Following several high-profile investigations into allegations of child abuse, the Pennsylvania legislature set out to strengthen the child abuse reporting mechanism and background check requirements already in place. The result was a sweeping set of complex amendments that change the law and heighten responsibility for organizations with employees and volunteers who have direct contact with children in Pennsylvania. Under the new Child Protective Services Law, the definitions of abuse—as well as reporting requirements—have changed. Many individuals, who previously had no mandatory reporting requirements, now fall under the purview of the law. Additionally, the amendments contain strict requirements regarding background checks, especially for volunteers. These changes will require many organizations, including schools, health care providers, nonprofit organizations, and religious entities to reexamine their policies and training procedures.

During this seminar, a panel of experts will discuss and interpret the requirements and intricacies of the amendments, examining changes to both the mandatory reporter and background check sections. In addition, we will provide guidance on how to navigate these amendments moving forward and how organizations can make sure they remain compliant with the law.

Date and Time

Thursday, July 9, 2015
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Ballard Spahr
1735 Market Street, 48th Floor

For anyone unable to attend the live presentation, the program will also be broadcast as a live webinar.


8:00 AM – 8:30 AM | Registration and Breakfast (in Philadelphia)
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM | Program


Frank P. Cervone, Executive Director
Support Center for Child Advocates

Raheemah Shamsid-Deen Hampton, Southeast Regional Director
Department of Human Services' Office of Children, Youth and Families
Dee Spagnuolo, Partner
Ballard Spahr
Ashley L. Wilson, Associate
Ballard Spahr

This program is approved for 1.5 PA and 1.8 NY and NJ CLE credits. Uniform Certificates of Attendance will be available for the purpose of seeking credit in other jurisdictions. Only Pennsylvania CLE credit is available for the webinar.

For more information, contact Lisa M. Cheresnowsky at 215.864.8657 or



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