Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania
County of Allegheny
Family | Questions about Child Protection during the Judicial Emergency



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CHILD PROTECTION & PERMANANCY (while operating under the Court’s Emergency Order)


Private Dependency Petitions

  1. Question: I have been told that I can file an Application for a Private Dependency Petition, along with the Petition itself, if my child or a child who is in my custody has committed a specific act or acts of habitual disobedience and is ungovernable. Can I still do this at the present time?
    Answer: Yes. Information on filing Private Dependency Petitions as of June 1, 2020 can be found by clicking here.

Permanent Legal Custodianship

  1. Question: I would like to modify a Permanent Legal Custodianship Order. Can I do that at the present time?
    Answer: Yes. Information on filing Petitions to Modify/ Enforce Permanent Legal Custodianship Orders as of June 1, 2020 can be found by clicking here.

Termination of Parental Rights Hearings

  1. Question: Are these hearings still taking place?
    Answer: These hearings are currently taking place through video conferencing and teleconferencing. Notice regarding hearing dates and instructions for remote participation are provided through the Office of Children Youth & Families.

Adoptions

  1. Question: I was scheduled to attend an Adoption Hearing for the child/children I am adopting. That hearing has been cancelled. When will I hear of a new date so the adoption can finally take place?
    Answer: These hearings are currently taking place through video conferencing and teleconferencing. Notice regarding hearing dates and instructions for remote participation are provided through the Office of Children Youth & Families.