About the Task Force

A panel created by the General Assembly to thoroughly review state laws and procedures governing child protection and the reporting of child abuse.

Our Purpose

Governor Tom Corbett, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, and House Speaker Sam Smith named members of the Task Force on Child Protection, a panel created by the General Assembly to thoroughly review state laws and procedures governing child protection and the reporting of child abuse.

As called for under House Resolution 522 and Senate Resolution 250, the 11 member task force will:

  • Examine and analyze the practices, processes and procedures relating to the response to child abuse.
  • Review and analyze law, procedures, practices and rules relating to the reporting of child abuse.
  • Hold public hearings, accept and review written comments from individuals and organizations.
  • Submit reports which will include recommendations to improve the reporting of child abuse; implement any necessary changes in state laws and practices, policies and procedures relating to child abuse; and train appropriate individuals in the reporting of child abuse.

The task force's final report is due by November 30th, 2012.

In Pennsylvania, certain types of professionals -- health care workers, educators, and others who come into contact with children -- are required by law to report suspected child abuse. Protecting children from abuse and neglect requires the collaboration of the entire child welfare system, community partners and residents.


The four members appointed by the governor are:
  • Hon. David W. Heckler
    Bucks County District Attorney
  • William Strickland
    President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation
  • Dr. Cindy W. Christian, M.D.
    Director of Safe Place: The Center for Child Protection and Health, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Delilah Rumburg
    Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center


Members appointed by the Senate are:
  • Dr. Rachel Berger
    Member of Child Protection Team at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Garrison Ipock Jr.
    Executive director, The Glen Mills Schools, Glen Mills
  • Carol Hobbs-Picciotto, MHS
    Intake Social Worker, City of Philadelphia


Members appointed by the House are:
  • Jason Kutulakis
    Senior partner, Abom & Kutulakis LLP, Carlisle
  • Jackie Bernard
    Chief Deputy District Attorney, Blair County
  • Hon. Arthur Grim
    Senior Judge, Court of Common Pleas of Berks County