As a statewide
association, the Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth &
Family Services continues to grow in strength, recognition,
activity, and variety of membership services. Through the Council,
individual member agencies have a voice in decisions with
direct impact on their agency when by themselves they could
not speak up because of political and financial ramifications.
Service-specific groups convened regionally and on a statewide
basis provide opportunities for input and discussion on issues
of regional or even county-specific importance. The committee
structure provides numerous opportunities for member agency
involvement to help shape the tone and scope of Council activities
Given the ever-changing human services environment, it is important that private
providers of services to children, youth, and families not
only have information, but also access to decision-makers.
Membership in PCCYFS affords such opportunities to influence
the process of public policy development as well as forge reciprocal relationships with professional peers.