Monday, March 19, 2018
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Kinship Caregiver Navigator Program Introduced
PPC has been working closely with state Representatives Kathy Watson and Eddie Day Pashinski to create legislation establishing the Kinship Caregiver Navigator Program and we’re proud to announce House Bill 2133 was introduced this week.
The program will be a vital resource to kinship caregivers because for the first time ever, there will be a one-stop shop for them to find information about state and federal resources available to them, along with a 24-hour hotline they can call for assistance. The bill also provides for training for Kinship Caregiver Navigators.
PPC joined Representative Pashinski, Representative Watson and other state officials and advocates at a press conference to unveil the bill on Monday, and the creation of the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Caucus and emergency guardianship legislation also were announced.
Tell Us Your StoryTwo grandmothers who are caring for their grandchildren told stories about the challenges they face as caregivers, one following the tragic loss of a child to opioid addiction and another struggling to find what resources are available to her and her granddaughter.
If you are a kinship caregiver or know a grandparent or other close family relative raising children outside of the foster care system who would benefit from this new program, we would like to hear your story. Email Ashleigh Brunsink at ABrunsink@papartnerships.org.
We expect the bill to see movement when the House returns to session on April 9th, and we’ll keep you posted in future updates.
Friday, March 16, 2018
Anyone know these boys? Another place to farm out children to strangers. Guess this explains why Judy Schwank ignores the corruption (Kids for Cash) in Children and Youth Services and our family courts. She may be part of the child trafficking network
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
A debate sparked by the free-range parenting movement has drawn attention to the threats and intrusions poor, minority families have long endured.
Saturday, March 3, 2018
State Submits Goals for Improving Child Welfare System
In 2017, Pennsylvania participated in the most recent round of the federal Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSR), a collaborative effort with the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) that helps states identify strengths and challenges within child welfare systems.
A random sample of 65 cases were selected and reviewed across seven counties (Butler, Centre, Lehigh, Lycoming, Mercer, Northampton and Philadelphia). In addition, interviews were conducted with 17 different stakeholder groups.
Overall, Pennsylvania was found not to be in substantial conformity with the seven safety, permanency and well-being outcomes, which review things like a caseworker’s timeliness in goal planning, the appropriateness of a child’s permanency goal or an agency’s efforts to find family connections for foster care placements. Pennsylvania also only achieved substantial conformity on five of the seven systemic factors, which includes things like workforce turnover and caseworker training.
Strengths for Pennsylvania included a commitment to continuous quality improvement, a willingness to share data with stakeholders, efforts to ensure siblings are placed together in foster care and increased use of relatives and kin as placement options.
As required, Pennsylvania then developed a Program Improvement Plan (PIP) to address areas in need of improvement and identified four key areas:
- Workforce, or attaining and maintaining skilled and responsive child welfare professionals.
- Engagement, or developing and maintaining trust-based working relationships with children and their families and increasing family participation in planning and support efforts.
- Assessment, or gathering and sharing information so that the team working with the family has a common big picture understanding of the strengths, challenges, needs, and underlying issues of the child and family.
- Planning/monitoring, or continuous analysis and
evaluation of the impact and effectiveness of the plan and modifying