The following documents give a detailed overview of the philosophies, practices and procedures used by the DHS Office of Children, Youth and Families as they provide services to children and families of Allegheny County. The information is presented as general background. Because of the nature of child welfare, family situations often necessitate flexibility in the way we accomplish our goal of keeping families strong and children safe. Missing documents are being updated and will be posted at a later date.
Glossary Defines terms common to the child welfare system 002 – Initial Reports and CYF Response 003 - Child Abuse and Abuse or Injury by a School Employee Definition 004 - Intake Assignments - General Protective Service (GPS) Assessments and Child Protective Service (CPS) Investigations 005 - Mandatory Reporting of Suspected Abuse 006 – Assessments - Safety and Risk 007 – Services for Client Families 009 – Custody Removals and Out-of-home Placement Considerations 012 – Parent and Youth Rights 013 – CYF Client Confidentiality 015 - Reunification 016 - Case Closure 017 - Communications Policies 018 – Child Welfare Services Administration in Allegheny County 019 - Advisory Groups