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Child Welfare

Child Welfare Fast Facts:
  • The positive trend of reducing the rate of children placed in group homes or institutions - settings typically referred to as "congregate care" – in favor of family-based settings continues. The most recent data shows about 1 in 6 foster care placements now involves congregate care, compared to about 1 in 4 foster care placements in 2010.
  • 745 youth "aged out" of foster care at age 18 or older into uncertain circumstances.
  • 10 of the remaining 20 Pennsylvania child protection laws passed in 2013-14 take effect in 2015.
  • For the second year in a row, the number of children entering foster care has outpaced the number exiting foster care.

Every child has the right to grow up in a home where he or she feels safe and part of a loving and nurturing family. However, there were nearly 27,000 reports of child abuse and neglect in Pennsylvania in 2013 and about 22,500 Pennsylvania children lived in foster care in 2014.

The Porch Light Project

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children implements its Porch Light Project on behalf of all children in Pennsylvania's foster care system. The Porch Light Project is an initiative of PPC in collaboration with Casey Family Programs, a national operating foundation dedicated to improving the lives of children in foster care. The Porch Light Project strives to implement public policies to help ensure a "forever family for every child" - a home where the porch light is always left on to guide and welcome a child home.

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