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Overview of Key CYF Philosophies, Practices and Procedures

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.

pdf.gif Glossary 
Defines terms common to the child welfare system

pdf.gif 002 – Initial Reports and CYF Response 

pdf.gif 003 - Child Abuse and Abuse or Injury by a School Employee Definition

pdf.gif 004 - Intake Assignments - General Protective Service (GPS) Assessments and Child Protective Service (CPS) Investigations 

pdf.gif 005 - Mandatory Reporting of Suspected Abuse 
pdf.gif 006 – Assessments - Safety and Risk 

pdf.gif 007 – Services for Client Families

pdf.gif 009 – Custody Removals and Out-of-home Placement Considerations

pdf.gif 012 – Parent and Youth Rights

pdf.gif 013 – CYF Client Confidentiality

pdf.gif 015 - Reunification

pdf.gif 016 - Case Closure

pdf.gif 017 - Communications Policies

pdf.gif 018 – Child Welfare Services Administration in Allegheny County
pdf.gif 019 - Advisory Groups