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Promoting Permanence
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Promoting PermanenceThe Porch Light Project strives to assure that a safe and loving family becomes a reality for every child. Birth families are where children belong, but when children can’t be made safe in their homes, an alternate permanent family becomes what they need. For most of us, our sense of belonging and security is grounded in our families. Unfortunately, too many children in Pennsylvania live in a family environment that threatens their safety and well-being. Our challenge is to intervene with families who do not keep their children safe, and strengthen their capacity to do so. We do this when families are in crisis or, preferably, before crisis occurs, and work to promote strategies that keep children safe and in their own homes. In instances when children cannot be made safe in their own homes, the complexity of the child welfare system’s mission is compounded when child removal is deemed necessary. Promoting permanence – building or re-building a birth family’s capacity to safely care for its own, or assuring another permanent family – requires a steadfast commitment to enacting effective public policies, overcoming challenges and implementing strategies that improve outcomes.

We are pleased to present this second 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 November 2008 and reflects the most recent data available. For more information, click here or contact KIDS COUNT Director Sandy Moore at

Press Release


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

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

Median Number of Months In Foster Care for Those in Care on March 31, 2008 and Median Number of Months in Foster Care for Those Who Exited Care Between October 1, 2007 and March 31, 2008 by Exit Outcome (PDF)

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

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

Number of Children in Foster Care by Type of Out-of-Home Placement Setting and By Age - March 2008 (PDF)

Number of Children in Foster Care Who Returned to Their Birth Families Between April 1, 2006 and March 31, 2007 and Re-Entered Foster Care Within 12 Months (PDF)

Number of Children in Foster Care Who Return to Their Birth Families Between April 1, 2005 and March 31, 2006 and Re-Enter Foster Care Within 12, 18, and 24 Months (PDF)

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

Number/Percentage of Children in Foster Care for 17 or More Months (by Case Plan Goal) without Terminated Parental Rights (TPR) & Freed for Adoption within the Following Six Months - March 2008 (PDF)


Family Group Decision Making (PDF)

Family Group Decision Making: Degree of Implementation (PDF)

Independent Living Programs (PDF)

Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (PDF)

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

Administrative Office of PA Courts (AOPC): Permanency Practice Initiative (PDF)

Community Based Child Abuse Prevention Programs (PDF)

Court Improvement Projects (PDF)


Proposed Amendments to the Public Welfare Code Child Welfare Provisions (PDF)


Media Coverage

Independence Day (PDF)
H Magazine - February 2009
Allegheny foster care places fewest children in 19 years (PDF)
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - January 12, 2009
Despite mandate, 20,000 children remain in extended foster care (PDF)
Uniontown Herald-Standard - January 5, 2009
Local child welfare agency scores well (PDF)
Pocono Record - December 7, 2008
Foster care: Does it deliver? (PDF)
Lancaster New Era - December 2, 2008
County seeks permanent homes for foster kids (PDF)
Hanover Evening Sun - December 1, 2008
Families help us overcome anything (PDF)
Harrisburg Patriot News - December 1, 2008
County does better at placing children (PDF)
Warren Times Observer - November 30, 2008
County looks for permanent homes (PDF)
York Daily Record - November 30, 2008
Troubled families of Franklin County -- Foster care: How long is too long? (PDF)
Chambersburg Public Opinion - November 29, 2008
Cumberland County foster parents say each situation is different, and the system seems to be working (PDF)
Carlisle Sentinel - November 23, 2008
Seeking permanence in foster care (PDF)
Carlisle Sentinel - November 23, 2008
Butler Eagle Editorial (PDF)
Butler Eagle - November 20, 2008
Limbo lessened for Bucks County’s foster kids (PDF)
Bucks County Courier Times - November 20, 2008
Agency releases report on children in foster care (PDF)
Bradford Era - November 19, 2008
Foster system faulted for not placing kids (PDF)
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - November 19, 2008
State foster care referrals on the rise (PDF)
Harrisburg Patriot News - November 19, 2008