The following are Rights and Responsibilities for You, Your Child, and Your Caseworker.It will explain what you need to do and what this Agency is responsible for doing.

 

PARENTíS RIGHTS

 

YOU WILL RECEIVE:

        An explanation for the reasons your family is involved with CYS and the referral allegations.

        The opportunity to plan and develop a Family Service Plan (FSP) identifying goals and/or responsibilities, and a review of the plan every 6 months.

        Notice of and information regarding any court proceedings and/or actions, if occurring.

        A caseworker available to answer your questions.

        Professional treatment, respect, and service.

        Privacy and confidentiality regarding your case.

        An attorney to represent you, if you qualify.

 

IF YOUR CHILD IS IN OUT OF HOME CARE, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO:

        Visits, telephone calls, and mail, unless restricted by Court Order.

        Attend medical appointments with your child.

        Be consulted about decisions regarding your childís participation in:Education and Individualized Education Plan, Medical Treatment, Religion, Activities, and Travel.

        Have your child returned to you providing that the goals of the Child Permanency Plan (CPP) have been met and the Court decides that it is in the best interest of your child.

 

PARENTíS RESPONSIBILITIES

 

IF YOUR CHILD IS IN

OUT OF HOME CARE:

        Attend hearings.

        Keep in contact/visit with your child.

        Work to complete your CPP goals.

        Work with your caseworker and inform them of any changes in your situation, i.e. household members, schedule, address, and phone number.

        You may be asked to contribute to the cost for your childís out of home care.

        Treat others with respect.

        Obey any Court Orders.

        Keep all appointments and notify your caseworker if you need to make other arrangements or you must cancel appointments or visits.

 

If you have additional concerns regarding case management for your family after talking with your caseworker, please contact your casework supervisor.If you still have questions or concerns, please contact the Agency Director.

 

 

 

CHILDíS RIGHTS

 

        To be free from abuse and risk of personal harm, regardless of whom you live with or where you live.

        To be included in developing the goals in the FSP.

        To receive an appropriate education.

        To receive medical, dental, and psychological care.

        To have a permanent home, adequate food, and clothing.

        To receive Independent Living Services, if eligible.

        To receive regular visits from your caseworker.

 

IF YOU ARE IN OUT OF HOME PLACEMENT, YOU ALSO

HAVE THE RIGHT TO:

        Relative or kinship care, if possible and approved by CYS/Court.

        Placement within your school district or community, when possible.

        Visits or contact with your family, unless restricted by Court Order.

        Practice your religion.

        File a grievance if you believe your rights have been violated.

 

CHILDíS RESPONSIBILITIES

 

        Work to complete your FSP goals, or if you are in placement, to complete your CPP goals.

        Treat others with respect.

        Obey any Court Orders.

        Keep all appointments.

AGENCY RESPONSIBILITIES

 

        Assess and assure the safety of your child(ren).

        Assign a caseworker to assess your needs and manage services for your family.

        Involve you in the development of your FSP.

        Maintain your privacy and confidentiality.

        Report and investigate suspected abuse/neglect.

        Report progress made to the Court, if necessary.

        Inform you of Court appointments, if scheduled.

        Make permanency plans for your child who is in out of home care.

        Arrange visits for you and your child that is in out of home care unless restricted by Court Order.

        Treat you with respect.

        Assist with coordination of transportation services.

        Return phone calls as soon as possible.

 

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

 

Accessline†††††††††††††††††††††††† ††† ††††††††††† 1-800-452-0218

 

Adult & Juvenile Probation†† ††††††††††† 814-445-1600

 

Bedford-Somerset MH/MR†† †††††††††† 814-443-4891

 

Birthright†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† 814-445-9300

 

CareerLink†††††††††††††††† †††††††††† †††††††††††† 814-445-4161

 

Child Care Information Services†††† 814-445-9260

 

ChildLine†††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††† 1-800-932-0313

 

Children & Youth Services†† ††††††††††† 814-445-1661

 

CHIP†††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††† 1-800-986-KIDS

 

County Assistance Office††††† †††††††††† 814-443-3681

 

Head Start†††††††††††††††† †††††††††† †††††††††††† 814-445-9628

 

Housing Authority:

††††††††††† Boswell†††††††††† †††††††††† †††††††††††† 814-629-5147

††††††††††† Boswell Heights†† †††††††††††††††† 814-629-7148

††††††††††† Windber†††††††† †††††††††† †††††††††††† 814-467-6157

††††††††††† Section 8††††††† †††††††††† †††††††††††† 814-629-7366

 

Intermediate Unit 8††† †††††††††† †††††††††††† 814-940-0223

 

Legal Aid†††††††††††††††††† †††††††††† †††††††††††† 814-445-7585

 

Meyersdale Medical Center†† †††††††† 814-634-5911

 

 

National Center for Missing †††††††††† 1-800-843-5678

& Exploited Children†††††††††††† ††††††

 

Next Step Center†††††††††††††††††† †††††††††† 814-444-8588

 

PA State Police††††††† †††††††††† †††††††††††† 814-445-4104

 

Planned Parenthood ††††††††† 814-443-6549

 

Poison Control Center††††††††† ††††††† ††† 1-800-222-1222

 

Salvation Army††††††††† †††††††††† ††††††††††† 814-443-9232

 

Somerset Drugn††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† 814-445-1530

& Alcohol Commission

 

Somerset Hospital††† †††††††††† †††††††††††† 814-443-5000

 

State Health Center††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 814-445-7981

 

Suicide Prevention Hotline††††††††††† 1-800-784-2433

 

Tableland Services†† †††††††††† ††††††††††† 814-445-9628

 

Twin Lakes††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† 814-443-3639

 

Victim Services††††††††††††††††††† 814-443-1555

 

WIC†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††† †††††††††††† 814-443-1901

 

Windber Medical Center†††††† †††††††††† 814-467-3000

 

Womenís Help Center††††††††† ††††††††††† 814-443-2824

 

 

WHAT IS A FAMILY SERVICE PLAN (FSP)?

 

††††††††††† A Family Service Plan contains Goals and Actions for family members to complete to keep their children safe.It also lists community and agency services which can help the family accomplish those goals.An FSP must be reviewed at least every 6 months.

 

 

WHAT IS A CHILD PERMANENCY PLAN (CPP)?

 

††††††††††† A Child Permanency Plan is a Goal Plan developed only when a child enters placement.It identifies goals for reunification and is sent to the Court for review. A CPP is reviewed at least every 6 months.

 

 

WHAT IS A SAFETY PLAN?

 

††††††††††† A Safety Plan is a document that identifies the immediate steps that must be taken for a child or children to remain safe in their current familyís living situation.A safety plan may be changed as often as necessary if there are risks to the children.

 

 

 

 

Somerset County

Children and Youth Services

300 North Center Avenue, Suite 220

Somerset, PA15501

814-445-1661

 

Charles Crimone, Director

crimonec@co.somerset.pa.us

814-445-1612

 

Office hours:

Monday - Friday,

8:30 AM - 4:00 PM