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File #: 220367    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 4/28/2022 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 5/5/2022
Title: Recognizing and honoring the Philadelphia Children's Alliance and the Philadelphia Department of Human Services for their collaborative commitment to bring healing and justice to victims of child sexual abuse in Philadelphia and declaring April 2022 to be Child Abuse Prevention Month in the City of Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Parker
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 22036700, 2. Signature22036700
Title
Recognizing and honoring the Philadelphia Children's Alliance and the Philadelphia Department of Human Services for their collaborative commitment to bring healing and justice to victims of child sexual abuse in Philadelphia and declaring April 2022 to be Child Abuse Prevention Month in the City of Philadelphia.

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WHEREAS, For the past 32 years, the Philadelphia Children's Alliance and the Philadelphia Department of Human Services have advocated for a team-based approach, built cooperative relationships, introduced efficiencies into the system to provide rapid response, and effectively changed how abused children are served and cared for in Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, The Philadelphia Children's Alliance is a national best standards model for peer agencies nationwide and leads the National Regional Children's Advocacy Center (NRCAC), which provides training and technical assistance for state chapters, children's advocacy centers, and multidisciplinary teams in nine states in the Northeastern United States; and

WHEREAS, Since 2013, the Philadelphia Children's Alliance, the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, Philadelphia Police Special Victims Unit, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children have operated a co-located facility within the Seventh Councilmanic District to provide a victim-centered response to all children in Philadelphia who have been sexually abused, providing justice and healing for sexually abused children and their families, ending the cycle of abuse, protecting children who have experienced sex trafficking, and improving the quality of abuse investigations; and

WHEREAS, During Fiscal Year 2021, despite the constraints of Covid-19, the Philadelphia Children's Alliance responded to 1,744 reports of child sexual abuse; conducted 1,041 forensic interviews; supplied various support services to 1,241 caregivers; referred 758 children for mental healt...

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