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The Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF) has released Policy Clarification #3490-21-05 that includes a “Quick Reference Guide.” This Policy Clarification addresses questions surrounding the completion of Child Protective Services investigations when law enforcement officials request a delay of notification pursuant to §§ 6368 (l) (relating to notice of investigation) and (m) (relating to delay of notification) of the Child Protective Services Law.

Questions regarding this Policy Clarification may be directed to your applicable OCYF Regional Office or to Erik Walters, Human Services Analyst in OCYF’s Bureau of Policy, Programs. and Operations. You can also contact RCPA Children’s Policy Director Jim Sharp.

The Department of Human Services’ Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF) has submitted Pennsylvania’s Family First Five-Year Prevention Services Plan to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) for approval of the Pa. plan. At this time, the plan has not been approved by ACF, and RCPA will continue to update members as OCYF receives feedback from ACF and works towards finalization of the plan.

Please feel free to reach out to RCPA Children’s Policy Director Jim Sharp with any questions.

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Attached please find the Office of Children, Youth, and Families (OCYF) Bulletin 3130-21-01 entitled “Appointment of Legal Counsel for a Child in Contested Termination of Parental Rights Hearing.” This bulletin provides guidance on a Supreme Court decision regarding requirements for the appointment of legal counsel for a child in a contested termination of parental rights hearing.

The requirements outlined within this bulletin are effective immediately. Questions regarding this bulletin or the requirements may be directed to your applicable OCYF regional office. Please contact RCPA Children’s Division Director Jim Sharp for any clarification.

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The Pennsylvania Office of Children, Youth, and Families (OCYF) has issued updated general guidance reflecting the Governor’s and Secretary of Health’s COVID-19 Mitigation Orders and how they will impact services offered to children, youth, and families served by counties and providers licensed by the Department of Human Services (DHS), Office of Children, Youth, and Families.

This guidance replaces the guidance previously issued on June 5, 2020 that was based on the Governor’s strategic three-phased approach (red/yellow/green) to reopen the commonwealth and ongoing mitigation efforts to limit the community spread of COVID-19.

The guidance can be found here.

These safety precautions, including social distancing and building safety protocols, shall be followed for the purpose of minimizing the spread of COVID-19:

      • In-person contact, as required by the Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) for Child Protective Services (CPS) and general protective services (GPS) investigations, will continue with strict safety precautions that comply with Department of Health (DOH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance;
      • Telework is mandatory unless impossible;
      • Previously issued DOH guidance for universal precautions applies;
      • All agencies with in-person operations must follow business and building safety orders;
      • Agencies must follow the most recent orders and guidelines to include masking requirements, travel restrictions, and continued social distancing requirements; and
      • All agencies must screen employees prior to each shift, or for employees who don’t work shifts, before the employee starts work. Visitors should be screened prior to entering the building for visitation. When children return from home visits, screening protocols should be in place to assess for the need to quarantine (See the Symptom Screening Tool).

Visitation requirements for child residential facilities, child and youth agencies, foster care agencies, and adoption agencies:

      • Visitation frequency and type (in-person/virtual) will continue to be directed by the Court for Children under their jurisdiction. All in-person visitation should consider the unique needs of the child, youth, or family and follow the Governor’s orders and updated DOH protocols.

Please contact RCPA Children’s Division Director Jim Sharp with any questions or clarifications.

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The Office of Children, Youth, and Families (OCYF) intends to commence the implementation of the standardized time study reporting process in 2021. This process was supposed to be implemented in 2020 but was delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The original notice sent on April 20, 2020 that announced the delay can be viewed here.

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The Office of Children, Youth, and Families (OCYF) has released a special transmittal titled “Initial and Ongoing Approval of Foster Family Homes During the COVID-19 Pandemic”. It consolidates and releases guidance to public and private children and youth social service agencies regarding the initial and ongoing approval of foster family homes during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

For further information, please visit the links below.

“Initial and Ongoing Approval of Foster Family Homes During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Certificate of Approval

Please contact your OCYF regional office with any questions.