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The Bureau of Child Welfare Services is primarily responsible for monitoring the delivery of services by county and private children and youth social service agencies throughout the commonwealth.
The Bureau conducts these functions through the four OCYF Regional Offices and its Division of Licensing. The essential functions and responsibilities of the four OCYF Regional Offices include:
The Division of Licensing within the bureau is responsible for the regulation of public and private children and youth agencies; foster care agencies; adoption agencies; and child residential and day treatment facilities, including residential services, secure care, secure detention, transitional living, outdoor, mobile, day treatment, and secure residential, that operate in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Oversight of these programs is conducted by the four OCYF Regional Offices.
The Division of Licensing works with over 1,800 facilities and agencies, providing programmatic direction and monitoring for all licensing activities statewide. The division also evaluates and seeks to improve the quality of care and services provided.
The essential functions and responsibilities of the Division of Licensing include:
The Bureau of Child Welfare Services also coordinates with the Bureau of Policy and Program Development to ensure that county and private provider operations are guided by best practice standards and in conformity with state and federal mandates. In addition, the Bureau of Child Welfare Services coordinates with the Bureau of Budget and Program Support in reviewing annual program and budget estimates for the 67 county children and youth social service agencies.
Roseann Perry, Director
Bureau of Child and Family Services
Ellen Whitesell, Director
Division of Licensing