Children and Youth Services

Office re-opening Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Due to safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be following all necessary recommendations through the CDC and Department of Health, to ensure our office is operating as safely as possible. If/When you enter the building, your temperature will be scanned by the members of our security team at the front desk.  Also, there will be signs posted in our lobby to ensure social distancing occurs when you visit with us. In order to limit the number of people in our lobby, we may ask you to call our front desk from the hallway to let us know you are there and then you will return to your car until your caseworker is available.   For the safety of your family and our staff, all of our staff will be wearing face masks, and we are asking you and any of your family members over the age of 2 to bring a cloth or paper mask to wear when you enter our office. If you or they do not have their own masks, we will provide a  mask to be worn during your visit.

 

We will be wearing masks if/when we visit your home.  If you or someone in your home is ill or have been exposed to Covid-19, please let your caseworker know right away and prior to their visit with you.  We will either be calling you ahead of the visit or asking you at the front door to determine if you may have COVID-like symptoms.  These include fever greater than 100.0, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, gastrointestinal symptoms (diarrhea or vomiting), sore throat, sudden loss of sense of taste/smell, headache and/or body aches.  If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please let your caseworker know ahead of time.  This is for your safety, the caseworker’s safety and for the safety of other vulnerable people in the community that the caseworker may be visiting after they visit your home.
All mandated reporters are asked to report neglect and/or abuse via http://keepkidssafe.pa.gov/ when able.
 
Important: For non-emergencies please email: cysscreeners@adamscounty.us
 
Note: All non-emergency emails will be responded to the next business day.
 
Report Child Abuse or Neglect call 1-800-932-0313  
or  
Call Emergency Services at 911
About Us
 
It is the mission of Adams County Children & Youth Services to provide a work environment that is educational, responsive, efficient, and safe for our staff, so we can deliver high quality services to ensure that each child and youth in Adams County has a safe and permanent family. We are responsible under Pennsylvania Public Law to receive and investigate reports of child abuse and neglect, provide for the temporary care of children not able to safely remain with their own families and develop community-wide social service programs that promote family stability.  The Agency endeavors to be responsive to the changing health and welfare needs of all families by encouraging the development of programs that reduce dependency and strengthen family life.  We are guided by many laws, regulations and policies as well as principles and values to help us achieve our mission.  Our mission helps us to ensure that we are:
 
  • Protecting children and youth from abuse and neglect
  • Enhancing the family’s capacity to meet the child/ youth’s well-being, including physical, emotional, behavioral and educational needs
  • Strengthening families to successfully sustain positive changes that lead to safe, nurturing and healthy environments
  • Securing a permanent living arrangement in a timely manner that supports stability, if children and youth cannot reside with their biological caregivers
  • Ensuring skilled and responsive child welfare professionals, who perform with a shared sense of accountability for best practice and positive outcomes

 

Contact Information: 

Sarah Finkey, Administrator

​County of Adams
Children & Youth Services
525 Boyds School Road
Suite 100
Gettysburg, PA 17325​
 
Phone:​ 717-337-0110
Fax:​ 717-337-0616
 
Hours:
​8:00a.m. - 4:30p.m.
Monday - Friday

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