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Child welfare-related publications

Of interest to parents involved in the child welfare system and their extended family 

A Parent's Handbook
This handbook is provided to every family as they enter the child welfare system. It details the rights and responsibilities of the parents, court and child welfare system. It also provides an overview of what can be expected when involved with CYF. (Disponible en español, por debajo.)Choosing an appropriate caregiver, including a care-giving partner, is one of the most important decisions a parent can make. Just because someone is a lover, relative or close friend does not mean they are capable of taking care of a child.

DADS (Dads Assisting Dads) 
This brochure contains information about the program designed to help fathers stay engaged in the lives of their children.

Family Matters 
This booklet contains information about ways family and close family friends can assist their loved ones who are involved in the child welfare system.

Kinship Care in Pa. - Support for Families with Grandparents and Other Kin Raising Children
Published by The Pennsylvania State University, 2005
 

Manual para Padres
Este manual se proporciona a cada familia cuando entran en el sistema de bienestar infantil. Este manual se proporciona a cada familia cuando entran en el sistema de bienestar infantil. En él se detallan los derechos y responsabilidades de los padres, los tribunales y sistema de bienestar infantil. También proporciona una visión general de lo que se puede esperar cuando se involucren con CYF.
 

Of interest to youth involved in the child welfare system 

Know Your Rights - A Guide for Youth in Substitute Care
by the Juvenile Law Center and KidsVoice

World Wide Web Icon Making Health Choices: A Guide on Physchotropic Medications for Youth in Foster Care
Written specifically for youth in foster care, this guide looks at the options available for the treatment of mental health concerns, and the alternatives to psychotropic medications. (En Españolas, por debajo de)

My Life: Stories from Youth in Allegheny County’s Child Welfare System
Young adults who live in foster care face many challenges, particularly as they transition from out-of-home placement to independence. Given the opportunity, youth in the child welfare system offer great insights about how their lives were shaped by the services they received and by the absence of needed services. DHS tapped into this valuable resource and created My Life.

World Wide Web Icon Tomando Decisiones Saludables: Una Guía Sobre Medicamentos Psicotrópicos Para Jóvenes en Cuidado de Crianza
Escrito especialmente para los jóvenes en hogares de guarda, la guía examina las opciones disponibles para el tratamiento de problemas de salud mental, y las alternativas a las medicaciones psicotrópicas.

What's Happening in Dependency Court - An Activity Book for Children Going to Court in Pennsylvania
Young children who are removed from their birth families due to abuse or neglect can find helpful information in this age-appropirate booklet. Foster and kinship parents may find it a useful tool to help children understand what is happening in their lives. Available as a pdf and for order on the Pa. Office of Children and Families in the Courts website.