Public hearing on children’s advocacy centers and their work

Senate Aging and Youth Committee

Tuesday, August 8, 2023 | 11 a.m.

Hearing Room 1, NOB


Opening Remarks:

Committee Chair, Senator Judy Ward

Democratic Committee Chair, Senator Maria Collett

Panel 1 – Overview of the role of Children’s Advocacy Centers

-Video overview of Children Advocacy Centers and their work, introduced by Chris Kirchner, MSW (Executive Director of Children’s Advocacy Centers of Pennsylvania) – Supporting Document

-Chris Kirchner – Testimony

-Kirsten Kenyon (Director – Office of Research, Evaluation and Strategic Policy Development of Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency) – Testimony

Panel 2 – How Two Children’s Advocacy Centers are Working with Youth in Their Communities

-Richard Servello, M.P.S., (Program Director – Blair County Children’s Advocacy Center) – Testimony

-Jessica DiGennaro, Caregiver – Testimony

-Abbie Newman, R.N., J.D., (Chief Executive Officer – Executive and Global Affairs, Mission Kids Children’s Advocacy Center) – Testimony, Supporting Document

Panel 3 – How Children’s Advocacy Centers Assist Law Enforcement and Child Protection Officers

-Robin M. Boyer, MSW, (Director – Intake Services, Lancaster County Children and Youth Agency) – Testimony

-Sean McCormack (District Attorney, Cumberland County)

Closing Remarks:

Committee Chair, Senator Judy Ward


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