New Pa. program aims to help at-risk kids stay out of foster care, group homes | Tuesday Coffee

A new state action plan taking effect this month aims to keep more at-risk children in their homes and communities, reducing the need for foster and group home placements.

The plan is required under the federal Family First Prevention Services Act, a piece of legislation authorized under a February 2018 bipartisan budget deal that ended a government shutdown, and kept the federal government afloat. Supporters say the bill represents a historic step forward in protecting and promoting child welfare in the commonwealth, and across the nation.

The Capital-Star chatted this week with *Rachael Miller, the policy director of the advocacy group Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, about the state’s 5-year plan under the law, which took effect on Oct. 1, and its implication for Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, which administer child welfare programs.

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