Among the award winners was a woman who has fostered 126 children in her home over 43 years, and adopted five of them.
The Monkey and The Elephant, at 29th Street and Girard Avenue, employs young people who are aging out of the foster care system.
“It was the courage of one ten-year-old girl who started this investigation,” DA Tom Hogan added. “This is one of the most disturbing child abuse cases in the history of Chester County.”
Officials say a former prison guard charged with sexually abusing two girls is now facing charges involving five more juveniles.
Authorities say 60-year-old Leroy Mitchell was originally arrested May 31st for sexually assaulting a girl when she was nine years old. Now, charges have been filed in connection with a second alleged victim.
According to DHS, 34% of the 13,000 children in Pennsylvania who are in foster care are between 14 and 17 years old.
A change in the way that services are being dispensed to needy children in our area has resulted in the need for more foster parents in Philadelphia.
The meeting of welfare and education professionals was at the School District administration building, inasmuch as educators see the results.