Children & Youth

The Montgomery County Office of Children and Youth, under Pennsylvania law, is mandated to investigate all reports of suspected abuse, neglect, or dependency of children from birth to age 18 in Montgomery County. Our professional staff investigate reports made to our office and work with families, when appropriate, to address conditions that adversely affect a child’s care. Our staff works with families directly and also coordinates services with community resources to improve family conditions. In-home services, placement services, and adoption services are integral to our child protective service function.

Office of Children and Youth Family Handbook


Mandated and Permissive Reporters

Whether you are someone required by law to report suspected child abuse (mandated reporter) or someone able and encouraged but not required by law to report suspected child abuse (permissive reporter), take action when you have reasonable cause to suspect that a child is a victim of child abuse.

  • If the child is in immediate danger call 911
  • File an electronic report of suspected child abuse at www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis 
  • Call ChildLine (800) 932-0313 and complete a CY 47, (only if you cannot file electronically) 
  • Notify your Administrator, Principal, Director, Etc. 

Montgomery County District Attorney’s Added Mandate:

  • Notify the local police department

Mandated and Permissive Reporter Training and Education


Please click here for more information about a FREE 3-hour on-line course through the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center and additional education offered by the Office of Children and Youth.

If you still have questions about Child Abuse reporting, call our office (610) 278-5800.