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 children and families of multiple races are over-surveilled, investigated, and represented in all aspects of the system.”

“Children and youth at risk of abuse and neglect deserve a child welfare system equipped to respond to their individual needs and that uses group housing or congregate care placement only as a last resort,” the organization’s president and CEO, Kari King, said in a statement. “And counties must work to diversify their workforce to represent better the communities they serve and reduce bias.”

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