Pennsylvania’s Child Welfare Practice Model


Pennsylvania’s Child Welfare Practice Model guides children, youth, families, child welfare representatives, and other service partners in working together to ensure:

  • Safety from abuse and neglect
  • Enduring and certain permanence and timely achievement of stability, supports, and lifelong connections
  • Enhancement of the family’s ability to meet their child/youth’s well-being, including physical, emotional, behavioral, and educational needs
  • Support for families within their own homes and communities through comprehensive and accessible services that build on strengths and address individual trauma, needs, and concerns
  •  Strengthened families that successfully sustain positive change toward safe, nurturing, and healthy environments; and
  • Skilled and responsive child welfare professionals with a shared sense of accountability for assuring child-centered, family-focused policy, best practice, and positive outcomes

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