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.
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.
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.
∑ 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.
∑ 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.
∑ 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.
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
Head Start†††††††††††††††† †††††††††† †††††††††††† 814-445-9628
††††††††††† Boswell†††††††††† †††††††††† †††††††††††† 814-629-5147
††††††††††† 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
& 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
State Health Center††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 814-445-7981
Suicide Prevention Hotline††††††††††† 1-800-784-2433
Tableland Services†† †††††††††† ††††††††††† 814-445-9628
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.
Children and Youth Services
Charles Crimone, Director
Monday - Friday,
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM