Statutes, Regulations & Laws

Understanding the legal basis for the Child Dependency System's intervention into the lives of children and families clarifies the role of all parties involved in the process.

This section provides an overview of the various laws, statutes, regulations and procedural rules that govern the mandates of the Child Dependency System.

These documents provide the definition of child abuse and neglect and explain the process of child dependency. They also specify how investigations of abuse or neglect must occur, and what services should be provided to children and families.

The documents listed below are federal and state documents that govern child dependency in Pennsylvania.

Important Federal & State Documents