Children and Youth Services

About the Department

Children and Youth Services investigates situations where there are concerns that children are being neglected or abused. Allegations of abuse can be referred directly to the agency at (570) 265-1760 or through the Child Abuse Hot-line at 1-800-932-0313. Abuse can be physical, sexual, or emotional. It also includes children who are at imminent risk of harm. Neglected children are children who are without proper parental care or control, subsistence, education as required by law, or other care or control necessary for their physical, mental or emotional or morals; children who have been abandoned by their parents; children who, while subject to compulsory school attendance, are habitually and without justification truant from school; children who have committed acts of habitual disobedience of the reasonable and lawful commands of their parents; are under the age of 18 and have committed a delinquent act.

It is the goal of Bradford County Children and Youth Services avoid family separations whenever possible.

Department Services

Children and Youth Services is responsible for administering programs in the following area; Foster Care, Independent Living, Family Group Decision Making, Parenting Classes, Sex Abuse Counseling and Referral Sources.

How to Obtain Services

If you have knowledge of abuse or neglect or are you at risk of abusing a child call:
(570) 265-1760 or 1-800-326-8432
Child Abuse Hot-line: 1-800-932-0313
Are you are witnessing abuse or neglect? Call 911 Immediately!


Jennifer Cragle:

Jennifer Cragle is the Director of Bradford County Children and Youth Services (CYS). Ms. Cragle, a graduate of Troy High School in 1994, obtained her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Juniata College in 1998. After graduation, she worked in mental health agencies providing services for families and children. She began her career with Bradford County in May of 2001 when she became caseworker for CYS. She was promoted to the position of Supervisor in March of 2010 and she became Director in September 2015. She is a dedicated leader whose passion is to serve children and families of Bradford County.

Contact the Department

220 Main Street Unit 1
Towanda,PA 18848
Phone: (570) 265-1760 or (800) 326-8432
Fax: (570) 265-7066