COVID isn’t over — we still need protections for children

As American families struggle to rebound from the health and financial impacts of the pandemic, some of the protections put in place to shield children and families will wind down when the Biden administration ends its declaration of public health emergency (PHE), currently set to expire on July 15. We will know by May 16 whether or not Health […]

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 […]

Foster care nightmare cases aren’t the norm. But the norm still fails to meet the need in PA.

Because poverty-related issues are often what pulls children from their homes, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, a child advocacy organization, supports the idea of more state and federal funds being used to ease those burdens. “More often than not, children and families that come to the attention of child welfare and then come into placement are for […]

Pa. State-of-Child Welfare report on Smart Talk

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a great impact on everyone, but especially on vulnerable children. The Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children annual State of Child Welfare Report showed declines in the number of child abuse or neglect reports and children in the foster care system. However, the numbers are from 2020 during the height of the […]

Lancaster County child abuse, neglect reports down but confirmed cases up

Child abuse and neglect cases declined 28% in Lancaster County in 2020, but the number of substantiated cases reached the highest level in five years, according to a new Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children report. In 2020, 14.1% of the cases investigated were substantiated in Lancaster County. In 2019, the substantiation rate was 9.2%. “You had […]