Child Abuse

CYS (CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES OF CLEARFIELD COUNTY)

The purpose of Clearfield County Children, Youth and Family Services is to protect children and preserve families, assuring their safety and permanent placement. The philosophy of Clearfield County Children, Youth and Family Services is to accept all clients as they are and treat all people with mutual respect.

Clearfield County CYFS shall provide services to empower all families to provide love, shelter and protection for their children outside of any public agency. This agency is committed to maintaining families at all costs, if possible. If it is not possible, then the philosophy is to provide permanency for those children in an alternate permanent setting, preferably a friend or family member.

The agency acts as a catalyst for positive change to assist the family in providing a safe, permanent environment for their children. In all cases, the agency will provide services in the least restrictive setting, preferably the child’s home or in the home of a relative or someone the child is familiar and comfortable with. If placement is necessary, the agency will explore placement, based on the premise that each placement is in the least restrictive setting suitable to meet the child’s needs. Every effort will be exercised to return the child to his parent in the most expeditious manner, contingent on the continued safety of the child.

CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER OF CLEARFIELD COUNTY

Where Healing Begins

The Child’s Advocacy Center (CAC) is a safe place for kids who may have been abused. The center brings together a team of specially trained professionals who evaluate and investigate cases of child abuse and help children and their families.

CAC’s are designed to be child-focused and reduce stress experienced by child survivors of abuse and their non-offending family members throughout the investigation and intervention process. By focusing first on the needs of children and their families, CAC’s ensure that many important services are provided while improving the quality of investigations.

CAC’s follow national guidelines developed by the National Children’s Alliance. CAC’s participate in intensive training, on-going peer reviews and a mentorship program to ensure that a high-quality, child-sensitive approach is maintained. CAC’s partner with legal entities and other community agencies to help ensure accountability of offenders. We offer education and training to promote community awareness and safety.

The Center is designed with children and families in mind. Many of our services are provided in the comfort and convenience of our child-friendly location. Each space is specifically designed to promote comfort and safety.

Services may include:

Multidisciplinary Team
Advocacy
Child Forensic Interviews
Mental Health Services
Medical Services
Outreach and Training