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09. SWAN Legal Services Initiative (LSI)

The SWAN Legal Services Initiative (LSI) was created to address barriers within the legal process that delay permanency for a child in the child welfare system.  LSI has expedited permanency in Pennsylvania by first identifying and then resolving these legal barriers and delays.  Currently, the LSI has over 260 paralegals positioned in all 67 counties throughout the Commonwealth.  LSI works to strengthen and preserve family connections, as well as to develop and refine county practices that streamline the legal process.

This section describes the structure of LSI and discusses how the LSI program has responded to changes in child welfare law. Finally, this section explores the various supporting components of LSI including Diligent Search, LSI Incarceration Resource Manual, LSI Warmline and training.