Indiana leaders celebrated National Child Abuse Prevention Month Thursday amid controversy at the state’s child welfare agency.
Department of Child Services Director Terry Stigdon addressed the Statehouse crowd of child advocates by reviewing ongoing programs and initiatives to address and prevent child abuse. Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch hailed the attendees as heroes.
“We must work tirelessly together to ensure that every Hoosier child is safe and every Hoosier child has equal opportunities in life,” Crouch says.
Neither Crouch nor Stigdon made any reference to problems at DCS that prompted an ongoing, independent investigation. One speaker at the rally made a passing mention to the “whirlwind” in which the new DCS director joined the embattled agency three months ago.
Stigdon declined to speak with reporters.