfare Information Gateway about child maltreatment, including definitions, signs and symptoms, statistics and prevalence, types of child abuse and neglect, risk and protective factors, the impact on individuals and society, and child fatalities. Content Detail

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    Child Welfare Information Gateway
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway

    The Child Welfare Information Gateway connects professionals and concerned citizens to timely, essential information and resources targeted to the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families. Content Detail

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    Child Welfare Information Gateway
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    Spanish / Español
  • Community Legal Services’ Family Advocacy Hotline: Free Advice for Parents Involved with the Child Welfare System

    The Family Advocacy Hotline offers confidential information, advice and referrals for parents involved with the Philadelphia DHS (Department of Human Services) or receiving services from a Community Umbrella Agency (CUA). Read More

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    Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
  • Delinquency - Prehearing Detention of Child

    Information from Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc. on how a delinquent child my be detained. Content Detail

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    Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc.
  • Delinquency - Shelter Hearing/Informal Hearing

    Information from Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc. on hearing rights relating to a child placed in detention or shelter care. Content Detail

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    Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc.
  • Dependency

    Click the link to view Chapter 6-Dependency of the Family Law Manual published by North Penn Legal Services. [PDF] Content Detail

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    North Penn Legal Services
  • Dependent Child Proceedings

    Information from the Erie County Bar Association on dependent child proceedings from the Erie County Bar Association. Content Detail

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    Erie County Bar Association
  • Did You Leave CYF and Change Your Mind? Do You Need Help Now?

    If leaving care wasn’t the best decision for you the law now allows you to ask the court to reopen your case until you are 21 years old. This Fact Sheet from Kid's Voice provides information on your rights. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Kid's Voice
  • Expungement of Juvenile Records

    Expungement is a legal process by which your juvenile record is erased and no one can see it. This brochure from Kid's Voice provides information on the process. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Kid's Voice
  • Family Law Manual

    This handbook provides useful information about common Family Law issues. If you need Family Law help, this handbook has good suggestions about some of the most common areas of Family Law. This handbook also gives answers to commonly asked questions. [PDF] Read More

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    North Penn Legal Services
  • Health Care in Foster Care and When You Age Out

    Fact sheet from the Youth Justice Project providing information on the right to health care for children and youths in foster care. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Youth Justice Project
  • Information and Brochures - Kid's Voice

    KidsVoice in Pittsburgh is recognized as a national model for multidisciplinary child advocacy. This is a link to information provided on the Kid's Voice website on a variety of issues relating to Juvenile and Child Advocacy, including local resources in Allegheny County. Content Detail

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    Kids Voice