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Children’s Commission Local Forums Scheduled
September 24, 2004

The Governor’s Commission on Children, Youth and Families (GCCF) was created to advise the Governor’s Cabinet for Children and Families. While off to a somewhat "rocky" start, several regional groups have started the process of holding "regional" forums to seek community input to identify systemic or regulatory barriers, to highlight cross-system and programmatic successes, and to recommend priorities to better meet the needs of children and families.

There is no consistent process yet established for these forums and no clear statement of desired outcomes. PCPA is encouraging members in areas where forums are to be held to participate to the greatest extent possible.

Two forums have been scheduled.

Western Region – This particular forum should be of intense interest to PCPA members since the focus will be on children with "behavioral challenges.' The forum will be held:

Thursday, October 21
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Hosanna House
807 Wallace Avenue
Wilkensburg, PA 15221
A flyer and registration form is available from the link.

Lancaster Area – Two commission members, Robert Haigh and Alice Yoder, have worked to set up a meeting in the Lancaster area. Meeting details include:

Thursday, October 28
F & M College, Alumni Sports & Fitness Center, Woods Room
8:00 a.m. – Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – Facilitated Discussion
12:00 p.m.– Conclusion

Further details on the Lancaster meeting may be obtained from Alice Yoder at 717-544-3283. PCPA members may contact George Kimes, Executive Director and commission member for further information.

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