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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
  • Medical Consent: A New Tool for Grandparents and Others Caring for Children

    Information from the SeniorLAW Center on the Medical Consent Act, which allows a parent or legal custodian to authorize another person to consent to medical, dental or mental health care for children by completing and signing a simple document. Content Detail

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    SeniorLAW Center (Philadelphia)
  • 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

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    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

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    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

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    Supervised Visitation Task Force
  • Information on the Legal Rights Available to Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence in the United States and Facts about Immigrating on a Marriage-Based Visa

    This fact sheet from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will explain domestic violence and inform immigrants of their legal rights in the United States. Content Detail

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    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • 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

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    PALawHELP.org
  • Changing Your Name

    MidPenn Legal Services provides information and a self-help packet for changing your name in Pennsylvania. The packet of forms is available in PDF format below. Read More

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    MidPenn Legal Services
  • Emancipation of Minors

    General informational on issues surrounding emancipation from Northwestern Legal Services, including school attendance and residency, medical consent, parental liability, public assistance benefits and support for minors. A Continuous Residence and Support Oath affidavit is available in PDF Format. See the explanation on use of this form in the text of this article. Read More

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Emancipation of Minors

    Informational Brochure from MidPenn Legal Services on the emancipation of minors. Read More

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    MidPenn Legal Services