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PCCYFS provides a diverse range of membership services include advocacy efforts to influence public policy, regulatory, and practice requirements and the public funds needed to support the delivery of quality services.

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Our statewide network of private providers is as diverse as the services they deliver to respond to the complex needs of children, youth and their families.

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The mission of PCCYFS is to

“Improve the quality of life for Pennsylvania's children, youth, and families who are at risk by supporting and promoting an accessible service delivery system within our communities”.

The Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth & Family Services is a statewide organization of private agencies. Our members are the service providers who provide the direct "hands-on" programs and supports needed to achieve and maintain permanency and safety for children and youth and stability for families. They share a commitment to child safety and community protection related to rehabilitation of juvenile offenders.

The safety and well-being of Pennsylvania's children and their families have long been held as priorities by private agencies who share a deep commitment to keeping children safe, families strong, and communities involved.

Meeting these policy mandates requires adequate and appropriate public funding. Advocacy efforts focus on these issues.

History and Purpose

For more than 40 years, the Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth and Family Services (PCCYFS) has focused on supporting the critically important efforts of private providers as they work to meet the needs of vulnerable children, youth and their families. PCCYFS has remained diligent in efforts to influence, interpret and, at times, challenge directives issued by contracting entities and state leadership that impact provider agency operations.

As a true membership driven organization, PCCYFS actively represents the interests of the diverse private provider community and channels 100% of efforts and resources into promoting the sustainability of a viable and responsive service array. PCCYFS maintains that children, youth and families are best served and supported by having accessible and available services and responsive interventions.


PCCYFS is committed to vigorously representing the interests of private providers as well as the needs of the children, youth and families they serve. Our strategic plan addresses two priority areas:
1. Influencing public policy and the funding environment
2. Providing a responsive array of quality membership services and support