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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
** 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 **


Berks County Human Services Plan 2012-2013

Integrated Children's Services Plan: Fiscal Year 2009-2010 (PDF: 638 KB)
Integrated Children's Services Plan: Fiscal Year 2008-2009 (PDF: 974 KB)
Integrated Children's Services Plan: Fiscal Year 2007-2008 (PDF: 1,020 KB)
Human Service Needs Assessment 2007 Results

Frequently Asked Questions

Working with Adolescents

Children & Youth
Employment Opportunities

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.



Berks Resource Parents

 Foster Care  
 In-Home Services  
 Investigation of Child Maltreatment  
 Out-of–Home Placement  

About Department

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


Berks County Citizens Advisory Board


Back Row, Left to Right: Gary Fronheiser (12/31/12, Leinbach), John Miravich (12/31/12, Leinbach), Lynn Millar (12/31/13, Leinbach), Barb Werner, (12/31/13, Leinbach), Elaine Swavely (12/31/12, Leinbach, Scott, & Barnhardt), Marie Erlandson (12/31/13, Barnhardt ), Sherry Cameron (12/31/12, Scott), Josephina Miller (12/31/12, Barnhardt), Dr. Mark Reuben (12/31/11, Barnhardt)                                                              

Front Row, Left to Right: Marcia Goodman-Hinnershitz (12/31/11, Barnhardt), Veronica Seitzinger (12/31/11, Leinbach), Mark Braun (12/31/11, Scott), Joan Lewis (12/31/11, Barnhardt), Joan Notter (12/31/12, Barnhardt) 



Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange (PAE)
PA Dept. of Public Welfare (PA DPW)
Office of Children, Youth & Families