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The Office of Children Youth and Families

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The Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF) is releasing Bulletin #3680-20-02, 3800-20-03, titled “Specialized Residential Settings for Children and Youth.” The purpose of this bulletin is to release guidance to county and state officials, public and private children and youth social service agencies, and stakeholders regarding the Department of Human Services (DHS) OCYF voluntary certification process for child residential facilities or Supervised Independent Living (SIL) programs that provide specialized services to:

  • Pregnant, expecting, and parenting youth;
  • Youth who are transitioning to adulthood; or
  • Youth who are, or at risk of becoming, sex trafficking victims.

Also, OCYF is hosting two separate WebEx meetings to review the attached bulletin and application process for child residential facilities or SIL programs providing or planning to provide services to the above identified populations. Session opportunities are 9:30 am to 12:00 pm on February 25 or 28. If interested, please register for one of the two sessions by sending an email with:

  • Name
  • Agency
  • Email
  • Meeting: OCYF – Specialized Settings Bulletin Discussion
  • Date

There are only 150 slots available per meeting so please only register for one session. Groups of people within the same organization should plan to join using one phone line. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

If your agency is – or is interested in – providing services for Family First Prevention Services Programming in Pennsylvania, please contact RCPA Children’s Director Jim Sharp.