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House Judiciary Committee Approves Delozier Bill to Notify Courts of Child Abuse Allegations in PFA Proceedings
2/6/2013
HARRISBURG — As a result of the recommendations made by the Task Force on Child Protection, the House Judiciary Committee today approved legislation, sponsored by Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland), which would require courts have a complete record regarding whether a child subject to a Protection From Abuse (PFA) proceeding has been abused or is the subject of a child abuse investigation.

“In light of recent events, it is clear that we must address any inadequacies relating to the laws regarding response to child abuse to ensure the victims get the assistance they need,” said Delozier. “Ultimately, this bill breaks down barriers of communication in our judicial system.”

Specifically, House Bill 328 would require a plaintiff in a PFA case to notify the courts if he or she has knowledge of a child abuse investigation so that the courts will know that a PFA order issued may have a legal impact on the defendant in the realm of child abuse. The petition would also set forth the name of the investigative agency.

“The Task Force on Child Protection stated in its report that courts deciding PFA cases need to know whether a child has been abused or whether there is a perpetrator living in the child’s home, to ensure the well-being of the child, and so an appropriate order can be produced,” said Delozier. “Hence, my legislation amends current law in a way that supports the recommendation by the task force.”

The Task Force on Child Protection, established in December 2011, was charged with conducting a comprehensive review of the laws and procedures relating to the health and safety of children. In the task force’s 400-plus-page report, it recommended changes to the primary mechanism for reporting and investigating child abuse, the Child Protective Services Law. In addition, the task force recommended changes to the Crimes Code, the Domestic Relations Code, and the Protection from Abuse Act.
Delozier’s bill was one of seven bills passed out of the House Judiciary Committee in response to the task force report.

Representative Sheryl Delozier
88th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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