About the Department
Children and Youth Services investigates situations where there are concerns that children are being neglected or abused. Allegations of abuse can be referred directly to the agency at (570) 265-1760 or through the Child Abuse Hot-line at 1-800-932-0313. Abuse can be physical, sexual, or emotional. It also includes children who are at imminent risk of harm. Neglected children are children who are without proper parental care or control, subsistence, education as required by law, or other care or control necessary for their physical, mental or emotional or morals; children who have been abandoned by their parents; children who, while subject to compulsory school attendance, are habitually and without justification truant from school; children who have committed acts of habitual disobedience of the reasonable and lawful commands of their parents; are under the age of 18 and have committed a delinquent act.
It is the goal of Bradford County Children and Youth Services avoid family separations whenever possible.
Children and Youth Services is responsible for administering programs in the following area; Foster Care, Independent Living, Family Group Decision Making, Student Transition and Recovery Program, Parenting Classes, Sex Abuse Counseling and Referral Sources.
How to Obtain Services:
If you have knowledge of abuse or neglect or are you at risk of abusing a child call:
(570) 265-1760 or 1-800-326-8432
Child Abuse Hot-line:
Are you are witnessing abuse or neglect?
Call 911 Immediately!
Elly Smith grew up in Bradford County and graduated from Towanda High School. She earned her BA degree in Political Science from Alma College in Michigan and worked for CBS TV in Philadelphia for two years before returning to Bradford County. She began to work as a caseworker trainee at CYS in January of 1972 and eventually became Director of Bradford County Children and Youth. Elly lives in Monroeton with her dog and two cats.