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The State of Child Welfare 2014
The State of Child WelfareThe "2014 State of Child Welfare" report finds Pennsylvania has experienced several positive trends in the past five years as it works to improve its child welfare system, but more work remains. As the commonwealth enacts new laws to better protect our kids, our child welfare system needs to be in a position to effectively handle the potential increase of children and families that need help. The family-focused child welfare strategies that Pennsylvania has been using in recent years are working, and we need to build on them. Click here for more information.
 

The State of Child Welfare 2013
The State of Child WelfarePennsylvania Partnerships for Children's "State of Child Welfare" report was first issued in 2009 as a way to educate and monitor, through the use of data, how well Pennsylvania's child welfare system is performing in meeting the needs of children and families in the system. The report has included comprehensive data for each of the commonwealth's 67 counties, including information on foster care placements, children leaving or re-entering foster care, and efforts to reunify children with parents. Click here for more information.
 

The State of Child Welfare 2012
The State of Child WelfareThe high-profile events of the past year understandably have put child abuse at the forefront of public policy discussions. This has led to an unprecedented — and long overdue — look at how we can better protect our children from harm and help those who already have suffered abuse or neglect. Click here for more information.
 


Maximizing "Fostering Connections" to Benefit Pennsylvania Youth

The State of Child Welfare 2011Maximizing "Fostering Connections" to Benefit Pennsylvania's Youth examines the societal and fiscal benefits Pennsylvania can achieve by fully implementing the federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. The report, released in February 2012, concludes that implementing Fostering Connections can help more youth achieve permanency through adoption or legal guardianship and can help those who stay in foster care until age 21 make a successful transition to adulthood, while decreasing costs to the commonwealth.
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The State of Child Welfare 2011
The State of Child WelfarePennsylvania has taken a comprehensive, family-focused approach in recent years to reduce the number of children in foster care and provide more services to keep children in their homes. The State of Child Welfare report for 2011 provides evidence this strategy is working.
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The State of Child Welfare 2010
The State of Child WelfareChild safety is mission central for the child welfare system. In recent years Pennsylvania state government officials and their county partners who are responsible for the child welfare system have built on their commitment to child safety with a visionary and aggressive goal: to safely reduce the number of children in foster care and ensure that every child benefits from a safe, stable and permanent family. In our inaugural issue of the State of Child Welfare published last year we posed some fundamental questions about how well Pennsylvania state and county governments were doing to meet this goal. Now we have the data to assess our progress.
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The State of Child Welfare 2009
Executive Summary (PDF)
The State of Child WelfareHow well are Pennsylvania and county governments doing to assure safe, stable and permanent families for all children? This inaugural review of the performance of our child welfare systems provides a data overview to help examine the facts and gauge our efforts to meet the needs of our most vulnerable children.
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Children of Color and Pennsylvania's Child Welfare System
Executive Summary (PDF)
Children of Color and Pennsylvania's Child Welfare SystemAll children deserve the safety and security of being raised in loving and permanent families, free from abuse and neglect. Yet a great disparity exists in Pennsylvania's foster care system: African American children are six times more likely to be in foster care than white children and Latino children are three times more likely to be in foster care.
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Growing Up and Aging Out
Executive Summary (PDF)
Growing Up and Aging OutYouth in foster care need safe, stable and permanent families. Children don't just need their families when they are young. Family plays a critical role throughout childhood but that support continues into adulthood. For most children, their parents teach them right from wrong, help them in school, support them as they learn how to make friends and manage relationships. In most families, when a child turns 18, he or she goes off to college, trade school, work or the military. But amidst holiday breaks and summer vacations, most youth have a home to return to and parents to support and guide them for a lifetime – parents who will be there to cheer them on at their college graduation, co-sign a loan to help them buy a car or a house, walk them down the aisle, and celebrate the birth of grandchildren.
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Promoting Permanence
Executive Summary (PDF)
Promoting PermanencePennsylvania Partnerships for Children (PPC) released a new report Nov. 13 on the challenges and solutions to promoting a safe and permanent home for all children in the foster care system. The report shows a large number of children still in foster care after 17 months despite a legal requirement that they be released for adoption. Approximately 5,500 children (of 20,000 children in care annually) living in foster care in Pennsylvania have been in placement for more than 17 months but have not been freed for adoption. Only a little more than 10 percent of these children will be released for adoption within the next six months.
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Forever Family For Every Child
Executive Summary (PDF)
Forever Family For Every ChildThe Porch Light Project will work to spearhead public policy reforms that ensure all children grow up in families where their needs for safety, permanency and well-being are met and to build the political will - including strong and visible leadership, appropriate financing, and sound public policies - to make this vision of a "forever family for every child" a reality.
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