New child welfare report shows a rise in neglect and abuse across PA

The annual State of Child Welfare report was released on Wednesday, highlighting the number of gaps that exist in the child welfare system. The report shows reports of child abuse and neglect are going up. In 2022, there were 1,000 more child abuse or child protective services (CPS) compared to 2021. In 2022 there were […]

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 […]

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 […]