All courts shall be open; and every man for an injury done him in his lands, goods, person or reputation shall have remedy by due course of law, without sale, denial or delay. – Pennsylvania Constitution

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Kinship Foster Care Parents on the Rise in Pennsylvania

Since 2012, 24 percent more children have been placed in “kinship” foster care, according to 2014 data collected by the Office of Children and Families in the Courts (OCFC), a unit of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC).

Kinship care is the full-time care, nurturing and protection of children by relatives or any adult who has a “kinship” bond with the children. These caregivers may include grandparents, aunts or uncles, siblings of the children requiring care, cousins or nonblood “relatives,” such as a teacher, coach or family friend.

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Supreme Court Increases Loan Assistance to Expand Number of Attorneys Who Serve the Poor

In an effort to increase the pool of attorneys available to provide civil legal services to those who cannot afford them, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has increased support for a student debt loan program for attorneys who work for legal aid organizations.

 

The Loan Repayment Assistance Program is not funded by tax dollars, but instead by pro hac vice admission fees which are paid by out-of-state attorneys who are not licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, but appear in Pennsylvania’s courts for a particular legal proceeding. Pro hac vice fee revenue has been on a steady decline, jeopardizing the sustainability of the loan program.

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