Copyright 2017 - County of Lancaster, PA -- LCYIC, Drew Fredericks

What is Shelter Care?

Shelter  

care  

provides  

temporary  

and  

emergency  

care  

for  

alleged  

and  

adjudicated  

dependent  

and  

delinquent  

juveniles.  

The

Shelter  

helps  

children  

and  

their  

families  

by  

providing  

professional  

therapeutic  

and  

supportive  

services  

that  

will  

enable  

them

to  

achieve  

their  

full  

potential.  

Our  

hope  

is  

to  

touch  

the  

lives  

of  

the  

children  

we  

serve  

so  

that  

they  

become  

productive

members of society, in part because of the caring, nurturing, and learning atmosphere of the Shelter.

The  

Shelter  

serves  

males  

and  

females  

between  

the  

ages  

of  

ten  

and  

eighteen  

years  

of  

age  

that  

are  

awaiting  

court  

review.  

The

Children  

&  

Youth  

Agency

   

or  

Juvenile  

Probation  

Office

  

refers  

these  

residents  

to  

us.  

Shelter  

care  

offers  

a  

supervised  

setting

with  

accommodations  

to  

house  

twenty-four  

residents  

each  

with  

their  

own  

sleeping  

quarters.  

The  

resident  

participate  

in

activities that help them grow emotionally, physically, and intellectually.

The  

versatility  

of  

the  

Shelter’s  

behavior  

modification  

system  

allows  

home  

visits,  

if  

the  

resident  

has  

achieved  

a  

high  

status

and if the referring agency approves the visit. These visits are beneficial when possibility of family reunification exists.

The   

ability   

to   

venture   

“off   

grounds”,   

with   

staff   

supervision,   

enables   

shelter   

residents   

to   

experience   

a   

variety   

of

recreational  

activities  

as  

well  

as  

participate  

in  

volunteer  

activities  

throughout  

Lancaster  

County  

communities.  

The  

facet  

of

the programming also affords the opportunity for educational field trips and experiential learning.

What is a dependent child?

According  

to  

the  

Juvenile  

Act

,  

composed  

by  

the  

Juvenile  

Court  

Judges’  

Commission  

(JCJC)

,  

a  

dependent  

child  

is  

a  

child

who:

is  

without  

proper  

parental  

care  

or  

control,  

subsistence,  

education  

as  

required  

by  

law,  

or  

other  

care  

or  

control

necessary for his physical, mental, or emotional health, or morals;

has been placed for care or adoption in violation of law;

has been abandoned by his parents, guardian, or other custodian;

is without parent, guardian, or legal guardian;

while subject to compulsory school attendance is habitually and without justification truant from school;

has  

committed  

a  

specific  

act  

or  

acts  

of  

habitual  

disobedience  

of  

the  

reasonable  

and  

lawful  

commands  

of  

his  

parent,

guardian, or other custodian and who is ungovernable and found to be in need of care, treatment, or supervision;

is under the age of ten years and has committed a delinquent act;

has  

been  

formally  

adjudicated  

dependent,  

and  

is  

under  

the  

jurisdiction  

of  

the  

court,  

subject  

to  

its  

conditions  

or

placements and who commits an act which is defined as ungovernable as in #6;

has  

been  

referred  

pursuant  

to  

section  

6323  

of  

the  

Juvenile  

Act  

(relating  

to  

informal  

adjustment)  

and  

who  

commits  

an

act which is defined ungovernable as in #6.

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