Foster Care

DCS Responds To Lawsuit, Calls It 'Inflammatory'

Jul 1, 2019

The Indiana Department of Child Services is responding to a class action lawsuit alleging the agency is failing the children in its care.

The lawsuit filed on behalf on nine children seeks policy changes at DCS. According to the complaint, some of those children have been shuffled between foster homes more than 15 times.

A controversial payday lending bill died on the House floor. A revenue forecast projects less money for lawmakers to work with in the new state budget. And a bill to create payouts for exonerated prisoners is headed to the governor.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

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.

Foster Youth Lag In Educational Attainment

Apr 9, 2019
Former foster youth Joshua Christian advocates for children in the system. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

Foster youth in Indiana are less likely than other students to receive a quality education according to the first ever state assessment on the group

Holcomb Outlines Public Health Priorities

Dec 7, 2018

Gov. Eric Holcomb says his public health priorities in this 2019 agenda will focus on children and families. A plan to improve the state's the child welfare system is at the top of the list. 

Indiana Foster Youth Honored With National Award

Nov 9, 2018
Joshua Christian and Gov. Eric Holcomb. (Photo provided by Connected by 25)
Jill Sheridan

An Indiana foster youth has been recognized with a national award from the Department of Health and Human Services. Joshua Christian will receive the Adoption Excellence Award in Washington D.C. this month. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Jill Sheridan sat down to talk to him about how a caseworker turned parent helped direct his success. 

Policy Changes Coming To Foster Care System

Apr 24, 2018
Legislation authored by Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) will increase the maximum number of children allowed in a foster home from five to six. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The rate of Indiana children in foster care is more than double the national average. It’s one of the issues identified by an independent investigation of the state’s embattled child welfare agency.

Advocates hope upcoming policy changes will aid the foster care system.

Hoosier Foster Youth Advocate For Others In The System

Dec 22, 2017

A group of former foster youth in Indiana work to give input for those currently in the system.

Drew David Nolan Sare, 19, sits on the Indiana Youth Advisory Board, a group of about 90 youth around the state who are or have been in the foster system. This year the board made a change in the delivery of Christmas gifts to boys at an Indianapolis group home.

“I think it was much better to wait and allow them to open it on Christmas Day so they had something there,” Sare says.

DCS Chief, Holcomb Disagree On Agency Funding Levels

Dec 18, 2017

 

Indiana Department of Child Services Director Mary Beth Bonaventura says the well-being of Hoosier children has been put at risk because of steps taken by Governor Eric Holcomb’s administration.

Bonaventura’s sharp criticisms came in her resignation letter, delivered to Holcomb last week.

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