Children and Families

Crafting policies that support families, promote child safety and ensure stable communities.



  • Act 12 of 2017 establishes the crime of Endangering the Welfare of a Child to reflect the degree of risk and the age of the child victim in the penalty grading.
  • Senate Bill 261 (Scarnati) eliminates the statute of limitations for child sex abuse crimes and gives victims additional time to file civil actions against their abuser.
  • Senate Bill 554 (Greenleaf) requires that sexually exploited children be diverted from the criminal justice system to more appropriate human services.