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Community members asked to watch for signs of child abuse

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers are being asked to keep an eye out for the signs of child abuse. Community members and child welfare advocates gathered in the Statehouse Monday to recognize April as Prevent Child Abuse Awareness month. The governor said the community is key to preventing child abuse. “The truth of […]

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Department of Child Services to add more than 100 caseworkers to help ease burden

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence announced on Thursday morning the Indiana Department of Child Services would add 113 additional caseworkers. The move comes just a day before DCS will present their annual report before the state budget committee. “I’m proud of the efforts they have made but nevertheless because we’re talking […]

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ACLU: State is putting children at risk by overloading caseworkers

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehousefile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The American Civil Liberties Union is trying to protect some of the state’s most vulnerable children through a lawsuit meant to ease the burden on overloaded caseworkers. State law prohibits caseworkers from taking on more than 17 children at a time. The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday, is on behalf […]

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Pence requests $15 million for 100 caseworkers over two years

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has asked lawmakers for $15 million in additional funding over the next two years to hire 100 more caseworkers and 17 supervisors for the Department of Child Services. The additional staff should bring the agency in line with caseload guidelines in state law, according to a […]