Lehigh County: Children & Youth Services
information provided by: Lehigh County Department of Human Services
•Intake & evaluation
•Investigation of reports of suspected abuse and neglect
•Emergency services – 24 hours, 7 days/week
•In-home therapeutic services
Children and Youth Services begin when a parent or a concerned individual contacts the agency for help with a problem that appears to be affecting the care of a child. Intake services assess the problem and determine if continued Children & Youth involvement is required or if the problem can be resolved by referring the family to community resources. Intake services may be short term, but sometimes the problem may be so serious that the family may need more extensive ongoing protective services. Some families are faced with multiple problems including housing, finances, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, mental health, parent/child conflict, and/or child behavior problems that require intensive intervention. Toward the goal of keeping families together, a variety of in-home counseling and support services may be provided to these families. Frequently, the County and community agencies work together in developing and carrying out the best plan to help families solve the problems that are affecting their children. As a last resort, the agency is required to provide an out-of-home placement for children who are at serious risk of harm and cannot be protected in their own homes. Other family members or family friends may be asked to be temporary caretakers for the child until he/she can return home.
In situations that preclude family reunification, a permanent plan, including adoption, is developed.
Record last updated: May 21 2009 8:44AM
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