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Of interest to children and youth (below)

Of interest to parents

pdf.gif 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.

pdf.gif Choose Your Partner Carefully - Your Baby is Counting on You (brochure) 
pdf.gif Choose Your Caregiver Carefully - Your Baby is Counting on You (brochure)  
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.  This brochure gives some tips to help you choose a safe caregiver for your child. 

pdf.gif Elige a tu pareja atentamente – tu bebé depende de ti (folleto)  
pdf.gif Elige a tu proveedor de cuidado atentamente – tu bebé depende de ti (folleto)  
La elección de un proveedor de cuidado apropiado, incluyendo a un cónyuge que provee cuidado, es una de las decisiones más importantes que un padre o una madre puede hacer. Sólo porque alguien es un amante, pariente, o buen amigo no quiere decir que la persona se puede cuidar bien a los niños. Este folleto da algunos consejos para ayudarle a elegir un socio que tendrá buen cuidado de su hijo.

Home Alone - Is your child ready?
Helps parents think about all the factors that are important when deciding if a child is ready to be left home alone. (Disponible en español, por debajo)

Helps parents think about all the factors that are important when deciding if a child is ready to be left home alone. (Disponible en español, por debajo)

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

pdf.gif 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.
 

Safe Sleep ActionAlert
Infants and children one year of age and younger are particularly vulnerable to injury and death when safe sleep practices are not followed. DHS issued the pdf.gif ActionAlert - Safe Sleep Education and the pdf.gif Safe Sleep Leave-behind Flyer to inform staff and caregivers about these dangers and how to reduce them. 

Safe Start Parent Pages
These one-page documents contain tips for parents.

pdf.gif Bedtime Battles
pdf.gif Building a Relationship with your Child's Teacher
pdf.gif Consistency
pdf.gif Creating Attitutes of Gratitude
pdf.gif Dealing with Death for a Small Child
pdf.gif Does My Child Need Help?
pdf.gif Halloween is Scary!
pdf.gif Hands Are Not for Hitting
pdf.gif Helping a Child Deal with Angry Feelings
pdf.gif Holidays are Fun and Sometimes Overwhelming! 
pdf.gif I'm Bigger Now, I am Four
pdf.gif I'm Three, Oh My!
pdf.gif I'm Two, Wow!
pdf.gif Kindergarten Readiness
pdf.gif Morning Arrival and Evening Pick-up/ Social Skill Practice
pdf.gif Nighttime Fears
pdf.gif Nurturing Ideas
pdf.gif Paying Attention
pdf.gif Problem Solving Ideas
pdf.gif Transitions
pdf.gif What Parents Can do to Decrease Exposure to Media Violence
pdf.gif Why Telling A Child To “Be Good” Sometimes Doesn’t Work 

Solo en casa – ¿Estu listo tu hijo?
Ayuda a los padres pensar en todos los factores que son importantes al decidir si un niño está listo para ser dejado solo en casa
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pdf.gif Taking Charge of your Child's Mental Health -- A Parent's Guide 
Provided to help parents make informed decisions about a child's mental health, to relieve some of the confusion and to learn about the voluntary treatment and the accessible, culturally competent, integrated and comprehensive human services available to help meet the mental health needs of your child.

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

Of interest to children and youth

PDF Icon Foster Club 2011 Yearbook 

It’s All About U
It’s All About U is a campaign designed to educate children, school staff, families, and the Allegheny County community about the importance of mental health and the role stigma plays in preventing not only treatment but simple dialog about how we feel. The campaign was administered by the county’s Community Connections for Families (CCF) program. In 2001, the campaign was piloted in five schools.  

pdf.gif Free "How Do You Feel?" coloring book for kids
pdf.gif Free "Explore Your Feelings" coloring book for kids

pdf.gif 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