The State of Child Welfare 2013
Pennsylvania 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.
While these annual reports had compared data from one year to the next to gauge changes in the child welfare system, PPC believes a longer-term comparison might provide a better perspective on the progress the commonwealth and its counties are making towards the goal of providing safe, stable and permanent families for all children in Pennsylvania. To that end, we will be issuing an improved "State of Child Welfare" report in early 2014 that provides a five-year perspective on the performance of the child welfare system.
Because of our plans for a new, more comprehensive report, we have opted not to print a 2013 "State of Child Welfare" report. Instead, we are making all the state-level and county-based data that would have been incorporated into that annual report available online.
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