Children and Youth Services

Children and Youth Services
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To report suspected child abuse:

Toll-free Hotline (ChildLine) Number 1-800-932-0313

McKean County Children and Youth Services
                814-887-3350    8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Monday – Friday)
                814-887-4911   After business hours, weekends and holidays
If the child you are concerned about is currently in immediate danger, call 9-1-1

Our Mission:

To assure that each reported incident of child abuse, as defined by law, is efficiently and thoroughly investigated and assessed to determine that children are safe; and

To assure that when it is necessary to remove children from parental care, timely permanency decisions and actions are made that promote the children’s welfare with consideration of having a strong family which promotes a safe, nurturing and healthy environment.


McKean County Children and Youth Services is the sole entity with ultimate responsibility (legal and financial) for the following: 

  1. Investigating all reports of suspected child abuse;
  2. Assessing reports of children alleged to be at risk of child abuse and in need of protective services; and
  3. Providing and monitoring services:
    • To prevent child abuse;
    • To ensure child growth, permanency and well-being; and
    • To preserve and stabilize families.

Healthy families raise healthy children.  While McKean County Children and Youth Services’ primary responsibility is to address concerns about child abuse and safety, communities support and promote healthy families.  Therefore, we partner with several devoted private and public stakeholders to support and strengthen families who can sustain safe, caring and nurturing homes in which children can grow.

Employment Opportunities:

We employ compassionate individuals who are committed to help us achieve our mission.

Considering employment as a caseworker, please watch this video about the realities of our work.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and hire through the Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission.  For open test announcements, click here.

For more information about employment opportunities, please contact:
Human Resources Director, 814-887-3235 

McKean County DHS
Children and Youth Services
17155 Route 6
Smethport, PA  16749
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