Child Welfare

Child Welfare

Ensure every child in Pennsylvania has the opportunity to grow up in a home where they are safe and protected from abuse and neglect. For those children who are victims of trauma, the system should ensure that services are provided to heal and preserve the family and if out-of-home care is necessary, that placement is in a family-based setting, preferably kin. Community-based interventions should be sought to prevent the need for unnecessary out-of-home removal, expedite reunification and ensure permanency for every child and youth. PPC focuses on policy solutions to make this achievable.

Child Welfare Policy Goals

  • Strengthen the response to child abuse by building a strong and robust community prevention model
  • Improve policies that increase the identification and utilization of kin resources
  • Reduce the use of group care unless it is necessary to meet the time-limited treatment needs of youth
  • Monitor policy reform to ensure the child welfare system is adequately supported from both financial and staffing perspectives at the federal, state, and county levels

Child Welfare Publications

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Child Welfare Fast Facts:

  • General protective services reports continue to outpace reports of child abuse by nearly four times
  • 24,665 children were served in the foster care system in 2019, with over 7,000 experiencing a first time entry
  • Only 38.7% of children in the foster care system are placed with family or kin
  • Black children and children or multiple races are represented in foster care more than two times their rate in the general population