foster children

The state wants to shield a lot of information from public eyes in a class action lawsuit against the Department of Child Services.

The group suing the state opposes that push.

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.

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

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

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.