Family Engagement

Family Engagement

Family Engagement is a service that focuses on assisting families in developing a plan to address safety, permanency, and/or the well-being of children in a family.


  • Family Engagement increases family ownership by having family and extended resources take over decision making and bring accountability back to the family.
  • Family Engagement presents an opportunity to strengthen families and to have families resolve concerns in a safe environment.

What’s in it for me?

  • Develop a family plan to address concerns
  • Avoid truancy consequences and/or possibly eliminate the need for Children and Youth Services involvement
  • Utilize positive supports
  • Discover resources available

The process is voluntary for families, and the service is free of cost to all participants. Family Engagement staff are flexible with scheduling, and meet with families where and when is most convenient. The service is available for a three to nine month period with follow up and aftercare contacts.

 Family Engagement can accept referrals from anyone, including self-referrals. For more information, click here

McKean County DHS
Family Engagement Unit
17155 Route 6
Smethport, PA 16749

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