Note: In an effort to highlight the prevention programs that are available in Mifflin County, Mifflin County Communities That Care (CTC) is offering a new series that will focus on one service provider each month. CTC offers this information with the purpose of strengthening our families and community.

I am Mackenzie Seiler, the Administrator of Mifflin County Children and Youth Services. I care about kids, and I live in a community that cares.

Mifflin County Children and Youth Services provide a variety of services to children and families living in the county. Primarily, the agency is responsible for ensuring the safety of children. The agency conducts child protective-service investigations into cases that meet definitions of “abuse” and/or “neglect”. The definitions of “abuse” and “neglect” are set by the state, not by the local agency.

The agency also conducts general protective-service assessments to better understand a family’s strengths and needs. People may not know this, but once a family is engaged with Mifflin County Children and Youth Services, the caseworker’s main role is to coordinate services for a family. A large part of this coordination involves referring the family to other community organizations and private agencies who provide specialized services to our families and who will work with the family on the identified areas of need.

The agency also provides services to youth who cannot safely be maintained in their home and who have been adjudicated (which means ruled by a Juvenile Court Judge) as being “dependent”. These “dependent” children require placement outside of the home and can be placed in a variety of placement options that include foster homes, kinship homes (meaning staying with a qualified relative or family friend), group homes and residential treatment facilities.

In addition, the agency provides independent-living services for youth between the ages of 16 and 21 years who were in foster care when they were between 16 and 18 years old.

The Mifflin County Children and Youth Services are county run and state supervised. The agency operates on a license provided by the Department of Pubic Welfare. For more information about Mifflin County Children and Youth Services or to report concerns about the welfare of a child, please call the office at (717) 248-3994.

As the Administrator of Children and Youth, I also serve as a Key Leader for Communities That Care. Communities That Care’s vision is “Because of community-wide collaboration, Mifflin County will have safe, caring and drug-free neighborhoods for all children”. Communities That Care is currently working to reduce underage drinking and strengthen families and communities. We care about kids. We are Communities That Cares.