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Lebanon PA 17046
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past four years, it has been an honor and a privilege to represent
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contributed greatly to PA politics; born
in 1930, died
November 12, 2008.
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Children & Youth
"What's done to children, they will do to society."
James Holtry is the Executive Director of this unit. The office is
located in room 401 of the Municipal Building,
400 S. 8th St., Lebanon PA 17042. Phone 274-2801, extension 2304.
Referrals come from schools, police, hospitals, citizens, agencies....
An Intake/CPS Unit investigates, validates, and develops a treatment plan to
close the case, or refer to a group home unit, foster care/institutional
unit, or protective services. An Intake/CPS Unit must investigate child
abuse cases within 24 hours and make final disposition within 30 days.
General intakes are typically investigated with 48-72 hours and final
disposition within 30 days.
An agency counselor provides secondary services to both individuals and
families for active cases of the agency in all units. The Counselor also
provides group therapy, victim groups, independent living groups, and
parenting courses. Outside referrals for counseling are not accepted.
If your child is placed in
Foster Care, take note! There is a new federal law called the Adoption and
Safe Families Act of 1997. This new law requires big changes in the ways
Children and Youth works with you and your family. This new law applies to
you even if you asked Children and Youth to place your child in a home away
The new federal law sets strict limits and deadlines that
you must meet. You need to think long,
hard & seriously about the consequences of:
missing meetings with your child's social workers;
missing visits with your children;
missing scheduled hearings in Family Court;
delaying solving the family problems that led to your
children's living away from home.
The consequences may be that your parental rights will be
terminated without your agreement, and your children placed for adoption.
You likely know while your children are living away from
home, you should be working with your social workers. You know you need to
make changes in the ways you care for your children. This may mean making
big changes in your own life.
Under the new law, parents are required
to take responsibility for making those changes in a limited amount of time.
Children & Youth is also required to do things differently
under this new law. When a child is placed away from home, there will be
hearings in Family Court. These hearings will determine if your child will
remain away from your home and when or if your child can go home.
Permanency means your child must be able to expect a
decision about where and with whom he or she will live. The new law allows
only 12 months -one year- before that decision is made by Family Court.
At the permanency hearing, there must be a decision at that
whether and when a child will be returned home, or
placed for adoption, or
referred for legal guardianship, or
placed in another permanent living arrangement.
Whether your child or children will return home will depend
upon whether you have made the necessary changes in your life and how you
plan to take care of your children.
If you haven't made needed changes
and your child has been in foster care or in another living arrangement for
15 of the past 22 months, your parental rights could be terminated by Family
Court. Your child or children may then be placed for adoption.
What kinds of problems should
you work on?
You must work with your social workers to solve the problems
that led to your children going to live with relatives or a foster family.
These may be problems like:
drug or alcohol abuse, or
beating your children, or
not taking care of your children's need for food or a
The important thing to remember is that you do not have much
time to solve these problems. Children & Youth will work with you and
provide services to help you resolve your problems.
The new law requires you show you have solved, or nearly
solved, these problems within one year of your child's going into foster
care or other living arrangement. If you cannot do this, your child may be
placed for adoption.
You may not be able to have
your children returned to you if:
an infant is abandoned;
you have involuntarily lost parental rights to another
child of yours;
you have murdered one of your children;
you have helped someone else kill one of your children;
you have hurt one of your children so badly that you have
been convicted of a felony assault;
your actions have resulted in serious bodily injury to any
of your children;
you fail to stay involved with your child for six months.