child abuse

A recent report from the state of Pennsylvania found child abuse and neglect-related fatalities and near fatalities rose in the commonwealth in the first 10 months of the pandemic. 

In the first 10 months of the pandemic, Pennsylvania saw a significant increase in child fatalities and near-fatalities stemming from abuse and neglect. 

More Pennsylvania children in foster care are being placed with family members or someone they know. At a press conference on Thursday, officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services said in 2019, 38.7% of kids in foster care were placed in “kinship care.”

A state senate committee has approved a measure to give sexual abuse survivors up to two years to sue their abusers if their cases were timed out of the legal system.

Reports of child abuse are down in Lehigh County. The decline in referrals to the county’s Children and Youth Services started last March when the pandemic forced Pennsylvania to shutter its schools.


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