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What’s behind Indiana’s increase in child abuse reports?

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Shortly after an elementary principal alerted deputies something might be wrong with a child who had been absent from school for a few days, the frightened 9-year-old boy was laying in the fetal position in the lobby of the Johnson County Sherriff’s Office. The boy’s pale face was bruised, […]

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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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Foster children find adoptive homes through photography exhibit

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A traveling photo exhibit aimed at finding homes for Indiana foster kids is making a stop in Indianapolis. “My heart has always been with kids, and as a photographer, I knew I wanted to give back in the best way I could, which is through photographs,” said Lydia Lee, […]

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Colts, DCS raise money for books for foster children

By Gary Qi TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers can soon join the Backpack Challenge to encourage foster children to read. On March 10, the Indiana Department of Child Services and the Indianapolis Colts will launch a 10-day Twitter campaign called the #100in10 Backpack Challenge. The primary goal of this challenge is to raise money to purchase […]

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Lawsuit over child protection worker’s caseload dismissed

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A Marion County court Monday dismissed a lawsuit against the state claiming a child protection case manager’s caseload was illegal. State law prohibits caseworkers from taking on more than 17 children at a time. The lawsuit, filed in July last year, said Mary Price had 43 children under her supervision […]

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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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DCS discusses needs of the state’s foster children

By Max Bomber TheStatehousefile.com INDIANAPOLIS– Maltreatment of children in the state’s foster care system has increased 38 percent from April 2013 to April 2015. The Department of Child Services (DCS) describes maltreatment as children with at least one substantial allegation of abuse or neglect when the perpetrator is a foster parent or a staff member. […]

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Pence: State will pay adoption subsidies for special needs kids this year

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly 1,400 families who adopted special needs children out of foster care are in line to receive state subsidies under an order Gov. Mike Pence gave a state agency Tuesday. The Department of Child Services will fund the $10 million in subsidies out of unspent money it would have […]

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DCS chief James Payne resigns amid controversy

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Director of the Department of Child Services James Payne resigned Monday following accusations of violating department and state ethics. Payne is accused of being improperly involved and attempting to influence DCS decisions in a custody battle that involves his grandchildren. He is accused of stepping into the middle of […]

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