Greene County Children & Youth Services (CYS), Department of Human Services for Greene County Government, Pennsylvania




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COMMON SIGNS OF ABUSE:
ELDER ABUSE:
  • Bruises or broken bones
  • Weight loss
  • Memory loss
  • Personality changes
  • Social isolation
  • Changes in banking habits
  • Giving away assets such as money, property, etc.

CHILD ABUSE:
  • Unexplained injuries
  • Visible signs of physical abuse (unexplained burns or bruises in the shape of objects)
  • Unconvincing explanations of a child's injuries
  • Changes in behavior
  • Fear of going home
  • Changes in school performance & attendance
  • Lack of personal care or hygiene
  • Abuse can lead to many changes in a child's behavior.

CYS QUOTES:
— No child should be abused, no matter whether it's physical, emotional, or otherwise. If you know of an abuse or neglected child, contact us today!

— Every child has the right to grow up in a permanent home. We can help make that possible!

— Kids should be free to be kids. We believe this should be true for all children in Greene County, PA

— Are you searching for a (foster) child to add to your home? Contact us today to get started!

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Children and Youth Services (CYS)
Greene County Commissioners: Blair Zimmerman—Chairman,
Dave Coder—Vice Chairman, and Archie Trader—Secretary


Contact Person: Stacey Courtwright, Acting Director Children and Youth

Fort Jackson Building, Room 201
19 South Washington Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-852-5217 / Toll free: 800-932-0313 or 888-317-7106
24 Hour Emergency Calls – Call 911
Fax: 724-627-6630 / On-Call beeper 911

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m., Monday—Friday

Mandated Reporting:
Who qualifies as a Mandated Reporter?

A person who, in the course of their employment, occupation or practice of a profession, comes into contact with children shall report or cause a report to be made in accordance with section 6313 when the person has reasonable cause to suspect, on the basis of their medical, professional or other training and experience, that a child under the care, supervision, guidance or training of that person or of an agency, institution, organization or other entity with which that person is affiliated (Act 179 a/o May 2007) is a victim of child abuse, including child abuse by an individual who is not a perpetrator, shall report or cause a report to be made in accordance with section 6313.
  • Except with respect to confidential communications made to a member of the clergy which are protected under 42 PA.C.S. § 5943 (relating to confidential communications to clergymen), and except with respect to confidential communications made to an attorney which are protected by 42 PA.C.S. § 5916 (relating to confidential to attorney) or 5928 (relating to confidential to attorney), (Act 179 a/o May 2007) the privileged communication any professional person required to report and the patient or client of that person shall not apply to situations involving child abuse and shall not constitute grounds for failure to report as required by this chapter.
Persons required to report include:
  • A licensed physician, medical examiner, coroner, funeral director, dentist, optometrist, osteopath, chiropractor, psychologist, podiatrist, intern, registered nurse or licensed practical nurse.
  • Hospital personnel engaged in the admission, examination, care or treatment of persons.
  • A Christian Science practitioner, member of the clergy, school administrator, school teacher, school nurse, social services worker, day care center worker or another child care or foster care worker, mental health professional, peace officer or law enforcement official.
Recent legislation regarding Mandated Reports:
  • Click HERE for Mandated Reporters brochure
  • Click HERE for Pa. Act 126 as of July 2012 (PUBLIC SCHOOL CODE OF 1949 - CHILD ABUSE RECOGNITION AND REPORTING TRAINING)
  • Click HERE for Pa. Act 146 as of May 2007 (TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS)
  • Click HERE for Pa. Act 179 as of May 2007 (CRIMES CODE)
Report Abuse:
  • Child Abuse: To report child abuse, call 1-800-932-0313; mandated reporters can report online.
    Learn more about protection Pennsylvania's children from abuse and neglect.
  • Elder Abuse & Adults with Disabilities Abuse: To report abuse of elderly individuals or adults with disabilities, call the Protective Services Hotline at 1-800-490-8505.
    Learn more about reporting elder abouse and abouse of adults with disabilities.
Protective Services Law:
Under the Child Protective Services Law, Child Abuse is defined as the following:
  • Any recent act or failure to act by a perpetrator which causes non-accidental serious physical injury to a child under the age of 18.
  • Any act or failure to act by a perpetrator which causes non accidental serious mental injury, sexual abuse or sexual exploitation of a child under the age of 18.
  • Any recent act, failure to act or series of such acts or failures to act by a perpetrator which creates an imminent risk of serious physical injury to or sexual abuse or sexual exploitation of a child under the age of 18.
  • Serious physical neglect by a perpetrator constituting prolonged or repeated lack of supervision or the failure to provide essentials of life including adequate medical care, which endangers a child’s life or development or impairs the child's functioning.

CYS Mission:
The mission of Greene County Children and Youth Services is to provide for the immediate safety and protection of children from abuse and neglect, to keep children with their own families whenever possible, to provide temporary substitutive care of children when necessary and to reunite children with their families as quickly as possible after placement.

Goals and Guidance:
  • Child Safety: Children are, first and foremost, protected from abuse and neglect. Child safety and well-being are best provided in the context of the family. Protection is provided through the assurance of a safe nurturing family environment that provides for the individualized needs of each child.

  • Permanency: Children deserve a permanent family. The agency will preserve and strengthen the family whenever possible. If the unity of family cannot be maintained, the agency will seek a permanent family for the child.

  • Child & Family Well-Being: A child’s physical and emotional needs can best be met by their family. The agency will partner with the family and community to identify and grow resources to meet basic needs of the child.
Intake Services:
(Information coming soon) Please check back


Foster Care:
Click HERE for the Foster Care Information flyer.
 
Placement Services:
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Adoption:
(Information coming soon) Please check back

PA Safe Haven:
Safe Haven gives mothers a safe, legal, and confidential alternative to abandoning their baby. A safe haven is necessary for young girls and women who might be hiding their pregnancies or aren't ready to be mothers are often scared, and don't know where to turn. Out of fear or shame, some mothers abandon their baby hours after birth. Safe Haven gives parents an option that is both legal for the parents and safe for their child.

Since Safe Haven's inception in Pennsylvania, 33 newborns have been relinquished to hospitals and subsequently adopted. Click HERE for the Fact Sheet on Pa's Safe Haven Law.

Family Group Decision Making:
What is Family Group Decision Making (FGDM)?

Families being in charge of their own lives

FGDM empowers families to invest in their own strengths
and energy in order to create a workable plan

— VS —

Professionals developing a plan and the family
not being able to make it work in their daily lives

With the help of the FGDM Coordinator,
your family has a one-time meeting with relatives,
friends and other support persons in a
FGDM Conference in order to create a plan
for the best interest of your child/children.

If your family is involved with Greene County
Children & Youth Services or Juvenile Probation,
FGDM may be helpful to you.

For brochure on Family Group Decision Making,
please click HERE.

Family Center:
Greene County Family Center Services are available to CYS individuals and families. For more information on Family Center Services, click HERE.
 
Truancy:
(Information coming soon) Please check back


Independent Living:
The Greene County Independent Living Program is designed to assist participants who were placed in substitute care on or after his/her 16th birthday, or adopted after age 16, in practical skills and knowledge that is necessary to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. This overall goal will be met through:
  • Assessment
  • Case planning
  • Stipends
  • Hands-on life skill training
  • Education/career planning
  • Housing
  • Prevention and wellness
  • Mentoring with Program staff

Housing:
Greene County Housing Outreach and Assessment Services are available to CYS individuals and families. For more information on housing, click HERE.


PA Children’s Roundtable:
(Information coming soon) Please check back



Children and Youth Advisory Board:
The CYS Advisory Board advises the County Board of Commissioners and the administration of CYS on the needs, budget, and resources for the provision of services in the county. It is mandated by Section 3130 of the Pennsylvania Code. For member listing and meeting dates and times, please click HERE.

Frequently Asked Questions:
    Question 1: Define Child Abuse
    1. The term "child abuse" shall mean any of the following:
      1. Any recent act or failure to act by a perpetrator* which causes non-accidental serious physical injury to a child under 18 years of age.
      2. An act or failure to act by a perpetrator which causes non-accidental serious mental injury to or sexual abuse or sexual exploitation of a child less than 18 years of age.
      3. Any recent act, failure to act or series of such acts or failures to act by a perpetrator which creates an imminent risk of serious physical injury to or sexual abuse or sexual exploitation of a child under 18 years of age.
      4. Serious physical neglect by a perpetrator constituting prolonged or repeated lack of supervision or the failure to provide essentials of life, including adequate medical care, which endangers a child's life or development or impairs the child's functioning.

    2. No child shall be deemed to be physically or mentally abused based on injuries that result solely from environmental factors that are beyond the control of the parent or person responsible for the child's welfare, such as inadequate housing, furnishings, income, clothing and medical care.

    3. If, upon investigation, the county agency determines that a child has not been provided needed medical or surgical care because of seriously held religious beliefs of the child's parents, guardian or person responsible for the child's welfare, which beliefs are consistent with those of a bona fide religion, the child shall not be deemed to be physically or mentally abused. The county agency shall closely monitor the child and shall seek court-ordered medical intervention when the lack of medical or surgical care threatens the child's life or long-term health. In cases involving religious circumstances, all correspondence with a subject of the report and the records of the Department of Public Welfare and the county agency shall not reference "child abuse" and shall acknowledge the religious basis for the child's condition and the family shall be referred for general protective services, if appropriate.


    Question 2: "Define Serious Mental Injury"
    1. A psychological condition, as diagnosed by a physician or licensed psycholo-gist, including the refusal of appropriate treatment, that:
      1. Renders a child chronically and severely anxious, agitated, depressed, socially withdrawn, psychotic or in reasonable fear that the child’s life or safety is threatened; or

      2. Seriously interferes with a child’s ability to accomplish age-appropriate developmental and social tasks.


    Question 3: "Define Physical Injury"
    1. A serious physical injury that:
      1. Causes a child severe pain; or

      2. Significantly impairs a child’s physical functioning, either temporarily or permanently.


    Question 4: “Sexual abuse or exploitation"
    1. Any of the following defines/describes sexual abuse or exploitation:
    2. The employment, use, persuasion, inducement, enticement or coercion of a child to engage in or assist another individual to engage in sexually explicit conduct.

    3. The employment, use, persuasion, inducement, enticement or coercion of a child to engage in or assist another individual to engage in simulation of sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depiction, including photography, videotaping, computer depicting and filming.
      1. Rape.
      2. Sexual assault.
      3. Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.
      4. Aggravated indecent assault.
      5. Molestation.
      6. Incest.
      7. Indecent exposure.
      8. Prostitution.
      9. Sexual abuse.
      10. Sexual exploitation.


    Question 4: “Define Perpetrator"
    1. A perpetrator is a person who has committed child abuse and is a parent of a child, a person responsible for the welfare of a child, an individual residing in the same home as a child or a paramour of a child’s parent.

Children & Youth Services Appreciation Month Proclamation:
Waynesburg — The Greene County Commissioners today proclaimed May as “Children and Youth Services Appreciation Month” to underscore the commitment that Greene County’s Children and Youth Services (CYS) agency has to children and to keeping them safe.

Changes in recent years to the Child Protectives Services Law have significantly expanded the state's definition of child abuse, including clarification of who is to be considered a mandatory reporter as well as who can be defined as an alleged perpetrator of such abuse. Consequently, CYS agencies across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, already overwhelmed with high staff turnover, have experienced an increase in their workloads. State audits of CYS agencies have raised concerns about the burden and demands placed on caseworkers as a result of these greater caseloads added to other stressors already inherent in the nature of child welfare.

"The Greene County Commissioners are actively involved in our own internal assessment and are stepping up recruitment efforts and agency improvements," said Commissioner Blair Zimmerman. “These are hard jobs, but they are vitally important jobs providing opportunities, challenges and competitive salaries for qualified professionals who want to make a positive difference in the lives of children.”

Commissioners Archie Trader and Dave Coder join Zimmerman in recognizing the child welfare staff – administrative, fiscal, social services, casework and management.

"We are grateful for the work they do, behind the scenes, day after day after day, to make the world a better place for our children and families," said Zimmerman.

Currently, the agency has vacant caseworker and supervisory positions. Anyone interested in learning more about applying can visit the county website at co.greene.pa.us or by calling the Human Resources office at 724-852-5200.

Accepting the proclamation from Commissioners Blair Zimmerman and Dave Coder are the employees of the Greene County Children and Youth Services.
Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Proclamations:
  • April 2017 Proclamation:
    Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the month of April 2017 Child Abuse Prevention Month during their April 5 agenda meeting. The proclamation acknowledges that child abuse, in its many forms is a growing family tragedy in Greene County victimizing many of our children each year and urges all county residents to join together to protect our children from the ravages of physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

    Stacy Courtwright, Children and Youth Services administrator, thanked the Greene County Commissioners and Karen Bennett, Human Services administrator for their support. Courtwright also reported that over the past year, CYS investigated or assessed more than 1204 abuse/neglect investigations and general protection services assessments with 729 families involving 1432 children. The abuse/neglect incidents have increased 68% from the previous year, in large part, due to changes in the law that have increased the number of people mandated to report potential child abuse and the expansion of the definition of child abuse.
    "They have one of the toughest jobs in the County," said Commissioner Blair Zimmerman.

    Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Dave Coder; Commissioner Archie Trader; Stacy Courtwright; Pat Lemley, chair of the CYS board; and Commissioner Blair Zimmerman. (April 5, 2017 Proclamation)

  • April 2016 Proclamation:
    Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the month of April 2016 Child Abuse Prevention Month during their April 6 agenda meeting. The proclamation acknowledges that child abuse is the leading cause of out-of-home placements in Greene County, and encourages the community to help protect children from physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

    Stacey Courtwright, Children and Youth Services administrator, thanked the commissioners for their support and reported that in 2015, CYS investigated or assessed more than 1,000 incidents involving more than 650 families and 1,400 children. In the first three months of 2016, CYS has responded to nearly 300 incidents involving more than 230 families and 450 children. Courtwright also noted that her agency has this year handled more than 10 reported cases of babies born with some sort of drugs in their system.

    "None of us knows how tough their jobs are," said Commissioner Blair Zimmerman, noting the high turnover and stress levels of CYS caseworkers. "But we are proud of the jobs they do."

    Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Dave Coder; Stacey Courtwright, CYS director; Commissioner Archie Trader; Pat Lemley, chair of the CYS board; Commissioner Blair Zimmerman; and Karen Bennett, human services administrator. (April 6, 2016 Proclamation)

  • April 2015 Proclamation:
    Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the month of April 2015 Child Abuse Prevention Month during their April 2 regular meeting. The proclamation acknowledges that child abuse is the leading cause of out-of-home placements in Greene County, and encourages the community to help protect children from physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

    Stacey Courtwright, Children and Youth Services administrator, thanked the commissioners for their support and reported that in the first three months of 2015, CYS responded to 292 incidents involving 227 families and 482 children, an increase over last year’s numbers from the same time period.
    Pictured, from l. to r., are Commissioner Chuck Morris; Stacey Courtwright, CYS administrator; Karen Bennett, human services administrator; and Commissioner Archie Trader. (April 2, 2015 Proclamation)

  • April 2014 Proclamation:
    Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the month of April 2014 Child Abuse Prevention Month during their April 3 regular meeting. The proclamation acknowledges that child abuse is the leading cause of out-of-home placements in Greene County, and encourages the community to help protect children from physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

    Stacey Courtwright, Children and Youth Services administrator, thanked the commissioners for their support and reported that in 2013, CYS responded to 699 abuse cases involving 527 families and 1,032 children. In 2014 to date, CYS has responded to 193 abuse cases involving 173 families and 301 children.

    Pictured: from l. to r., are Commissioner Archie Trader; Commissioner Chuck Morris; Stacey Courtwright, CYS administrator; Commissioner Blair Zimmerman; and Karen Bennett, human services administrator. (April 3, 2013 Proclamation)

  • April 2013 Proclamation:
    Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the month of April 2013 Child Abuse Prevention Month at their April 18 regular meeting. The proclamation acknowledges that child abuse is the leading cause of out-of-home placements in Greene County, and encourages the community to help protect children from physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

    Amy Jo Metz, Children and Youth Services intake/abuse caseworker supervisor, thanked the commissioners for their support and reported that during the past year, CYS has responded to 107 reports of child abuse, including 69 physical abuse cases, 37 sexual abuse cases, and one emotional abuse case.

    Pictured: from l. to r., are Commissioner Chuck Morris; Amy Jo Metz, CYS intake/abuse caseworker supervisor; Commissioner Blair Zimmerman, Alyssa Ondash, CYS Caseworker, and Commissioner Archie Trader. (April 18, 2013 Proclamation)

  • April 2012 Proclamation:
    Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the month of April 2012 Child Abuse Prevention Month at their April 12 regular meeting. The proclamation acknowledges that child abuse is the leading cause of out-of-home placements in Greene County, and encourages Greene County residents to assist the county’s Children and Youth Services program and advisory board as they work to protect children from physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

    So far this year, CYS has responded to 27 reports of child abuse, including seven sexual abuse cases. A "Painting for Prevention" mural will be part of the activities at the 18th annual Child Fest April 21 at the Greene County Fairgrounds.

    Pictured: from l. to r., are Commissioner Chuck Morris; Amy Jo Metz, CYS intake/abuse caseworker supervisor; Dee Dee Blosnich, CYS administrator; Commissioner Pam Snyder; and Commissioner Archie Trader. (April 12, 2012 Proclamation)

  • April 2011 Proclamation:
    Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the month of April 2011 Child Abuse Prevention Month at their April 6 agenda meeting. The proclamation acknowledges that child abuse is the leading cause of out-of-home placements in Greene County. The proclamation also encourages Greene County residents to assist the county’s Children and Youth Services program and advisory board as they work to protect children from physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

    In 2010, CYS responded to 76 reports of child abuse, including 46 physical abuse cases and 30 sexual abuse cases. In 2011, the office has already responded to 24 abuse reports, including 17 physical abuse cases and seven sexual abuse cases.

    "That's what keeps us busy — we are trying to keep kids safe everyday," said CYS Administrator Dee Dee Blosnich, who presented the commissioners with blue ribbon pins, the symbol of child abuse prevention. "CYS does everything we can regarding child abuse reports."

    Pictured: from l. to r., are Commissioner Chuck Morris; Amy Jo Metz, CYS intake/abuse supervisor; Blosnich; Commissioner Pam Snyder; and Commissioner Archie Trader. (April 12, 2011 Proclamation)

  • April 2010 Proclamation:
    Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the month of April 2010 Child Abuse Prevention Month at their April 7 agenda meeting. The proclamation encourages Greene County residents to assist the county’s Children and Youth Services program and advisory board as they work to protect children from physical, sexual and emotional abuse. "We are dedicated to trying to eradicate child abuse as much as we can," said Pat Lemley, chair of the CYS advisory board. "Every child deserves to have a safe, happy, loving home."

    Pictured: from l. to r., are Commissioner Dave Coder, Human Services Administrator Karen Bennett, Pat Lemley, Commissioner Pam Snyder, CYS Administrator Dee Dee Blosnich and Commissioner Archie Trader. (April 7, 2010 Proclamation)


  • April 2009 Proclamation:
    Greene County Commissioners proclaimed the month of April 2009 Child Abuse Awareness Month. Amy Jo Metz, Children & Youth Services intake/abuse supervisor, presented the commissioners with blue ribbon lapel pins representing child abuse awareness.

    Pictured: from l. to r., are Commissioner Dave Coder, Human Services Administrator Karen Bennett, CYS Intake/Abuse Supervisor Amy Jo Metz, Commissioner Pam Snyder and Commissioner Archie Trader.







  • April 2008 Proclamation:
    Child Abuse, in its many forms is a growing family tragedy in Greene County, victimizing many of our children each year. It is the leading cause of placement out of the home into substitute care. Therefore, the Greene County Commissioners have proclaimed April 2008 as CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH in Greene County, Pennsylvania. We urge all Greene Countians to join with us to protect our children from the ravages of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Pictured (l to r) are: Commissioners Dave Coder and Archie Trader; Linda Jones, Human Services Advisory Board; Commissioner Pam Snyder; and Michael Schlesinger, Human Services, Children and Youth Services Casework Supervisor.



  • April 2007 Proclamation:
    On behalf of the citizens of Greene County, we the County Commissioners do hereby proclaim April 2007 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Greene County; and ... urge all Greene Countains to join with us to protect our children from the ravages of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.

    Pictured left to right are: Lori Harbert, Children and Youth Director; Commissioner Dave Coder; Pat Lemley; Commissioner Pam Snyder; Dawn Machinak, CYS Intake/Abuse Supervisor; and Commissioner Judy Gardner.

For general information, please contact the Information Services
at 724-852-5399 / Toll Free: 1-888-852-5399
Greene County Office Building, 93 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370


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