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OCYF Bulletin: Juvenile Sex Offender Registration Process
September 16, 2014

The Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF) has issued a new bulletin: Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act Relating to the Registration of Juvenile Offenders. The purpose of the bulletin is to provide guidance on requirements of Acts 111 and 91 and guide the registration process for juvenile offenders. The passage of Act 111 of 2011 and Act 91 brought Pennsylvania into compliance with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), provisions of the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. SORNA provides minimum standards for sex offender registration and notification in the US. These laws revised registration and community notification requirements for sexual offenders under Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law. Youth who are adjudicated delinquent in Pennsylvania for rape; involuntary deviate sexual intercourse; aggravated indecent assault; or the attempt, solicitation, or conspiracy to commit any of these offenses; committed when the youth was age 14 or older, fall within the definition of “juvenile offender.” These SORNA requirements may impact youth placed in residential facilities licensed under Title 55 Pa. Code Chapter 3800 and in foster family homes approved by department-licensed county children and youth agencies. This bulletin provides a basic explanation of the registration process for juvenile offenders for programs and agencies that provide care for children. 

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