The Pennsylvania child welfare system, also known as the Child Youth and Families (CYF) agency, is responsible for protecting children who have been abused or neglected. If the CYF agency believes that a child is at risk, they may initiate a dependency action, which can result in the child being removed from their home and placed in foster care.
Dependency proceedings in Pennsylvania can be complex and overwhelming. If you or someone you know is facing a dependency action, it is important to have an experienced attorney by your side.
At the start of the dependency process, the CYF agency will file a petition with the court, alleging that the child is dependent. The child's parents will have an opportunity to respond to the petition, either through their attorney or on their own.
If the court finds that the child is dependent, it will hold a dispositional hearing to determine the appropriate course of action. This may include placing the child in foster care, ordering the parents to complete a treatment plan, or granting custody of the child to another family member.
Throughout the dependency process, the goal is to reunify the child with their parents if it is in their best interests. The court will hold periodic reviews to monitor the progress of the case and to ensure that the child's best interests are being served.
It is important to have an experienced CYF and dependency attorney by your side throughout the entire process. Our firm has the knowledge and experience to help you navigate the complex legal system in Pennsylvania, and to fight for your rights and the best interests of your child. Contact Us today for a free consultation."