• Pennsylvania,  placed,  policy updates

    About the Children: Policy Updates from Pennsylvania

    Good morning again! PA HB 1653 – We’ve been watching this bill since it was first introduced back in October.   It went before the Governor on Tuesday. S 449 – This bill is being considered in the House after passing the Senate.  It spent a long time in committee, but it’s had its second consideration at this point.  It mandates that magisterial judges use risk assessment tools to determine whether an alleged abuser needs to remain in jail instead of being out on house arrest to await trial.  Assuming the risk assessment tools are used effectively (sort of a big ask, but it’s got to be better than nothing) this would help protect abuse…

  • Pennsylvania,  placed,  policy updates

    About the Children: Policy Updates from Pennsylvania

    Some items of note that have been introduced in the various legislatures this week: PA -State House House Bill 1745 -This is huge!  Write your legislators about this bill!  This could be so great for kids in foster and adoptive care! Creates a tuition and fee waiver program for youth who are in foster care, who were adopted from the foster care system, or who have “aged out” of foster care, to be made available by State-supported postsecondary educational institutions, including State-owned universities, State-related universities, community colleges, and other State-aided postsecondary educational institutions. Sets forth eligibility criteria for participation in the program, including the maintenance of satisfactory progress in postsecondary educational work. Requires a coordinated effort by State agencies…

  • Pennsylvania,  placed,  policy updates

    About the Children: Policy Updates from Pennsylvania

    Some items of note that have been introduced in the various legislatures this week: PA -State House House Bill 1707– An Act amending Title 23 (Domestic Relations) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in child protective services, further providing for mandatory reporting of children under one year of age. (“Reporting Substance-Exposed Infants”) House Bill 1712– An Act amending Title 35 (Health and Safety) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in prescribing opioids to minors, providing for prescribing opioids to individuals and further providing for definitions, for prohibition and for procedure. (“Limiting Opioid Prescriptions”) House Resolution 444– A Resolution directing the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a study on the use of restraints on pregnant women and…

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