VIDEO: Gov. Wolf signs bill that would increase penalties for those who endanger children

VIDEO: Gov. Wolf signs bill that would increase penalties for those who endanger children

At a press conference Thursday morning Gov. Tom Wolf signed House Bill 217, a bill that would increase penalties for those who endanger children.

This bill will now be Act 12 and will strengthen Pennsylvania’s child endangerment laws to help protect children from abuse.
Thursday, June 29, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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DHS touts improvements to ChildLine

DHS touts improvements to ChildLine

The Department of Human Services Thursday announced a number of improvements to ChildLine, its child abuse alert call center, that have had an effect on response and processing times.

 

In addition, the department announced improvements have been made to the background check system that many professionals and volunteers must undergo before being able to interact with children.

Thursday, September 15, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Child Advocacy Center Funding, Abuse Report Database Bills Become Law While More Work Remains on Child Protection Recommendations

Child Advocacy Center Funding, Abuse Report Database Bills Become Law While More Work Remains on Child Protection Recommendations

Three bills stemming from the report of the Task Force on Child Protection were signed into law this morning by Gov. Tom Corbett.

House Bill 89 and House Bill 316 would create a funding stream for Child Advocacy Centers. Senate Bill 24 would create a statewide database for the collection of reports of suspected child abuse from mandated reporters.

“Today we send a strong message to all, that children in Pennsylvania will be protected, and that protection is everyone's responsibility,” said Bev Mackereth, Secretary of the Department of Public Welfare and member or the Task Force on Child Protection.

“We clearly need to punish those who victimize our children,” said Gov. Corbett. “But we also need to heal the children and to break that cycle of victimization.”

Gov. Corbett detailed how the needs and methods of protecting children have changed since his career began.

“A child advocacy center back then would have been a great help. We all know that. But, thankfully, they will be a great help in the days ahead for a new generation of young people,” Gov. Corbett said. “These centers make prosecution possible, but just as importantly, they recognize that treatment and healing are equally important.”

Despite the signing of these three bills, two more bills encompassing recommendations from the task force remain on the legislative schedule and are anticipated to be voted on this week.

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Monday, April 7, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
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