The transition from adolescence to adulthood is a pivotal developmental stage as young people learn the skills needed to be healthy and productive adults. This process can be complicated for youth with foster care experience.
The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) was signed into law as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act on February 9, 2018. This groundbreaking legislation reshapes child welfare funding to promote prevention services for children at imminent risk of out-of-home placement.
PPC annually compiles data for the State of Child Welfare to gauge the performance of Pennsylvania’s child welfare system in meeting the needs of the children and families the system serves. We gather comprehensive data for each of the 67 counties, including information on foster care placements, children leaving or re-entering foster care and efforts to reunify children with parents or relatives.
Youth want permanency. They need the system to respect their existing family ties and understand the impact of their experiences on their ability to trust and be ready to connect with caring adults.
The 2015 State of Child Welfare report shows Pennsylvania continues to make progress in placing children into family-type foster care settings instead of relying on “congregate care” settings such as institutions or group homes. Research shows family-based foster care is more beneficial to a child’s long-term development and well-being. Data for each of Pennsylvania’s 67 […]