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Foster care bill passes House committee

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Foster care bill passes House committee

By Andrew Longstreth TheStateHouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— A Senate committee voted unanimously to approve a bill that would speed up the efforts of the Department of Child Services to find new or permanent homes for foster children as well as provide those in foster care with services until age 21. Senate Bill 1, authored by Sen. Erin […]

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House Republicans reject amendment to compel additional DCS workers

Victoria Ratliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The House of Representatives rejected an amendment that would compel the Indiana Department of Child Services to add case managers if workloads increased above mandated guidelines. The vote, along party lines with Republicans voting no, would have amended House Bill 1006, which tweaks the number of cases per manager, gives caseworkers slightly […]

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IU Public Policy Institute establishes new research center for social inclusion

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IU Public Policy Institute establishes new research center for social inclusion

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana University’s Public Policy Institute unveiled its newest research center Monday with a renewed focus on the study of diversity, inclusion and an array of socioeconomic barriers that affect Indiana residents every day. The Center for Research on Inclusion & Social Policy (CRISP) will act alongside other initiatives by […]

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Senate committee wants more recent child fatality data

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers want the Department of Child Services to provide them with more recent data and in greater detail about the deaths of children statewide. Members of the Senate Family and Children Services committee said Monday they are concerned with outdated fatality data reported by DCS used to support Senate […]

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Divergent lawmakers carry on medical cannabis fight for Hoosier patients

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An unlikely duo is again promoting cannabis access for Hoosiers in the 2019 legislative session. Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Portage, and Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, diverge on a variety of issues. Lucas, who has touted controversial measures to expand rights for gun owners and a bill to license working journalists, […]

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Commission recommends local vote on alcohol permits

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A commission reviewing the state’s alcohol laws recommended Friday that legislatures give communities a voice on how many alcohol permits would be allowed in some areas. The Alcohol Code Revision Commission voted on the final recommendations for lawmakers to consider in the 2019 legislative session after a two-year process […]

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DCS making connections with Instagram

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— While in times of trouble, the Indiana Department of Child Services has launched an Instagram account aiming to share the daily lives of agency employees, stakeholders and partners, as well as the children and families helped by the agency.  “DCS touches real families and real communities in every corner of our state,” Director Terry Stigdon said […]

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Lawmaker wants to block public dollars from schools with discriminatory policies

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana lawmaker is attempting to block state dollars from going toward any Indiana school with discriminatory policies after an Indianapolis Catholic high school suspended an employee for her same-sex marriage. Rep. Dan Forestal, D-Indianapolis, submitted language to the Indiana legislature’s drafting officials Wednesday in response to the recent […]

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Indiana loses another abortion case in federal court

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A federal appellate court has struck down another Indiana law aimed at making it more difficult for women to get an abortion. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday that the Indiana law requiring women to get an ultrasound 18 hours before an abortion created an undue burden and […]

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Blindsided: American families face increasing odds against international adoption

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–After 11 months of paperwork and preparation, Natalie Young was ready to jumpstart her potential son’s adoption from Guatemala. All she needed was approval from his birth country. One day shy of getting the green light to move forward, Young and her family were blindsided. “I got the email Tuesday morning […]

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