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Legislative Testimony

Field Center Fellow Cassie Statuto Bevan serves on Coalition of International Human Rights

May 19, 2016 

Field Center Fellow Cassie Statuto Bevan served on the Coalition of International Human Rights which drafted a resolution asking the U.S. State Department to include in their annual Human Rights Report the status of unparented children worldwide.  The bill was introduced May 19, 2016 as HR 5285 by Reps. Marino and Cicilline.

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“The Impact of Liberal Ideology on Child Protection Reform,” Field Center Fellow Cassie Statuto Bevan

March 2016

Field Center Fellow Cassie Statuto Bevan authored a Law Review article arising out of a Symposium on The Liberal Dilemma in Child Welfare Reform. The article, entitled “The Impact of Liberal Ideology on Child Protection Reform,” was published in William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, Vol.24, Issue 3, March, 2016.  The article makes it clear that there are currently several important laws, including the Adoption and Safe Families Act, that could be marshaled to improve the safety, permanency and well-being of children.

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Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities

March 17, 2016

Field Center Fellow Cassie Statuto Bevan was appointed as a Commissioner on The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities that issued its final report, “Within Our Reach:  A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities.”  Dr. Statuto Bevan issued the sole dissenting report, found in Appendix K: Minority Report, p. 139. Although Dr. Statuto Bevan issued the only official dissent, the Hon. Patricia Martin, Presiding Judge, Child Protection Division, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois also voted no.

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Field Center Executive Director testifies on Senate Bill 851: Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children

October 7, 2015

The Pennsylvania Senate is considering legislation to revise how the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania treats victims of child trafficking.  Senate Bill 851 would create a “Safe Harbor” so that victims of child trafficking would be offered victim services in lieu of being charged with prostitution and related offenses. Debra Schilling Wolfe offered testimony in support of this legislation.

Testimony of Debra Schilling Wolfe

Field Center Executive Director testifies on Human Service Block Grant Funding for Montgomery County, PA

November 19, 2013

Field Center Executive Director Debra Schilling Wolfe testifies before Montgomery County Commissioners Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards on Human Service Block Grant Funding on behalf of the Montgomery County (PA) Office of Children & Youth Citizen’s Advisory Committee.  Wolfe is serving her second term as an appointment to this committee, chairs their Public Policy Work Group, and is currently Vice-Chair of the Committee.

Testimony of Debra Schilling Wolfe

Field Center Experts Respond to the Tragedy at Penn State

May 3, 2012

Field Center Faculty Director Richard Gelles and Field Center Executive Director Debra Schilling Wolfe testified at the Task Force Hearing in Harrisburg, PA on May 3rd. Read Their Testimonies Here:

Testimony of Dean Richard Gelles

Testimony of Debra Schilling Wolfe

Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection Public Hearing

April 18, 2012

On November 27, 2012 the final report of the PA Task Force on Child Protection was released at a public hearing at the State Capital in Harrisburg. Recommendations constitute an unprecedented overhaul of how child abuse reports are currently addressed in Pennsylvania. The Field Center is honored to have played such a significant role in the process.

Click here to read the final report.

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Public Hearing on Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

November 2, 2011

“What are the obstacles that youth in foster care face when they reach the age of 18, and no longer have the foster care system’s support? The Senate Aging & Youth Committee, lead by Minority Chair Senator LeAnna M. Washington discuss options for Pennsylvania including extending foster care to the age of 21, available programs and taking advantage of federal funds.”

Preventing Child Abuse & Improving Responses to Families in Crisis

November 5, 2009

Preventing Child Abuse and Improving Responses to Families in Crisis: Testimony by Dr. Carol Wilson Spigner before the Subcommittee on Education and Labor, Committee on Education and Labor, U.S. House of Representatives, November 2, 2009.