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Children safer

| Monday, April 21, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Children safer

An important child protection bill sponsored by state Sen. Randy Vulakovich, R-Shaler, was signed into law recently with bipartisan support. It updates Pennsylvania's outdated system for tracking child abuse complaints by creating a statewide database to help authorities more efficiently and effectively receive and respond to reports of abuse and neglect.

For years, Pennsylvania's child abuse hotline center has used U.S. mail to send information on abuse reports to authorities — an expensive and slow process. Sen. Vulakovich's bill allows this critical information to be shared electronically through secure technology, enabling authorities to respond more quickly.

The database will enable appropriate information to be maintained confidentially on suspected incidents of child abuse and reports of child neglect. This will help authorities be more effective in their response if additional reports are made involving the same individuals.

Vulakovich should be congratulated for championing this critical new law. Because of the bipartisan work he and his colleagues have done, children across our commonwealth will be safer.

Kelli Thompson


The writer is government relations director of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (

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