Pennsylvania Moves to Find Families for Teens in Foster Care

Recent changes in a Penn­syl­va­nia law expand efforts to find sup­port­ive fam­i­lies and care­givers for teens in fos­ter care. The new pro­vi­sion improves recruit­ment prac­tices for fam­i­lies and helps pre­pare young peo­ple to thrive as they age out of fos­ter care and into adult­hood. The changes took effect on Jan­u­ary 2, 2023. “This is a huge win for more […]

PA Teens in Foster Care Await Outcome of ‘Permanency’ Bill

More than 5,500 children in foster care in Pennsylvania are age 14 or older, and House Bill 1866 outlines the steps county child-welfare agencies must take to help them make a smooth transition to adulthood with support from caregivers or family members. Kari King, president and CEO of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, said it is important to […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]