Local Children's Roundtables

At the foundational tier, each judicial district in Pennsylvania convenes a Local Children's Roundtable (LCR).

The LCR is convened by the county dependency judge and is comprised of relevant stakeholders in the dependency system, including, but not limited to, children and youth administrators; county commissioners; hearing masters; Guardians ad Litem; parent attorneys; agency solicitors; Court Appointed Special Advocates; school districts; drug and alcohol and mental health professionals; families; county children and youth staff; juvenile probation staff; police departments; service providers and other relevant stakeholders. The LCRs meet on a regular basis (usually monthly), to share best or promising practices, address areas of concern within the county's dependency system and make plans to overcome barriers to timely permanency for children in their judicial district.

Since 2006, issues addressed by LCR's, include but are not limited to:

  • Three Month Review
  • Family Group Decision Making
  • Family Finding
  • Family Development Credentialing
  • Concurrent Planning
  • Data Collection
  • Permanency and Placement Trends
  • Trauma/Grief & Loss
  • Substance Abuse
  • Transitional Youth
  • Psychotropic Medications
  • Educational Success and Truancy Prevention
  • Incarcerated Parents
  • Father Engagement
  • Legal Representation Education
  • Visitation
  • Shared Case Management
  • Safety