Pa.’s child welfare system is ‘exhausted,’ new report concludes | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 30, 2022

New research highlights the stresses on the state's 'under-resourced' child welfare system.

Keeping families that are enduring hard times together is hard but usually benefits children. Westend61 via Getty Images

The U.S. child welfare system is falling short because of persistent child poverty | Opinion

BY: - July 22, 2022

Many child welfare policies actually make life harder for the parents and children swept up in the system.

The Pennsylvania Children and Youth Administrators Association and the Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth and Family Services held a news conference in the Pennsylvania Capitol rotunda on Monday, 6/6/22 to mark Child Welfare Professionals Awareness Week and Child Welfare Providers (Capitsl-Star photo by Christina Baker).

Advocates, families rally for child welfare workers

BY: - June 6, 2022

In 2016, Rosemary Laroe got a call that her grandchildren had been removed from their parents’ care in Philadelphia.  Jordan Laroe, one of the children, was 11 years old at the time.  “I was a truant, I was homeless, and squatting in a random house with [my parents],” Laroe said. “I may have nothing good […]


Report paints uncertain picture of Pa. child welfare system in pandemic | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - December 8, 2021

As expected, child protective service reports declined during the pandemic, but the substantiation rate for those reports was the highest in the last five years.


Report: Pandemic exposed deep disparities in health coverage for Pa. kids | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - November 5, 2021

While threats to safety net programs existed before the pandemic, newly released data shows the pandemic's 'disproportional impacts ... by race and ethnicity on Pennsylvania households with children'


Pa. needs to fix child abuse registry errors that turn into permanent barriers to employment | Opinion

BY: - November 17, 2020

The child abuse registry is a racial and economic justice issue that cannot be ignored. Pennsylvania must once again be a leader on removing unnecessary and onerous barriers to employment.


Want to stop the turnover among child welfare workers? The Pa. House can pass this important bill | Opinion

BY: - March 13, 2020

The bill forgives student loans up to $50,000 for child welfare workers who remain in a child welfare agency for three years after finishing their degree.