Pennsylvania child welfare agencies struggling to find staff

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Monitoring and preventing child abuse is of paramount importance to child welfare agencies. But staffing shortages within the industry are worrying many experts.

Child abuse reports fell in 2020, but claims are back on the rise now. “We saw a pretty big decline in terms of the reports into the system. But we don’t think that was necessarily a good thing,” said Kari King, president and CEO of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (PPC).

Some experts think that coming out of strict COVID-19 rules and regulations could be playing a part in the increased reports.

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