As a statewide association, the Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth & Family Services continues to grow in strength, recognition, activity, and diversity of membership services. Through PCCYFS, individual member agencies have a combined heightened level of influence in decisions that have direct impact on their agency when by themselves they could not speak up because of political and financial ramifications.
Region and statewide service and position specific groups provide opportunities for input and discussion on issues of common concern. The Committee structure also provides numerous opportunities for member agency involvement to help shape the tone and scope of PCCYFS activities and priorities.
Given the dynamic human services environment, it is important that private providers of services to children, youth, and families not only have information, but also have access to decision-makers. Membership in PCCYFS affords such opportunities to influence public policy, practice expectations and funding decisions. Being part of a statewide network also provides forums to forge reciprocal relationships with professional colleagues.