Wolf calls for overhaul of state systems that are supposed to protect children

Mike DeNardo
August 05, 2019 - 4:00 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Gov. Tom Wolf wants to know how state systems can be reformed to prevent abuses such as those reported at the now-closed Glen Mills Schools. 

Wolf is calling for an overhaul of the state services that protect children, the elderly and other "vulnerable populations."

"We need to stop saying, 'I'm really sorry that happened,' and look at the systems. And there are some systemic flaws," he said. 

The governor signed an executive order last week creating a Council on Reform as well as a new child advocate position. 

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He says after reported abuses of children at the Glen Mills Schools and other cases, he wanted to be sure the state was protecting those who depend on state services.

"We pay much more attention in places like Harrisburg and Washington to the institutions that we sort of contract to do this stuff.  And they have the lobbyists. But what we really should be focusing on are those kids."

The 25-member Council on Reform has the job of drawing up a report with recommendations for improvement by Nov. 1.