Children & Youth Agency

Effective Monday, May 18, 2020:


As part of our efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), ALL visitors over age 2 are required to wear a mask and are asked to use hand sanitizer before entering.


If you are ill with a fever, cough or flu like symptoms, please do not enter our offices


If you are reporting a case of child abuse and neglect, please consider calling ChildLine directly at 1-800-932-0313.


If you need assistance, please call


About Us

The Lancaster County Children and Youth Social Service Agency is a public child welfare agency mandated to provide protection services to Lancaster County's children and their families. The Agency investigates all reports of child abuse and neglect and provides intervention services to address safety threats and risk factors and stabilize the family. The Agency's mission is to address the safety, permanency and well-being of children and youth at risk of abuse and neglect.

Referrals & Reports

Referrals can be made to the agency by calling 717-299-7925 during business hours. To report abuse, call 1-800-932-0313 toll free or visit anytime.

If a crisis occurs after business hours, a standby case worker is available by calling the Communication Center at 717-293-7724. If it is a situation involving a life-threatening emergency, please call 911.

Foster Parent/Resource Parent


The goal of foster care is to provide, temporarily, for the physical, emotional, and social needs of children and youth in a “substitute” family setting until the biological family can be reunited.


In Lancaster County, resource parents are urgently needed for sibling groups and teenagers. 


For questions or more information on becoming a resource parent, please contact Jason Doyle by emailing or calling (717) 299-7964.