Kinship Care in Pennsylvania: Creating an Equitable System for Families

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Juvenile Law Center collaborated with Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, Community Legal Services, Children’s Advocacy Clinic at Penn State Dickinson Law, and Temple Legal Aid Office to on the recently issued Report, Kinship Care in Pennsylvania: Creating an Equitable System for FamiliesThis Report provides information on the importance of formal and informal kinship care and family connections to children and youth. It also details the state of kinship care in Pennsylvania and the need to improve the supports provided to kin through the child welfare system and in the community. The Report also provides the vital perspective of young people and kinship caregivers on their recommendations for reform. Finally, the Report includes recommendations for action that Pennsylvania can take to provide better support for kinship caregivers and to create a more equitable child welfare system. 

About the Expert

Jennifer Pokempner is a Senior Attorney at Juvenile Law Center. At Juvenile Law Center, her work focuses on improving outcomes and opportunities for older youth in the foster care system through policy and legal advocacy at the local, state, and national levels.

Hopkins facilitates Juvenile Law Center’s Youth Advocacy Program: Youth Fostering Change, Juveniles for Justice, and the Youth Speakers Bureau. She also works closely with our attorneys on various policy-focused projects related to foster youth and transition-aged youth.