History & Mission
The Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth and Family Services (PCCYFS) is the collective voice for nearly 100 agencies that serve Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable children and their families. MISSION STATEMENT: PCCYFS is a leading statewide membership organization serving as a united voice for our valued partners through education, data, resources and advocacy towards achieving a brighter future for children, youth and families. STATEMENT OF VALUES: The membership of PCCYFS is committed to high quality, flexible, and innovative services for children, youth, and families that are easily accessible and support personal independence. In pursuit of this goal, we recognize a shared value base and foundation of practice that supports professional development and education, advocacy, and efforts to influence the funding environment.
Who We Are
Our members work in child welfare, behavioral health, juvenile justice, and education, and deliver services across a continuum of in-home, community-based, residential, educational and therapeutic settings to help Pennsylvania’s young people reach their highest potential.
PCCYFS members are part of a complex partner network of child welfare, juvenile justice, and behavioral health providers in Pennsylvania. The system is state-supervised and county-administered. County children and youth agencies, juvenile justice agencies, and behavioral health managed care organizations contract with PCCYFS members to offer a physically and emotionally safe place for children and youth who have experienced trauma. The work of our members is critical to the well-being of Pennsylvania’s communities.’
For more than 45 years, Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth and Family Services (PCCYFS) has been leading the way to improve the quality of life for Pennsylvania’s at-risk children and youth and their families. The organization was originally incorporated in 1976 as the PA Council of Voluntary Child Care Agencies (PCVCCA). In 1986, PCVCCA adopted a new name to better reflect their commitment to practice and services: The Pennsylvania Council of Children’s Services (PCCS). Later, after the acquisition of a regional association – the Children, Youth and Family Council Education Consortium – the Pennsylvania Council of Children Youth and Family Services was formed.