Gov Signs Improvements to Child-Protection Laws

Gov. Tom Corbett on Monday signed into law three bills designed to improve Pennsylvania’s child-protection laws.

Gov. Tom Corbett signs into law Monday three bills to strengthen Pennsylvania's child-protection laws. (Photo courtesy of the Governor's Office)
Gov. Tom Corbett signs into law Monday three bills to strengthen Pennsylvania's child-protection laws. (Photo courtesy of the Governor's Office)

Gov. Tom Corbett on Monday signed into law three bills designed to improve Pennsylvania’s child-protection laws.

“The bills I am signing into law today are another step forward in the fight to end child abuse.” Corbett said. “Today, Pennsylvania says, ‘no more’ to child abuse.”

The three bills signed into law Monday were:

  • Senate Bill 24, which creates a statewide database and allows for electronic reporting to make easier mandatory reporting of child abuse.
  • House Bill 89, which ends the DARE Fund, supported by the sale of DARE license plates. Any remaining funds will be given to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to award grants to child advocacy centers.
  • House Bill 316, which establishes the Child Advocacy Center Advisory Committee that will approve and distribute grants to child advocacy centers and multidisciplinary investigative teams.

“Today we send a strong message to all that children in Pennsylvania will be protected, and that protection is everyone's responsibility,” Public Welfare Secretary Beverly Mackereth said.

tamarya April 08, 2014 at 11:07 AM
In otherwords it is okay to corrupt them on school grounds and they probably are not included in these laws.
tamarya April 08, 2014 at 11:16 AM
And i can give you a useless report. When our son was first born the hospital was treating my husband like crap the whole time there and he finally voiced his opinion, no worst than people do in grocery stores, however because he did they felt he was a threat to me and the baby and kicked him off the mother and baby unit and the only way i could take our son home was by allowing c&y in. All because my husband spoke. And this was in 03 and now they want laws harsher.
tamarya April 08, 2014 at 11:18 AM
Now ask me if you think that made me excited to have our first born. Do you think that brought the joy right out in being a parent, when since the case was open we were stuck with them at least a yr for nothing.
Harriet Laurin April 08, 2014 at 12:05 PM
@Tamarya - first, I'm sorry you had a bad experience with the hospital staff (whichever hospital that was). Comparing hospital staff to grocery workers is entirely different; hospital staff are mandated reporters, while grocery workers are not. If the hospital staff felt you and/or the baby potentially could be threatened by your husband (even if it was based on a momentarily heated verbal exchange), then they were required to report that. It is one way to help those who are in domestic abuse situations to realize that there is help - not saying that was the situation in your case, but it's one way that domestic abuse situations are sometimes intervened. Second, everyone has a right to voice their opinion - but HOW is often just as important as anything else - always remember that if a gentle "hey, I don't understand or feel comfortable with how you are treating me" doesn't work with the rank-and-file staff - go up the chain to the Patient Representative/Relationship Manager and you're much more likely to get the results you want without a whole lot of drama (months of parents being in hospitals taught me this). Third - not sure why CYS stayed involved for an entire year, unless a caseworker still had concerns about the risk level. Usually, they'll do a 60-day safety plan or short-term Family Service Plan and if there's no issues, they move onto more pressing cases. Fourth - as far as the school goes, I'd take that up the ladder - politely - to administration. If it's a school-supplied tablet, there should be appropriate application and content filters to significantly reduce the risk of situation such as you describe. If there isn't, and the administration doesn't take you seriously, go to the PTA, take it from the closed-door office discussion to the media. And in the meantime, get in the habit (if you aren't already) of checking your daughter's tablet for inappropriate use (check things like browsing history, etc. too). And obviously, if the pedophile has been informed that he was conversing with a 9-year-old, see if he reaches back out to her - because once he's made aware that she isn't 18, then he would be in legal trouble for further contact.
Nathaniel Prentice April 08, 2014 at 04:02 PM
It is interesting to see that it has taken until he is tanking in the polls for him to do anything other than cut education, public welfare (including child protection-related funds), and Medicaid/food stamps, etc. while giving frackers who pollute what used to be our best resource free tax-free rein. The electronic filing will help. We used to have to fill out a form and pray the fax machine was working. This should speed up the process. However, it is too little, too late, Governor. Don't forget to shut the door on the way out.


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