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Northampton County Children, Youth and families Division seeks to reach its mission of protecting children through prevention and intervention. The main difference between prevention and intervention is that prevention targets the population that is at risk for abuse and neglect. Intervention works with families who are already involved with CYF. 

Prevention is the proactive process that empowers individuals and systems to create conditions that promote the well-being of people. Prevention is more than education and goes well beyond the individual, it is a community effort. 

Overall prevention goals for Northampton County Children, Youth and Families Division 

Services include: 

  • Preventing Children and Families from long term involvement with CYF
  • Preventing children from being subject to abuse and neglect 
  • Reducing the number of times families re-enter the CYF system

 Services offered by Children and Youth, but not limited to:

In-take & in-home services

  • Child Protective Services - agency investigates reports of neglect and abuse. Services are provided to the children and their families to improve family functioning and to assure children's safety.
  • Permanency Services - casework services for parents, placement service for the child, adoptive home studies for the court, public, and private agencies.
  • Referrals to other community social services i.e.: mental health, drug & alcohol, nurse family partnership program, and family resource center.
  • Family preservation - counseling and supportive services for emergency and crisis situations to prevent placement of children and to improve family functioning.
  • Parenting program - education and support for parents.
  • Independent living - services to teenagers struggling to become an adult.
  • Multisystemic therapy - therapeutic service to adolescents who are exhibiting delinquent behaviors.

Community based placements

  • Foster family care - a substitute family when a child has to be removed from his or her home due to the issues of abuse.
  • Kinship care - placement of a child with relatives when parents are unable to care for the child due to issues of abuse and/or neglect.
  • Group home - purchased placement services for children who need more structure than foster care provides.

Out-of-Home Placement

  • living with relatives
  • residing in a foster home 
  • emergency shelters

Residential/Group Home Placements

  • In a safe, nurturing, and structured environment, young men and women are empowered to make positive changes in their behavior, their attitude, and their beliefs. Children whom have been abused, neglected, and/or face significant mental health challenges are provided services due to their inappropriate behaviors, attitudes and beliefs require residential treatment.
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