Hotlines, Tips, and Links



Quick Guide:

Help for Victims of Abuse

Tips for Prevention of Child Abuse

Support for Families

Post Permanency Services

Legal Help and Other Information


Help for Victims of Abuse

ChildLine: 1-800-932-0313
If you suspect child abuse, call this number immediately.

National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD
For almost 30 years, we’ve helped connect individuals with the information or people they need as they confront child abuse in their lives, whether they are a child, parent, teacher or a concerned school administrator.

Crime Victim Center (CVC) of Erie County
814-455-9414 or 1-800-352-7273
The Crime Victim Center of Erie County, Inc. was established in 1973 as the Erie County Rape Crisis Center, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting sexual assault victims and their families and friends.


Tips for Prevention of Child Abuse

Know Your Rights - A Guide for Youth in Substitute Care
By the Juvenile Law Center and KidsVoice.

Safe Kids, PA
To promote the prevention of childhood injuries in Pennsylvania through education, collaboration and advocacy.

Prevent Child Abuse, PA
We believe child abuse can and will be prevented when knowledgeable and involved citizens are aware of the work they can do to build healthy families and foster caring communities. Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania believes that primary prevention is a sound fiscal policy as well as a humane and caring response to the suffering of children. It is a simple, practical, cost-effective approach to protecting the welfare of our state's greatest resource – our children – and it is the right thing to do.


Support for Families

Stepping Up for Children - what government and communities should do to support kinship families
Examines the challenges and rewards of providing kinship care and makes suggestions to improve the circumstances in kinship families to promote better outcomes for children.

Kinship Care in Pa. - Support for Families with Grandparents and Other Kin Raising Children
Published by The Pennsylvania State University, 2005.

How Are the Children? Inspiring Hope. Renewing Vision. Influencing Action. Casey Family Programs 2010 Annual Report
Reviews the progress made toward the Casey Family Programs' 2020 Strategy that has the goal of improving supports to families so that the nation can safely reduce the need for out-of-home placement

Friends of the Pennsylvania Children’s Trust Fund
Children’s Trust Fund investments are intended to develop innovative and creative child abuse and neglect prevention programs.  Specific emphasis for funding is placed on primary prevention programs that focus on the prevention of abuse before it occurs for the first time.  Pennsylvania’s Children’s Trust Fund (PA CTF) was established pursuant to ACT 151 of 1988, the Children’s Trust Fund Act


Post-Permanency Services offered through the PA Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN)

Case Advocacy service ensures that families receive access to services designed to meet their needs after they have made a permanent commitment to a child.

Support Group service helps build relationships, forms a community of mentoring, provides education, and offers socialization and recreational activities for families and/or their children.

Respite service provides families with planned breaks to support a consistent level of parenting.

Families self-refer for SWAN Post-Permanency Services by calling the SWAN Helpline at 1-800-585-7926.  For more information visit the Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption & Permanency Network's Post Adoption Services page.


Legal Help and Other Information

Northwestern Legal Services
814-452-6949 or 1-800-665-6957
"Northwestern Legal Services assists low income individuals and families by guiding them through the legal system using advocacy and education to obtain justice with the goal of improving their quality of life and strengthening our community."

Promising Court Practices: Strategies to Achieve Timely Permanency, November 2009
Report by Casey Family Programs that explores the efforts by court systems in 10 states and one county to improve outcomes for children who are removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect.  Pennsylvania is highlighted as one of those states with promising court practices.  

Megan’s Law, PA
Pennsylvania's Megan's Law, 42 Pa.C.S § 9799.32(1), requires the State Police to create and maintain a registry of persons who reside, or is transient, work/carry on a vocation, or attend school in the Commonwealth and who have either been convicted of, entered a plea of guilty to, or have been adjudicated delinquent of Certain Sexual Offenses in Pennsylvania or another jurisdiction.

Child Welfare Information
Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more.

Postpartum Help
Hotline: 1-800-PPD-MOMS


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