Mercer County Children and Youth Services

Kathryn Walker, Administrator



Albert E. Acker Building
8425 Sharon-Mercer Road
Mercer, PA 16137
Telephone: (724) 662-2703
or (724) 962-1999
After hours/Emergency (724) 662-6130
Fax: (724) 662-0676
Matthew B. McConnell, Chairman
Scott Boyd
Timothy M. McGonigle

Mission Statement

The mission of Mercer County Children and Youth Services is to protect children and youth at risk of child abuse and neglect, preserve and strengthen families and provide safety, permanency, well-being and positive outcomes for every child under our care. Based on State and Federal laws and the fundamental principle that all children have the right to grow and develop in a safe, nurturing and stable home with their own families whenever possible, the Agency provides the following services:


  • Twenty-four hour availability to investigate reports of alleged child abuse, child neglect and child dependency and identification of families and children requiring general protective services. 
  • Services and assistance to families and children to enable children to remain safely within their own homes and to prevent family disruption and the need for child placement. 
  • Temporary safe care and supportive services in the most family-like setting possible for children in need of placement outside of the home. 
  • Stable permanent family life through adoption when the birth family cannot or does not provide permanent care for the child and post-adoptive services for the child and family as long as necessary. 
  • Community education, parent education and other preventive services in collaboration with others to reduce the number of children needing services of the public child welfare agency.

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