Family Engagement Initiative
Building on the Strengths of Family
Pennsylvania’s Family Engagement Initiative is designed to assist select counties in furthering collaborative efforts between the judiciary and child welfare agency to enhance meaningful family involvement in the child welfare system.
Meaningful family involvement increases the likelihood that children will safely remain in their own home or will be placed with family if out of home placement is necessary. In addition, the initiative focuses on well-being of the child as well as the entire family.
The Family Engagement Initiative builds upon the county’s implementation of the Permanency Practice Initiative by focusing on three components designed to meaningfully involve family: Family Finding – Revised; Crisis and Rapid Response Family Meetings and; enhanced legal representation.
Click the map to the right for more information on Phase 1 Counties.