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A new report says the number of Indiana children who died because of abuse or neglect went up, year-over-year.

It's been one year since an independent investigator unveiled a detailed report on the Indiana Department of Child Services. That came after a huge spike in children in the system, often linked with the opioid crisis.

Since then, the agency has made significant progress, but some say it’s not enough.

The Indiana Senate unanimously passed legislation that seeks to help Department of Child Services caseworkers by easing some of their job expectations.

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Lauren Chapman

Indiana has more children taken from their homes as the result of suspected child abuse or neglect than the national average. The Indiana Department of Child Services is in the process of reforming a number of policies related to these cases. 

A bill to better regulate psychotropic medicine for youth in Indiana’s foster system passed out committee today.  The proposal aims to prevent overprescribing medication to young people for depression, anxiety or ADHD.  

Indiana foster parent Heidi Curtis testifies before a Senate committee. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Legislation unanimously approved Monday by a Senate committee seeks to give foster parents more of a voice as the children they care for move through the child welfare system.

Department Of Child Services Bill Sails Through House

Jan 22, 2019
The Indiana House easily approved legislation Tuesday that seeks to help Department of Child Services caseworkers by easing some of their job expectations. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana House easily approved legislation Tuesday that seeks to help Department of Child Services caseworkers by easing some of their job expectations.

House GOP Blocks Dem Effort To Strengthen DCS Bill

Jan 17, 2019
The Indiana House Chamber. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana House Republicans denied an effort Thursday to compel the Department of Child Services to meet legally-defined caseload standards.

House Committee Approves Bill Making Changes At DCS

Jan 15, 2019
Department of Child Services Director Terry Stigdon addresses a House committee. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

House lawmakers easily advanced a bill out of committee Tuesday that would make changes at the Indiana Department of Child Services.

The bill stems from recommendations by an independent investigation of the agency last year.

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Lauren Chapman

Indiana lawmakers this legislative session will be urged by some to raise Indiana’s cigarette tax by $2. 

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