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Children's Services

The memorandum “Guidance Regarding Maintaining Confidentiality When Sharing Information With Schools” is being issued to advise County Children and Youth Agencies (CCYAs) about information sharing with Local Education Agencies (LEAs).

As of this date, CCYAs are advised to utilize the Placement Notification Form to notify LEAs of a student’s entry into foster care or change in foster care placement. CCYAs should NOT provide court orders, adoption decrees, resource parent stipend amounts, the name of a person who reported abuse or neglect of a child, the substance use history and treatment of a student (without a signed specific release form), or other information that is not relevant to the academic needs, safety, or well-being of the student. The information should only be disclosed to the individuals providing support to the child.

If you have any questions or concerns related to the education of children served by OCYF, please contact OCYF via email, contact the appropriate regional office, or contact RCPA Children’s Director Jim Sharp.

Thanks to accessiBe, RCPA’s websites are now more accessible to individuals with disabilities! Their accessibility tool is free to most nonprofits. It lets your end users tailor your websites for multiple different special needs, by selecting various settings for both accessibility and content. To see the options available, click or tap on the round accessibility widget in the bottom left corner of your screen!

The Training for Adoption Competency (TAC) program is a post-Master’s curriculum created by the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.). It is a comprehensive, evidence-based training designed exclusively for licensed mental health professionals, providing knowledge and skills needed to effectively serve the adoption and kinship network. TAC is designed to increase families’ and individual’s access to adoption competent mental health professionals and to improve the well-being of adopted children, youth, and their families.

Licensed clinicians throughout the state are invited to participate in this training program. The next TAC training is scheduled to begin May 11, 2022, and is a virtual training.

Please view the flyer for more information.

2022 Virtual Everyday Lives Conference
An Everyday Life in a Changing World: A Focus on Wellness and Resilience

The Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs invites you to register for the 2022 Virtual Everyday Lives Conference! The Everyday Lives Conference seeks to provide valuable information to individuals with an intellectual disability and/or autism, their families, and support professionals to help empower individuals to live their ideal everyday lives.

Registration
The conference is free for individuals and families and $50 for professionals. Registration allows access to all virtual conference sessions. To register online, go to the Everyday Lives website and visit the Registration tab.

Conference Lineup
The conference lineup, including presenters and presentation topics, is now available to view under the Schedule tab.

Conference Dates and Tracks

May 17, 2022
Communication and Connection

May 24–25, 2022
Community of Practice for Supporting Families
Regional Collaborative Summit

June 1, 2022
Supportive Technology

June 8–9, 2022
Dual Diagnosis

June 16, 2022
Employment