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Miss Heart of the Midwest shares personal story of child abuse

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–A childhood of sexual, physical and emotional abuse is the reason Miss Heart of the Midwest fights to end the pain other children suffer. Jessica Hopper spent her childhood either at her grandmother’s home or her parents’ home. For nine years, her grandmother’s boyfriend sexually abused Hopper. When she became aware […]

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Hoosiers commemorate 50th anniversary of King assassination, Kennedy speech

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—For U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights pioneer, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Indianapolis holds 50-year-old memories that have made it difficult for him to return to. Lewis was one of many at the park when Robert F. Kennedy shared the news that Dr. Martin Luther King […]

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Staffing issues, over-centralization revealed in latest DCS report

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– The latest report on the Department of Child Services shows top-heavy decision-making, trouble with keeping qualified and experienced workers, and a shortage of specialized services to deal with substance abuse or mental health issues. Thursday, DCS shared preliminary findings of the Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group, which has […]

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Study committee to examine Department of Child Services

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– A Senate committee on Monday passed a resolution to have a study committee investigate the state’s Department of Child Services this summer. Senate Resolution 14, authored by Sen. Eddie Melton, D-Merrillville, will bring legislators from both sides of the aisle together to study recent issues that led the former […]

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Senator proposes study committee to examine Department of Child Services issues

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Sen. Eddie Melton, D-Merrillville, is urging his Senate colleagues to create a study committee to look into recent allegations against the Department of Child Services. Senate Resolution 14, which was heard in the Family and Children Services Committee Monday, calls for a two-year committee to study issues related to […]

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High percentage of Hoosier children end up in state care

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Children in Indiana end up in out-of-home care at more than twice the rate of children in other states, an independent agency investigating conditions in the state’s Department of Child Services found. That and an antiquated data system are two of the issues called out by the Child Welfare Policy and […]

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Sunday alcohol sales approved 12-1 in House committee

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana House committee said yes to Sunday alcohol sales, making it likely the popular measure will become law in the current legislative session. House Bill 1051 passed the House Public Policy Committee Wednesday by a 12-1 vote. A week earlier, a similar piece of legislation, Senate Bill 1, […]

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Baby box bill heads to the House

By Tanner Nicholson TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—Hoosiers across the state may soon see more baby boxes at local fire departments after one lawmaker’s repeated attempt to pass legislation. Senate Bill 123, authored by Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, passed the Senate unanimously 47-0. The bill would expand the availability of newborn safety incubators, also known as baby boxes, […]

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Senate bill would expand use of baby boxes

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, wants to expand the availability of “baby boxes” that would allow an individual to anonymously surrender an infant. Senate Bill 123 would expand availability of newborn safety incubators, commonly referred to as baby boxes. There are currently two in Indiana and the proposed legislation would […]

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Workforce development, opioid crisis among lawmakers’ top priorities

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Without one overarching goal for the 2018 legislative session, which starts Wednesday, key Republican and Democratic lawmakers are setting their own agendas. Gov. Eric Holcomb and the four Republican and Democratic leaders of the Indiana Senate and House of Representatives discussed their goals for the 2018 session of the […]

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