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The Connection is your source for all advocacy work of the YAB. On this page you will find:

  • financial aid information
  • reports produced by the YAB
  • policies of importance to older youth in the system
  • resources to help youth and professionals educate the public
  • documents and information specifically for IL Coordinators


Are you interested in learning more about the policies that affect your life in the system?  Click on any of the policies below to learn more about them.

  • Act 101
    This law was passed in Pennsylvania in 2010 and allows for adopted youth and their adoptive parents to set up contact agreements so they can still have connections to birth parents and siblings after being adopted.  It also creates a database that keeps all of the social and medical history of adopted youth.
  • The Children in Foster Care Act 
    This law was passed in Pennsylvania in 2010.  It lists all of the rights youth have in the system.  It also requires all counties to implement a grievance procedure policy – that means that youth have a way to get their voices heard when something isn’t working.

For more information, check out our Statewide YAB partners' websites

Juvenile Law Center PA Department of Welfare: Child Welfare SWAN Kid's Voice PA Partnerships for Children PCYA

IL Coordinator Resources

County and private IL Coordinators can download important forms and information on this page.  If you have questions or can’t find something, contact Stephanie Brooks at stb101@pitt.edu

  • Multimedia Release Forms
    Adult Multimedia realease Form
    Minor Multimedia realease Form

  • Pennsylvania Youth In Transition Network
    https://sites.google.com/site/payouthintransitionnetwork/  This Google Site is designed as a clearinghouse for IL Regional Networking activity, state and national resources, websites, webinars, and hosts a statewide calendar of IL Regional Network meetings.  IL Regional Network meetings are held by IL Coordinators throughout the state to focus on sharing resources, troubleshooting challenges, and learning from one another about how to improve services for older youth in the child welfare system.  The PA Youth in Transition Network Google Site helps keep everyone attending those meetings stay connected.  If you have resources you would like hosted on the site, please email them to youthtransition1@gmail.com 

  • SAT Fee Waiver/College Fee Waiver Forms
    Forms for IL Coordinators to request fee waivers on behalf of IL youth.  Note: IL youth are not permitted to access forms; the IL Coordinator must complete the fee waivers for the youth. 

  • County and Private IL Coordinator Directory
    This directory contains the contact information for each county’s public and private (if applicable) IL Coordinator.

Education for Change

Educating the public to create positive change in the child welfare system is central to the Youth Advisory Board’s mission.  On this page, YAB members and others can find tools and information to help help get out the word about the YAB and educate people about the need for change in the system. 
*Please note: the YAB is funded by the Department of Public Welfare and is prohibited from lobbying on behalf of any specific bill or resolution before the Congress.  The information and tools on this page are intended to be used to educate stakeholders and the public; they are not intended to be used for any lobbying purposes.

Pennsylvania General Assembly

  • The Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate propose and pass legislation that affects all Pennsylvanians.  You can use this website to find out the contact information for your Representative or Senator, view the current calendar of legislative action, research and review laws that have been enacted, and learn more about state government in Pennsylvania.