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Child Welfare

Child Welfare Fast Facts:
  • About 1 in 6 foster care placements in Pennsylvania last year involved group homes or institutions - settings typically referred to as "congregate care."
  • The use of congregate care in Pennsylvania has been especially prevalent among foster youth in the 13-20 age range, with more than 40 percent of these foster youth being placed in a congregate care setting on any given day in 2015.
  • More than 680 youth "aged out" of foster care at age 18 or older into uncertain circumstances.
  • The majority of children in foster care on any given day are less than nine years old.
  • Far too often the permanency goal of Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (APPLA) results in youth leaving foster care without a permanent family to rely on - more than 76 percent of the time.
  • For the third 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 more than 29,000 reports of child abuse and neglect in Pennsylvania in 2014 and nearly 23,000 Pennsylvania children lived in foster care in 2015.

At Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, we are working to implement effective public policy changes that better protect children from abuse and neglect, improve the lives of children in foster care and help ensure a “forever family” for every child.

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