Clarion County Children & Youth Services focuses its services on child protective services and general protective services such as truancy and unkempt houses. The child care services is split between ongoing services and intake services which places children into foster care. CYS Director Todd Kline reported approximately 90% of children placed into foster care are in house.
The primary goal of Clarion County CYS is keeping children safe and keep them in their home. If a situation worsens and the child(ren) are placed into a foster home for their own safety, the goal changes to reunification with the family. With that, families are provided with services at no charge to adjust or correct what caused the separation. If goals cannot or have not been meet by a certain time frame, the court system can make a recommendation for permanency of a new home for those in foster care.
Clarion County contracts Justice Works to provide ongoing services, parenting services and other in home services.
CYS has a caseworker on-call 24/7 which can be contacted through 9-1-1.
If child abuse is suspected, people are encouraged to report information to ChildLine at 1 (800) 932-0313.
Mandated Reporters can report electronically through the Child Welfare Portal
For more information visit the Keep Kids Safe website.
A trained specialist will ask for general information regarding the purpose of the call:
- Name and physical description of the child
- Age or approximate age range of the child
- Name, home address and telephone number of legal guardian or parent of the child
- Name or physical description of suspected child abuse perpetrator
- Home address and telephone number of suspected child abuse perpetrator
- Suspected perpetrator’s relationship to the child
- Description of the suspected injury to the child
- Where the incident took place or occurred
- Any concern for the child's immediate safety
- Your relationship to the child
- Your contact information, although you may report anonymously if you are a permissive reporter
For families or individuals interested in adoption, visit the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network.