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  • 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
  • Find Your Local Domestic Violence Program - Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence

    Help centers across the state provide free, confidential counseling, shelter, legal, and economic services for domestic violence victims and their children. Locate a center near you using your city or zip code; or your current location identified by your mobile device or computer. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Grandparent Rights

    Information from the Erie County Bar Association on grandparent rights concerning custody and visitation from the Erie County Bar Association. Content Detail

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    Erie County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Fact Sheet for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children

    Pennsylvania Fact Sheet developed by a unique national partnership comprised of AARP, the Children’s Defense Fund, Casey Family Programs’ National Center for Resource Family Support, The Brookdale Foundation, the Child Welfare League of America, and Generations United. The fact sheet provides grandparent and other relative caregivers information about the range of support services, benefits and policies they need to fulfill their caregiving role. [PDF] Content Detail

    By:
    AARP
  • Understanding Kinship Foster Care (Video)

    This video has been produced by the Pennsylvania Courts to help potential kinship providers learn about and understand kinship foster care, navigate the dependency court system and take the necessary steps to become a kinship parent. Read More

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    PA Courts
  • Parent’s Guide to Understanding the Pennsylvania Dependency Process (Video)

    This is a comprehensive video from the Pennsylvania Courts for parents whose children have been removed from their care or are under supervision of dependency court. The goals of the video are to help parents learn what to expect in the courtroom, how to prepare for court, how to work with their caseworkers and attorney, what rights they’re entitled to and good questions to ask. Read More

    By:
    Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts
  • Common Law Marriage

    Information on common law marriage from the Erie County Bar Association. Content Detail

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    Erie County Bar Association
  • Separation of Married Individuals

    Information from the Erie County Bar Association on the legal issues involved when married people begin to live separately. Content Detail

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    Erie County Bar Association
  • Supervised Visitation (Video)

    This video from the Supervised Visitation Task Force provides information about being a supervisor where a Court requires supervised parental visitation, also known as supervised physical custody, for the safety and comfort of children. Frequently, relatives or friends are selected and appointed to serve in this capacity as an alternative to using formal visitation centers. This provides guidance for those serving as a Court-ordered supervisor. Read More

    By:
    Supervised Visitation Task Force
  • Local Support and Domestic Relations Office Procedures

    This webpage provides links to information on support collection and Domestic Relations Office procedures in various counties in Pennsylvania. Read More

    By:
    PALawHELP.org
  • Address Confidentiality Program (ACP)

    Information on the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) that helps victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking keep their new home address safe from their perpetrator after they have left an abusive or dangerous situation. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Office of Victim Services
  • Victim Service Programs

    If you are a victim of crime or have been affected by a crime, you may receive help from an advocate from a Victim Service Program. The following link provides information on local programs that offer help. Read More

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    Pennsylvania Office of Victim Services
  • Additional Resources on Children and Families from PALawHelp.org

    Full listing of resources on legal issues relating to Children and Families appearing on PALawHelp.org Content Detail

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    PALawHELP.org
  • How to File a Petition to Proceed In Forma Pauperis

    This video from Laurel Legal Services provides an explanation of what In Forma Pauperis is - a request to file legal papers without having to pay the filing fee because you cannot afford to pay the fees - and line-by-line instructions on completing a petition to request permission to proceed without paying filing fees. Read More

    By:
    Laurel Legal Services, Inc.
  • Reproductive Health

    Fact sheet from the Youth Justice Project on issues relating to reproductive health including birth control, disease prevention and contraception; pregnancy and teen parenting; counseling; adoption; and abortion. Content Detail

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    Youth Justice Project