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House Approves Delozier Child Protection Bill Relating to PFA Proceedings
HARRISBURG –Several bills aiming to safeguard Pennsylvania children from incidences of child abuse were unanimously approved by the state House today, including a measure, introduced by Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland), which would require Pennsylvania courts to have information regarding whether a child has been abused in Protection from Abuse (PFA) actions.

Delozier’s bill, 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 the courts will know that a PFA order issued may have a legal impact on the defendant in the realm of child abuse.
“This package of bills is about making sure we’ve closed the loopholes and overcome communication obstacles in relation to safeguarding our children and victims of child abuse,” said Delozier. “My bill specifically deals with making sure all information on child abuse is shared with all parties involved in the PFA process– courts, health care professionals, law enforcement, children and youth caseworkers and others – so everyone is on the same page, and we can, as a whole, provide better protection and early intervention.”

Additionally, Delozier reminded the public that anyone – at any time – can report concerns or suspicions about child abuse by calling the ChildLine hotline at 1-800-932-0313.

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 is one of seven bills drafted in response to the task force report. House Bill 328 now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Representative Sheryl Delozier
88th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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