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Finance study committee meets to discuss payday lending

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS––Lawmakers listened to four hours of testimony Thursday in an effort to determine how the legislature should handle the payday lending issue in Indiana. The Interim Study Committee on Financial Institutions and Insurance convened its first meeting of four scheduled throughout the fall on a number of topics, and the first […]

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Adolescent suicides have increased, new data show

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Suicide among children and youth—particularly among young men—is on the rise in Indiana, according to new findings released at a state commission meeting Wednesday. Jason Murrey, Indiana’s statewide suicide prevention coordinator, presented the new data to the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana at its meeting, which was […]

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Women’s suffrage commission plans events for centennial

By Victoria Ratliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—When Dr. Mary F. Thomas made an impassioned plea to Indiana lawmakers to grant women the right to vote and to reform the state’s property laws, she stood before an all-male legislature. “As mothers, as wives, as daughters, as sisters, and lastly as human beings, alike responsible with yourselves to God […]

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DCS and governor sued over level of care for vulnerable children

By Victoria Ratliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— A disability rights group has sued the state’s Department of Child Services to force change at an agency that has high numbers of children in an overburdened foster care system. Indiana Disability Rights, an Indianapolis organization that advocates on behalf of children, filed the civil rights lawsuit in U.S. District […]

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Child Services agency sees improvements year after critical report

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Staff turnover is down, caseload sizes are dropping and the ratio of supervisors to case managers has improved in the year since an outside review found numerous shortcomings in the Indiana Department of Child Services. Information and updates about the progress at DCS were shared Thursday when Gov. Eric Holcomb held […]

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‘Is your family complete?’: Experts say Indiana surrogates need legal protections and social visibility

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — After Fort Wayne mother Laura Wheeler spent several years caring for her three children with her husband, she felt her personal family was complete. With a husband who could support the family financially through his work as an attorney and with the help of benefits from time served in […]

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ACLU challenging state over abortion law

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s newest anti-abortion legislation is facing a legal challenge in federal court, less than a day after Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the measure into law. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed the lawsuit Thursday challenging House Enrolled Act 1211, which bans a form of a second trimester […]

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Advocates offer help to foster care parents

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Advocates offer help to foster care parents

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to clarify that Indiana has a child abuse reporting hotline and is a mandatory reporting state. By Bryan Wells TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–Advocates for foster and adoptive parents on Tuesday unveiled a conflict resolution toll-free phone line that will offer them the resources and support they need as they provide […]

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Youth in foster care struggle to keep up in school, study finds

By Bryan Wells TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– Joshua Christian attended four different high schools while in the foster care system and none of the credits transferred from one school to the next, leaving him surprised that he was able to graduate on time. Christian, 21, of Indianapolis, was at the Indiana Statehouse Tuesday as results of Indiana’s […]

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Bills seek to provide expanded services to Indiana’s homeless children and youth

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Helping children find stability and success, according to Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington, should be a driving force in the legislature and for all elected officials. “It embodies everything that I represent as a public servant,” Zay said. Zay and his colleague Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, presented two bills to the House […]

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