Luzerne County Children and Youth Services is committed to excellence in meeting the changing and diverse needs of families and the community while protecting children and preserving families.
To assure that children are protected, live free from abuse and neglect and are given the opportunity to grow and develop to their fullest potential.
Families are supported in making decisions and developing skills to assure their child’s safety, permanence and well-being.
The Agency Believes: that the highest priority in all activities and services is to protect children from injury, harm, and depreviation.
Action: The Agency operates on the principle that child safety and well being is best provided in the context of the family. Protection in provided through the assurance of a safe, nurturing family environment that provides for the individualized needs of each child.
The Agency Believes: that children should live in an environment that promotes well being.
Action: The Agency will partner with families and other community agencies to provide accessible services to assure that children 's basic physical and emotional needs may be met.
The Agency Believes: that is best for children to grow up in their own family.
Action: The Agency will pursue efforts to assure children's safety and well being, while preserving and strengthening the family whenever possible.
The Agency Believes: that children deserve a permanent family in which they are safe and have their mental and physical development needs met.
Action: If the unity of the child's family cannot be maintained, the Agency will affirmatively seek a permanent family for the child.