PA Teens in Foster Care Await Outcome of ‘Permanency’ Bill

More than 5,500 children in foster care in Pennsylvania are age 14 or older, and House Bill 1866 outlines the steps county child-welfare agencies must take to help them make a smooth transition to adulthood with support from caregivers or family members. Kari King, president and CEO of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, said it is important to […]

PA Pandemic Toll on Children Shows Progress, Racial Disparity and Recommendations

PUBLIC NEWS SERVICE – The 13th annual Pennsylvania State of Child Welfare report is out. Children advocates said the 2021 pandemic numbers showed some progress and highlighted ongoing areas of concern. One major plus: The number of children and youth placed with family or trusted caregivers was the highest in five years, reaching more than 45%. Rachael […]

13th annual State of Child Welfare report

FOX56 – Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children released its 13th annual State of Child Welfare report. This report raises awareness about the holes in the child welfare system and provides recommendations about how to fix them. The report found that the child welfare system is exhausted, making it difficult to adequately respond to the needs of […]

Pa.’s child welfare system is ‘exhausted,’ new report concludes | Friday Morning Coffee

PENNSYLVANIA CAPITAL-STAR – Pennsylvania’s child welfare system is “exhausted,” and can’t adequately respond to the needs of the children and youth it serves, according to a new report surveying its performance in 2021. The report by Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, a Harrisburg-based advocacy group, also found racial disparities in the system, concluding that “Black, Hispanic, and […]

Gaps in the child welfare system, 13th State of Child Welfare report released

CBS21 – The 13th annual State of Child Welfare report was released by the Pennsylvania Partnership for Children. The report highlighted gaps in the child welfare system along with ways to fix those gaps. The report was focused on abuse and neglect, the foster care system, removal reasons, congregate care reduction, transition-age youth, and racial […]