Every family that becomes involved with the Dependency Court System does so for a reason.

You might be asking, what is the Dependency Court System? Cases come to court when Children and Youth Services files a petition, paperwork alleging a child is without proper parental care and control. You can learn more about the Dependency Court System by clicking on the resources on the right side of the page.

Whatever the situation may be, the goal is to ensure your children can return home and live there safely and happily. It may feel like everyone is working against you, but that could not be further from the truth. The process can seem confusing, but everyone involved has the best interests of your children in mind.


A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the Pennsylvania Dependency System is a very helpful video. Click here to view the video.