In Pennsylvania, being without proper parental care or control, truancy, and disobeying the reasonable commands of a parent or guardian are status offense behaviors. The upper age for delinquency jurisdiction and status offense jurisdiction is 17. The lower age for delinquency jurisdiction is 10, while the lower age for status offense jurisdiction is not specified.
Status offense cases are classified as dependents. The Court of Common Pleas has jurisdiction over status offenders and delinquents. Special divisions of the Common Pleas courts which operate in many regards as specialized family or juvenile courts are created in statute for specific counties. A court may extend jurisdiction until a juvenile reaches 21.