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Bucks County Herald: Kudos to teens for taking stand on social media

The future is in good hands with teenagers like Max Jin, Luka Jonjic, and Dylan Schwartz. The three Central Bucks South High School students recently worked with state Rep. Brian Munroe, D-144, to create legislation to protect children and youth on social media (“Central Bucks South students help craft social media bill,” Feb. 12). On […]

WTAE (Pittsburgh): Fayette County parents arrested for allegedly abusing daughter and keeping her locked in a dog crate

Parents of a 6-year-old girl were arrested after state police say they abused, starved, and locked her up in a dog crate. Jacob Weight Jr. and Mimi Frost were arrested Tuesday morning. The two are charged with unlawful restraint of a minor, aggravated assault and child neglect as well as several other charges. This all […]

PA Newsmakers: Youth Mental Health Crisis, Social Media, and Family Digital Wellness

Justin Donofrio, Prevention Services Manager for the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance, joined host Terry Madonna to discuss the youth mental health crisis, social media & mental health, and family digital wellness. From PA Newsmakers, February 4, 2024

Centre Daily Times: Is your child old enough to start babysitting? Here’s how it works in Pennsylvania

Babysitting is becoming increasingly common across the U.S. as busy parents try to find care arrangements for their children. A 2019 study from the National Center for Education Statistics, for example, found roughly 59% of children ages 5 and younger and not yet enrolled in kindergarten were in at least one nonparental care arrangement each […]

WHP: PA officials work to address racial disparities in Child Welfare

Nationwide and in Pennsylvania, there are racial disparities in the child welfare system, meaning kids and families of different races or ethnicities could have different experiences in the system. A 2021 Racial Equity report from DHS says, “Black children represent 35 percent of Pennsylvania’s foster care population, despite accounting for just 13 percent of children […] Grandparents raising grandkids: ‘Unless you live it, you don’t know it’

It’s estimated that more than 100,000 grandparents now are raising their grandchildren in Pennsylvania, according to a statewide organization working to get more resources for those people in the new year. “The grandparents get nothing,” Beth, a 71-year-old grandmother from northeast Pennsylvania who raised one grandson and now is raising another. She asked that her […]

WHP Harrisburg: New bill helping to strengthen kinship providers program in PA

In Iris Mummert’s case we told you about how court documents indicated her foster mother wanted to have more of a voice throughout hearings. Three years after Mummert was killed by her biological mother, a newly signed law is working to take a step in the right direction to hear from family members in court […]

WHP Harrisburg: A new Pennsylvania law brings more rights to kinship caregivers in the child welfare system

A newly signed law is working to take a step in the right direction to hear from family members in court hearings about what could be in the child’s best interest. The law is giving more rights specifically to what’s called kinship caregivers. Kinship providers or caregivers are essentially foster parents, but one the child […]

Nation World: Department Of Human Services Promotes Research Focused On Suicide Prevention

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) today released the latest issue of Positive Approaches Journal, which aims to provide the latest research and resources for people with mental health and behavioral challenges, intellectual disabilities, autism, and other developmental disabilities to live everyday lives. This edition focuses on recent research on suicide risk and prevention […]

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: As substance abuse rises, need for additional programs comes into focus, experts say

Jillian Hauser spent more than a decade addicted to drugs, went through six rounds of rehab, did time in jail and lost custody of her two daughters. She hit bottom when Westmoreland County Judge Meagan Bilik-DeFazio offered her one last chance to regain control of her life through the county’s drug court, a rigorous program […]

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