Department of Child Services

Health leaders are raising awareness about a new initiative to tackle Indiana's high infant and maternal mortality rates. The state launched a public awareness campaign this week. 

DCS Associate Director Todd Meyer Abruptly Resigns

Jul 19, 2019

A top Department of Child Services official brought in specifically to help shape up the embattled agency has resigned.

Most 2019 Legislation Takes Effect July 1

Jul 1, 2019

Most of the nearly 300 new laws crafted by the General Assembly this year take effect Monday.

DCS Target Of New Class Action Lawsuit

Jun 26, 2019

The Indiana agency that oversees the state’s foster system is the target of a class action lawsuit filed Tuesday morning in federal court in Evansville. The suit accuses the Department of Child Services of violating children’s constitutional rights.

Gov. Eric Holcomb defended how Republican budget writers prioritized the state’s dollars as he signed a new budget into law. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the state’s next two-year budget into law Monday as he defended how Republican budget writers prioritized the state’s dollars.

Senate Sends Foster Care Reform Bill To Governor

Apr 18, 2019
The Indiana Statehouse (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Senate sent a bill to the governor’s desk Thursday that aims to reform Indiana’s foster care system.

House Unanimously Passes Bill To Help Foster Parents

Apr 15, 2019

The House unanimously approved a bill that makes a number of changes to Indiana’s foster system – including giving foster parents more of a voice.

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

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Indiana ranks second in the nation for the rate of child abuse victims, according to an annual report from the US Department of Health & Human Services.

The report says 18.6 in every 1,000 Hoosier children were victims of abuse in fiscal year 2017.

That’s more than double the national average. And it’s second only to neighboring Kentucky, where 22.2 in 1,000 children were abused that year.

CASA Volunteers Advocate At The Statehouse

Mar 20, 2019
Hundreds of CASA workers gather at the Statehouse. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Hundreds of Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASAs, from around the state gathered at the Statehouse for their annual CASA advocacy day.

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