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More advocates needed for abused, neglected children

By Gary Qi TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Volunteers and legislators celebrated CASA Day at the Statehouse Monday. Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, is a program that recruits volunteers to help abused and neglected children understand the foster care and go through the process. “I am very proud of this program, in particular. It was founded […]

Commentary: A lesson from my son

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Commentary: A lesson from my son

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – My son and I caught the end of the old movie “Giant” the other night. We were channel-surfing when we came across it. I told my son, who’s in middle school, that one of the film’s stars was an Indiana guy, the late James Dean. We watched the famous […]

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ISDH: Johnson County does not have a cancer cluster

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com FRANKLIN— State health officials told community members and local families of cancer victims gathered at Franklin Community High School Monday evening that the local water supply isn’t causing children to develop cancer. “The ISDH (Indiana State Department of Health) can confirm there is no pediatric cancer cluster in Johnson County,” Deputy […]

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First lady and others kick off month celebrating adoption

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s hard to imagine wanting to bear children but not being able to. First Lady Karen Pence experienced this hardship firsthand. For a long time before having their children, the Pences were listed with an adoption agency. One day, Pence received a call about a young girl who was […]

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State allocates $3.5 million for services to pregnant women, new moms

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence announced Monday the state has entered into a year-long contract with Real Alternatives to provide free pregnancy and parenting services. “After seeing the success of the Real Alternatives pilot program in northern Indiana, the importance of expanding the contract statewide became clear,” Pence said in a media […]

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Additional funding heading to the Secured School Safety Grant Program

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As more people and organizations – including schools – evaluate safety procedures, the state of Indiana is directing an additional $3.5 million to the Secured School Safety Grant Program. That brings the program’s total yearly funding to more than $9 million. Gov. Mike Pence’s decision to increasing funding comes after the […]

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Numerous communities plan to participate in National Prescription Take-Back Day

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers will be able to safely get rid of unused or expired prescription drugs this weekend. This Saturday is National Prescription Take-Back Day, which is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency. The program is designed to encourage people to dispose of old prescription drugs in a way that endangers neither […]

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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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Education study committee says $4 million is needed for special ed.

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— The Interim Study Committee on Education discussed expanding funding for special education in schools on Tuesday afternoon and the group said it would take about $4 million to do it right. “A handful of kids, which kind of fall through the cracks that are in preschool that are categorized as […]

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Exceptional youth worker to be honored with cash prize for professional development

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— The Indiana Youth Institute is looking for Hoosiers making a difference in the lives of young people and there’s a cash prize for the winner. The Indiana Youth Institute is teaming up with the Central Indiana Community Foundation to create an annual award. The winner gets a $2,500 cash prize to […]

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