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The State of Child Welfare
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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.

Are counties keeping children safe in their homes so fewer children ever have to enter foster care? Are they placing children in the foster care settings that increase the likelihood of a permanent family for every child? Are they taking the necessary steps to assure children who won’t be reunified with their birth families are adopted as soon as possible? Are they preventing children from repeat abuse or reentry into foster care placement? “The State of Child Welfare” will help measure progress over time as well as shine a light on areas that need improvement so that Pennsylvania’s commitment to a “forever family for every child” will one day become reality.

This report was released in November 2009 and reflects the most recent data available. For more information, click here or contact KIDS COUNT Director Sandy Moore at

Press Release
Report Shows How Counties Fare in Serving Kids in Child Welfare System (PDF)

Promising Child Welfare Practices in Pennsylvania
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Click here for a list of Citations/Sources (PDF)


County Tables

ALL PA COUNTIES Delaware County Montgomery County
Adams County Elk County Montour County
Allegheny County Erie County Northampton County
Armstrong County Fayette County Northumberland County
Beaver County Forest County Perry County
Bedford County Franklin County Philadelphia County
Berks County Fulton County Pike County
Blair County Greene County Potter County
Bradford County Huntingdon County Schuylkill County
Bucks County Indiana County Snyder County
Butler County Jefferson County Somerset County
Cambria County Juniata County Sullivan County
Cameron County Lackawanna County Susquehanna County
Carbon County Lancaster County Tioga County
Centre County Lawrence County Union County
Chester County Lebanon County Venango County
Clarion County Lehigh County Warren County
Clearfield County Luzerne County Washington County
Clinton County Lycoming County Wayne County
Columbia County McKean County Westmoreland County
Crawford County Mercer County Wyoming County
Cumberland County Mifflin County York County
Dauphin County Monroe County  

Child Welfare Policy Academy: Safely Reducing the Number of Children in Foster Care (PDF)

Community Based Child Abuse Programs (PDF)

Court Improvement Projects (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)


Media Coverage

Northampton, Lehigh counties' child welfare systems operating well, report says (PDF)
Easton Express-Times - December 10, 2009
Child welfare study finds Lehigh and Northampton counties reducing the number of kids in foster care (PDF)
Easton Express-Times - December 10, 2009
Report: County child abuse higher than state average (PDF)
Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader - December 10, 2009
Report: McKean County child abuse rates more than twice state average (PDF)
Bradford Era - December 9, 2009
Safety net for kids gets high marks (PDF)
Centre Daily Times - December 9, 2009
Report says DHS doing better job with foster kids (PDF)
Philadelphia Daily News- December 9, 2009
Nearly 25% of Phila. foster children live with kin (PDF)
Philadelphia Inquirer - December 9, 2009
Allegheny excels at reuniting foster children, families (PDF)
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - December 9, 2009
Counties excel at reuniting foster children, families (PDF)
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - December 9, 2009
State report on foster care gives Berks system mixed grades (PDF)
Reading Eagle - December 9, 2009
Local counties receive 'good' rating in child welfare report (PDF)
Washington Observer-Reporter - December 9, 2009
Report: York County reunites more children with families (PDF)
York Daily Record - December 8, 2009
State's child welfare system rated (PDF)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - December 8, 2009
Report: Local counties surpass state average in moving children through welfare system (PDF)
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - December 8, 2009