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pennsylvania

28 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Tom Wolf

Protect kids from neglect

Thank you for taking the time to read my petition and personal story. Child abuse/neglect is an issue that cannot be treated lightly by our legal system. I hope you will join me in this localized push for reform of child/abuse/neglect law and reporting process. In late July 2018 my son and daughter were on vacation with their mother (my ex-wife). Both returned with health issues that were not addressed by trained physicians while away.  My daughter was taken to a local urgent care facility after their return and was diagnosed with a severe ear infection.  My son returned with 2nd degree sun burn/poisoning on both arms from shoulder to elbow.  My ex-wife gave me no information as to how he received his burns or what treatment, if any, he received.  Both of my children complained that they were in pain and were told they were going to the pool everyday of their vacation. I am a Mandated Reporter and filed a report with PA Childline who referred the reports to Bucks County Children and Youth.  I would have done the same for any other child! After the investigation it was determined that this report was "Unfounded".  Many questions came to mind and when I finally spoke to the case worker I was told this case didn't meet certain legal criteria.  When I asked to cite the applicable law I was told to look it up myself.  My final question was: "Was this report treated any differently?" I was told No, but each case can be weighed separately. I asked because my ex-wife is an educator in the State of PA. She also has primary custody of our children. All of this was magnified when I received a text message from my ex-wife exactly 1 day after receiving the determination letter. Her response: "Nice try!". A bold statement that implies escape.  After this frustrating experience I am seeking help from the State of Pennsylvania to provide a second layer of investigation for child abuse/neglect reports.  There is no way to file an appeal as a reporter of potential abuse/neglect.  Only an accused perpetrator can file an appeal.  After reading the State and Federal law on Child Abuse/Neglect including the definitions, I have found that although there could be a loophole for an individual to escape being accused of neglect (in this situation), neglect was apparent and my kids health and well being was undoubtedly affected. I call on all State and local lawmakers to bring about legislation that allows appeals by child abuse/neglect reporters up to 1 year from the date a report was received and for State review of all such appeals.  Such legislation will ensure children's safety and well being is paramount  and perpetrators of child abuse/neglect are properly identified without bias.      

Concerned Dad
233 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Pennsylvania State House, Donald Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Frank Burns

To Get My Older Babies Home

I don't even know where to begin, I am not good with words and I cannot convince another soul any more than my own for the world that we live in today. I will start by telling you back in April of 2007 my firstborn son, Anton was taken from me. Taken by false accusations by CYS. Then in 2010 my firstborn daughter, by the name of Isis but we call her Izzy was taken. In short I had begged CYS for help so many times because I was being abused and I knew it. I begged them for help for my babies and I. They took a blind eye to it all and ended up taking my babies from me indefinitely yet I had everything they could have possibly ever needed. I had employment to further, a Soldier in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. I am currently still enlisted as I create this petition. I still have employment, a vehicle, a place to live, I can get clothing and whatever else they need still. Hell is quite an appropriate word for what I have faced all these years of relentless fighting for my babies, the sleepless nights, all to face another hell that my ex husband put me through and between the two entities I suffer mental anguish and a severe agony in my heart. This is where I am awful with words because there is so much to remember, so much to say but the end result is always this: I have only ever deserved to have my babies as they have deserved to have me as their mother. All I've wanted and needed was to have my babies. Not a day goes by that I don't think about them or bawl my eyes out just praying and hoping that they are okay, that they are being taken care of and just that I might one day see them again. They now have younger siblings that I have with my current husband. I tell them all the time about them and it's not fair to any of the children for them to be apart. Please help me bring my babies home where they belong! 

lisa lehman
1,068 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Tom Wolf

Better Funding for Performing Arts Programs in PA Schools #Don'tDreamItBeIt

My name is Olivia Rose, and I am a student of Danville Area High School in Pennsylvania. Ever since I was 8, I have loved the realm that is theatre. I have been graciously a part of 9 musicals with local theatres since then, including 4 with the Danville Area High School Preforming Arts Ensemble. What I have noticed about the shows that my fellow classmates have worked months on to perfect for the community is that frankly, we are a little under appreciated. For Danville especially, we as of now do not have the resources available to present a show big enough to get everyone in the community excited for. As you may know, you need more than just space, talent, and cast size to pull off any musical. You need money too. Renting scripts, getting rights for a show (and the more well known the show, the prettier the penny will be to do it), and purchasing resources for set all make up the financial end of it. I could get into more expenses, but you get the point- musicals are not cheap or easy!  To say our school's drama club is well funded would be a lie. While other schools have done "Grease", "Hairspray", or even "The Addams Family Musical", we have been stuck with little money, thus only being able to do more obscure shows. As you can assume, the community doesn't exactly get really excited for these musicals. People want to see the classics, or at least a show they've vaguely heard of. Fellow Danville students only come to see our shows for the incentives of extra credit promised by teachers. Sets, costumes, and everything else also come into play. This creates a never ending cycle, unexciting musicals are done with no funds, and no one comes to watch, giving us little profit. I can only imagine this issue is worse in other Pennsylvania schools, (especially urban schools that aren't well funded to begin with) who may have had to get rid of their theatre programs.  Aspiring actors and actresses of this generation need a foundation to perfect their talents. Auditioning for the school play should be encouraged highly, the drama program should be funded as equally as the athletic department, and each school should have some sort of music or theatre class. Theatre can definitely change lives. Additional funds to the performing arts in schools can help influence and inspire youth. This will also encourage the community to gain an experience in the arts and culture when they come to see the shows produced by said schools helped with this extra money.  This epidemic is growing in Pennsylvania, and for kids like me who want to pursue performing arts as a career, this is a catastrophe. Very few take us seriously for our career pursuit as it is, and neither will our school peers or communities if this issue goes unnoticed. Pennsylvania hasn't delivered a famous talented actor since Will Smith, and with the lack of encouragement in our schools it isn't hard to see why. Whether this problem is solved by leveling out school funds to be more equal or proportionate, or state funding, the arts need to be embraced and funded, not laughed at and left destitute. 

Olivia Crumb
204 supporters