By order dated July 13, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court approved modifications to Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure 1120, 1210, 1240, 1242, 1330, 1408, 1409, 1512, 1514, 1515, 1608, 1609, 1610, 1611, and 1635. The Court also adopted new Rule 1149. The amendments are available here. In summary, the rule modifications and additions are a response to Act 55 of 2013, which requires county children and youth services agencies to perform “family finding” on an ongoing basis in every case. The rule changes reflect this requirement and ensure that the court is inquiring about family finding at each proceeding and making necessary orders to ensure compliance. Further information is available in an accompanying Explanatory Report of the Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee.
The above rule changes are effective October 1, 2015.