FCSC is one of 67 Children & Youth agencies in the state with one located in each of the 67 counties. Fulton is an 8th class county, one of only six counties with a total population <20,000. There are only five other 8th class counties Cameron, Forest, Montour, Potter and Sullivan.
The agencyâs mission is: To protect children from abuse and neglect; To strengthen and maintain families by increasing the use of in-home services; To use community-based residential resources when possible; ÂTo reduce the use of institutional placement for dependent and delinquent children; and ÂTo reduce the duration of out-of-home placements.
The safety of children is the #1 goal of the agency. The agency offers services in three distinctive categories with services to dependents provided by FCSC and to delinquent provided by Fulton JPO. Ø In-Home Services – includes adoption services, adoption assistance, counseling for dependent/ delinquents, day treatment, life skills, intake & referral, protective services (for both abuse and neglect reports) and service planning. These services can also include truancy services as well as services for children with incorrigible or ungovernable behaviors. Ø Community-based placement - includes group homes, foster family care, alternative treatment and supervised independent living. Children entering into placement are found by the Court of Common Pleas to be either dependent or delinquent. Ø Institutional/residential placements – residential, juvenile detention, secure facilities, YDC and YFC facilities. Children entering into placement are found by the Court of Common Pleas to be either dependent or delinquent.