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The State of Child Welfare
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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.

Press Release
Number of Children Living in Foster Care Declining in State (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  

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ABA Barriers to Permanency Project

AOPC Permanency Practice Initiative

Community Based Child Abuse Prevention Programs

Family Group Decision Making

Independent Living Programs

Integrated Children's Services Plan

Legal Services Initiative

National Governor's Association: PA Child Welfare Policy Academy to Achieve Safe Reduction

Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network


Media Coverage

Work harder to rescue children (PDF)
Sunbury Daily Item - October 5, 2010
Child advocates laud Monroe and Pike anti-abuse, foster programs (PDF)
Pocono Record - October 5, 2010
Schuylkill child welfare reports mixed (PDF)
Hazleton Standard Speaker - October 1, 2010
Experts: Child welfare reports mixed in county (PDF)
Pottsville Republican & Herald - September 26, 2010
Fewer children in foster care (PDF)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - September 25, 2010
County shows fewer children in foster care (PDF)
Williamsport Sun-Gazette - September 24, 2010
Foster care placements falter in county and beyond (PDF)
Lebanon Daily News - September 24, 2010
Report: Fewer children placed in foster care in York County (PDF)
York Dispatch - September 24, 2010
Bucks and Montco get good marks from child welfare group (PDF)
Doylestown Intelligencer - September 22, 2010
Positive trends seen in foster care statistics (PDF)
Washington, PA Observer-Reporter - September 22, 2010
Fewer in foster care, says study (PDF)
Wilkes-Barre Times Leader - September 22, 2010
Fewer children going into foster care in county, across Pennsylvania (PDF)
Wilkes-Barre Citizen's Voice- September 22, 2010
Report: OCY placing fewer kids in foster care (PDF)
Erie Times News - September 22, 2010
Report: Number Of Pa. Kids In Foster Care Declines (PDF)
Associated Press - September 21, 2010
Fewer kids in foster care in Pennsylvania, Allegheny County (PDF)
Pittsburgh Tribune Review - September 21, 2010
Local counties make significant progress in child welfare (PDF)
Bradford Era - September 20, 2010