Penn’s Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research
Contributing to child protection laws
Penn’s Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research contributed recommendations for changes to child-abuse-reporting procedures and laws in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania’s Task Force on Child Protection invited more than 60 experts to provide testimony during public hearings to establish these new recommendations. Cindy Christian, Professor of Pediatrics in the Perelman School of Medicine, Endowed Chair in the Prevention of Child Abuse at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and faculty director at the Field Center, participated in the Task Force, while Debra Schilling Wolfe, the executive director of the Center, and Richard J. Gelles, Dean of Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice, were asked to provide testimony.
“The Field Center is at the forefront of systemic reform on behalf of the victims of child abuse and neglect,” says Wolfe. The Center is a collaborative effort between Penn’s schools of Social Policy & Practice, Law, Nursing and Perelman School of Medicine plus the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.