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Forever Family For Every Child
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Forever Family For Every ChildEvery child has the right to grow up in a home where he or she feels safe and part of a loving and nurturing family. The Porch Light Project, an initiative of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, is a guiding light for policy change for thousands of children who have been "placed out of home," or removed from their families following reports of child abuse, neglect or abandonment. The Porch Light Project strives to implement public policies that help assure a "forever family for every child"- a home where the porch light is always left on to guide and welcome a child home. The Project's mission is to strengthen families in order to reduce the risk of child abuse; assure that children have maximum stability when they must be removed from their homes; assure that a forever or permanent family becomes the reality for every child; and, to place equal emphasis on children who are abused regardless of their age - including youth who are approaching adulthood.

We are pleased to present this first report in a series of reports on the child welfare system. Below is a list of other resources that accompany this report. If you have any questions about this publication, please contact Todd Lloyd, MSW, Child Welfare Director, at Media inquiries can be directed to Kathy Geller Myers, Communications Director, or 717-236-5680.

This report was released in September 2008 and reflects the most recent data available. For more information, click here or contact KIDS COUNT Director Sandy Moore at

Press Release


Child Welfare at a Glance
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Data Tables
Child Abuse Status of Evaluation, Rates of Reporting and Substantiation, 2006-2007 (PDF)

Children Discharged to Reunification in 12-Month Period Prior to Target Year and Number Who Re-Entered Foster Care Within Twelve Months of Discharge By Age, April 1, 2007 Through March 31, 2008 (PDF)

Families Receiving Services in Their Homes October 1, 2007 through March 31, 2008 (PDF)

Median Length of Stay, March 2008 (PDF)

Number of Children in the Foster Care by Age, March 2008 (PDF)

Number of Children Foster Care by Permanency Goal, March 2008 (PDF)

Number of Children in Foster Care by Race and Ethnicity and Child Population Race and Ethnicity, March 2008 (PDF)

Number of Children in Foster Care by Type of Placement, March 2008 (PDF)

Number of Youth Aged 18 to 20 Aging Out of Foster Care October 1, 2007 through March 2008 (PDF)

Placement Stability - Number of Placements by Total Time in Care for All Children, October 1, 2007 Through March 31, 2008 (PDF)


Family Group Decision Making (PDF)

Independent Living Programs (PDF)

Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (PDF)

Systems of Care/Integrated Children’s Service Plan (PDF)

Community Based Child Abuse Prevention Programs (PDF)

Court Improvement Projects (PDF)


-Click here for a list of Citations/Sources

Promising Child Welfare Practices in Pennsylvania (PDF)


Media Coverage

Most in foster care are teens (PDF)
Hanover Evening Sun - September 20, 2008
Armstrong County's foster care services get good marks: report (PDF)
Armstrong Leader Times - September 18, 2008
Foster care in Erie making strides (PDF)
Erie Times News - September 18, 2008
Outlining positives, negatives in foster care system (PDF)
Oxford Tribune - September 17, 2008
Local youth services branches get mixed reviews (PDF)
Washington Observer-Reporter - September 16, 2008
Luzerne County child welfare draws praise, but some needs are seen (PDF)
Wilkes-Barre Times Leader - September 16, 2008
OCY chief targets failure rate (PDF)
Erie Times News - September 15, 2008
Pa. report praises and faults C&Y foster care (PDF)
Pocono Record - September 15, 2008
Percentage of black children in foster care alarming (PDF)
Erie Times News - September 15, 2008
Children spend too much time in foster care, group contends (PDF)
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - September 13, 2008
Foster care is revolving door for many kids (PDF)
Allentown Morning Call - September 12, 2008
Children trapped in system (PDF)
York Daily Record - September 11, 2008
County foster care re-entry rate second-highest in state (PDF)
Williamsport Sun Gazette - September 11, 2008
Report finds too many Pa. children remain too long in foster care (PDF)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - September 11, 2008
Report: Kids bounce back to foster homes if family problems not addressed (PDF)
Philadelphia Daily News - September 11, 2008
Report on DHS hits return rate (PDF)
Philadelphia Inquirer - September 11, 2008
Report: Some children languish in foster care (PDF)
Carlisle Sentinel - September 11, 2008
Results for Berks are mixed in state study of foster care (PDF)
Reading Eagle - September 11, 2008
Study cites foster program shortfalls (PDF)
Harrisburg Patriot-News - September 11, 2008
Phila. kids re-enter foster care at ‘extremely high rates’ (PDF)
Philadelphia Inquirer - September 10, 2008
Report reveals status of McKean County’s foster care system (PDF)
The Bradford Era - September 10, 2008
Report: Some Pa. children languish in foster care (PDF)
AP - September 10, 2008