Teacher Shortages, Education Funding, and Foster Care

NEWSMAKERS – This week’s Pennsylvania Newsmakers features Kari King, President of the Pennsylvania Partnership for Children, for an update on the increase in child abuse reports and the increase in the rates of children and youth re-entering foster care.

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. […]

State Of Child Welfare Report Highlights Stresses Placed on Pennsylvania’s Under-Resourced Child Welfare System

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children released its 13th annual State of Child Welfare report, highlighting several gaps in the child welfare system as well as recommendations on how it can be strengthened. The report features critical data on abuse and neglect, the foster care system, removal reasons, congregate care reduction, transition age youth, and racial disparity […]

Alignment Between Early Childhood and Child Welfare Systems Benefits Children and Families

A new report from Child Trends focuses on the importance of alignment between the child welfare and early childhood education systems and recommends better collaboration and coordination across systems to serve children and families.

Capitolwire: Governor Wolf’s child welfare budget proposals draw notice.

The Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, an advocacy group, suggests the above proposed targeted investments can support children and families in the long term after one-time federal COVID-19 pandemic stimulus funds are gone. “We are supportive of the $149 million increase for county welfare agencies, and the creation of the crisis response team to increase county […]