Adams County Children & Youth provides information and referral services to county residents each year. This may include phone number and address information for appropriate community-based or public services, or direct brief casework assistance by a Children & Youth staff member.
Adams County Children & Youth accepts all incoming reports of suspected child abuse and neglect, ensures the safety of children residing in the reported household, investigates the validity of reports, and provides services to families dealing with child abuse and neglect issues.
Adams County Children & Youth staff provide direct casework services to children and families dealing with issues of child abuse and neglect, along with the purchase, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of services for families in need of support.
The goal of IL services is to support and empower youth to reach their full potential as adults. The IL staff work to engage youth in services and offer resources designed to support them as they transition to adulthood.
Most children are served at home and families remain intact. When safety prohibits children from remaining at home, out-of-home placement may be necessary. Children & Youth staff recruit, train, and inspect foster homes to ensure the safety of the children residing there.
In the majority of cases, children remain at home or experience brief out-of-home placement services with the goal of family reunification. In the event the child may not be able to return home, Adams County Children & Youth staff are working toward achieving permanency from the first day of placement.
Adams County Children & Youth Staff provide educational meetings to mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect, as well as, attend community forums to increase child abuse and neglect awareness and foster parent recruitment.