Pennsylvania is seeing fewer older youth in foster care — but experts say too many are still entering the system because of behavioral issues compared to the rest of the country.
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]