Children & Youth Services
Children and Youth Services (CYS) investigates all allegations of child abuse and neglect, as mandated by state law, including allegations of intra-familial child sexual abuse. In all cases, the mission of CYS is to provide for the immediate safety and protection of children, to keep children with their own families whenever possible, to provide temporary, substitute care for children when necessary and to reunite children with their families as quickly as possible after placement.
CYS provides a wide range of services to abused and neglected children from birth to age 18, and their families. CYS also provides services to adolescents who are at severe risk due to their behavior or that of their parent. Services include:
Two regional CYS offices serve Delaware County families according to the school district in which the child resides. The exception is the Child Sexual Abuse Center, which serves the entire county.
The following school districts are served by the Upper Darby office:
The following school districts are served by the Chester office:
Pennsylvania law encourages everyone to report any suspicions of child abuse or neglect in order to protect the children. Certain professionals are required to report. Any person, while in the course of their employment, occupation or practice of their profession, who comes into contact with children, is a mandated reporter. These mandated reporters include but are not limited to:
Calls after office hours, holidays and weekends are taken by the EMERGENCY SERVICE at 610-892-8400. Callers may also use the PENNSYLVANIA STATE CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE at 1-800-932-0313.
Children and Youth Services is committed to providing services in a family centered and strength based manner with attention to community and cultural awareness. To that end, the agency recruits qualified staff who can support the agency's mission in caseworker, social service aide, and clerical positions. All applicants for employment with Children and Youth Services must successfully complete the civil service test, please click on www.scsc.state.pa.us. Please contact Dinetta Y. Graves at (610) 447-1000 for more information.
The main Human Services office is located at 20 South 69th Street, Upper Darby, PA 19082.
Children and Youth Services Chester Office: 531 Penn Street, Chester, PA 610-447-1000
Children and Youth Services Upper Darby Office: 20 S. 69th Street, Upper Darby, PA 19082
Children and Youth Services Sexual Abuse Center: 100 West 6th Street, Media, PA 19063
Legal Services Office: Government Center, Room G-20, 201 West Front Street, Media PA 19063