Every family that finds itself in dependency court is there for a reason, but every situation is a confluence of unique factors.
Some children have parents struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol. Some families are beset by health problems or are struggling to make ends meet. Others include grandparents who have suddenly found themselves responsible for the welfare of a child.
The professionals who work with these families play an important role in the system, and their work is a vital factor in finding positive outcomes for Pennsylvania's children. It is key that problems in a family are diagnosed as quickly as possible, and often system professionals are the first to realize when things start to go wrong. In fact, if you are a professional who falls under the category of a "Mandated Reporter," reporting a potential problem is not only a good idea, it is your responsibility.
For information on how to report suspected abuse, contact the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.