The County Code Act of August 9, 1955, P.L. 323 as amended, Section 2168 provided as follows:
"The County Commissioners of any county of the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth class shall have the power, and for the purpose of protecting and promoting the welfare of children and youth, it shall be their duty to provide those child welfare services designed to keep children in their own homes, prevent neglect, abuse and exploitation, help overcome problems that result in dependency, neglect or delinquency, to provide in foster family homes and child caring institutions adequate substitutive care for any child in need of care for children and youth who have been adjudicated dependent, neglected or delinquent."
The State Department of Public Welfare is also involved in the delivery system at the local level. The nature and degree of such involvement is outlined in the Public welfare Code, Act 21 of June 13, 1967. The law assigns to the State Department of Public Welfare the power and duty:
- To assure within the Commonwealth the availability and equitable provision of adequate public welfare services for all children who need them regardless of religion, race, settlement, residence, or economic or social status.
- To make and enforce all rules and regulations necessary and appropriate to the proper accomplishment of the child welfare duties and functions vested by law in the county institutions districts, or their successors.
- All rules and regulations, which the Department is authorized to make with respect to the duties and functions of the county institution districts or their successors shall be binding upon them.
- To consult with and assist each county institution, district, or its successor, in carrying out child welfare duties and functions as authorized by law.