Children and Youth | Resources

The following resources may be useful in gaining additional information on topics related to children and youth.

Berks County Children and Youth Services

Berks County Children and Youth Services is assigned to protect children, up to eighteen years of age, from abuse and neglect. The staff investigate all reports of child maltreatment in Berks County. For families at risk of future abuse or neglect, services and monitoring are implemented to ensure child safety and allow the children to remain in their homes.

Berks Teens Matter

The purpose of Berks Teens Matter is for public and private stakeholders to work together to develop and implement a coordinated plan to sustain programs and practices to reduce teen pregnancy, leading to improved educational outcomes and long term well being of families and communities in Berks County.

United States Department of Health & Human Services 

Information and statistics on national and state rates of child abuse and neglect. Demographic data on perpetrators and victims can be found, as well as rates of various types of abuse.

In Pennsylvania, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are managed through the Department of Human Services, DHS provides a monthly data report on benefit metrics. COMPASS is an online application portal for many health and human service programs.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA) and Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) 

Provides helpline access and treatment resources for suicide, substance abuse and opioid treatment programs. SAMSHA also focuses on the development of national data standards that provide the basis for uniform, comparable, high-quality statistics on mental health services, making it a model in the health care statistics field. Data is available on mental health and substance abuse services including treatment satisfaction and recurrence.

March of Dimes 

An organization dedicated to improving the health of babies and prenatal care across the nation. Their website provides information on the state of prenatal care in Pennsylvania.

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy 

Provides a wealth of information on teenage pregnancy across the nation, and in Pennsylvania. The teenage pregnancy rate and the related cost to the state can be found on the site.

The Arc Alliance

Arc Alliance support families and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing personal services, support and training.

The Special Kids Network

The Special Kids Network (SKN) is a statewide referral service designed to serve families of children with chronic health of disabling conditions through information and service coordination.

Kaleidoscope Family Solutions Inc.

Kaleidoscope Family Services (KFS) is a provider of clinical and therapeutic services directly to individuals as well as education-system staffing services, supporting people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Behavioral Health and Mental Health Needs with in-home and in-community programs.

Juvenile Law Center

Juvenile Law Center maintains a county level database as a resource for older youth and young adults in Pennsylvania who are aging out of the foster care system.