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{Children & Youth} Protect children and assure their physical & emotional well-being as provided by law, and to preserve, strengthen & empower their families.

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Office Phone
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 Children & Youth Services
 Berks County Services Center
 633 Court Street, 11th Floor
 Reading, PA 19601
 Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
24-hour on call service for emergencies
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** This e-mail address is not intended for the purpose of reports of child abuse or neglect. Any information regarding the abuse or neglect of a Berks County child should be reported at (610) 478-6700 or to the state CHILDLINE office at 1-800-932-0313 **

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Adoption
  • Intake
  • Working with Adolescents
  • Mandated Reporter Request for Update Form
    Please follow the instructions on how to submit the request for update that is found at the top of the form. In addition, please take note to the information at the bottom that explains what Mandated Reporters have the right to know as per the Child Protective Services Law.

    Agency Responsibilities

    Berks County Children and Youth Services is assigned to protect children, up to eighteen years of age, from abuse and neglect.  The staff investigate all reports of child maltreatment in Berks County.  For families at risk of future abuse or neglect, services and monitoring are implemented to ensure child safety and allow the children to remain in their homes.  For some cases, placement outside the family's home is warranted.  When this happens, the parents participate in services to allow the childrens safe return.  For situations in which a safe return is not able to occur, the Berks County Children and Youth Services staff request that the Court terminate parental rights.  A permanent adoptive situation is located, often within the child's family and/or community.

    Agency Officers

     Executive Director:    George Kovarie, MSW, LSW
     Director of Placement:    Barbara Jakubek, MSW
     Director of In-Home Services:    Wendy Myers, MSW, LSW
     Director of Intake:    Brandy Neider, MPA
     Fiscal Officer:    Michelle Fronheiser, BA


    Since Aug. 4, 2003

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    County of Berks
    633 Court Street
    Reading, PA 19601
    Hours: 8 AM to 5 PM
    Closed on holidays
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