Course Description

This course provides a detailed look at the process of a dependency case, starting with a report to Child Line through the various hearings and possible dispositions.  Topics include: 

  • Types of Child Line reports
  • CPS Investigations
  • Indicated, Founded, and Unfounded outcomes
  • Required hearings
  • Permanency review
  • Terminations of parental rights


This course includes video recorded from a live presentation for the Lycoming Law Association

Your purchase includes access to the course and course materials for 90 days.


CLE Credit:

1.0 PA Substantive CLE

This course contains approximately 60 minutes of content, all of which is required for course completion.  

Your certificate of completion will be issued automatically after all elements of the course have been viewed/completed.  Credits will be reported to the CLE Board within 30 days of your completion of the course and your completion date will be reported as the day on which you actually finished the course.


Minimum System Requirements:

This course includes downloads of PDF documents (Portable Document Format) and streaming video. Viewing the documents will require Adobe Acrobat Reader or other PDF viewing software.  Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for free from the Adobe website.

The video player will run on Mac OS, Windows and Linux as well as most mobile devices and tablets on any browser that supports Adobe Flash and/or HTML5.  Supported browsers include Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer 9,10,11, and Microsoft Edge.  Internet Explorer 8 is not supported on Windows XP for security reasons, but is supported on Windows 7 or higher operating systems.

An internet connection with a minimum speed of 768 kilobits per second is required.  At least 5MB/sec is recommended to stream video in full HD quality.  Please note that the video player may downgrade the quality of the video to accommodate lower connection speeds.

Course Presenter

  • John Pietrovito, Esq.

    John Pietrovito, Esq.

    John Pietrovito currently serves as a Solicitor for Lycoming County Children and Youth Services. He is an associate in the Office of J. Howard Langdon and is the current Zone Four governor on the PBA Board of Governors representing Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Tioga and Union county lawyers. Pietrovito is a member of the PBA House of Delegates and is a former president of the Lycoming Law Association. He serves on the board of directors of North Penn Legal Services and is a member of the Charles F. Greevy American Inn of Court.

    A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Pietrovito holds a juris doctorate degree from the Temple University School of Law.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Course Content
    • How to Navigate This Course
    • Understanding the Dependency Case: Course Outline
    • Understanding the Dependency Case Part One
    • Understanding the Dependency Case Part Two
    • Course Evaluation (Required)