DCS Director Terry Stigdon

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.

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.

Department of Child Services Director Terry Stigdon. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Department of Child Services again asked state lawmakers Thursday to increase its funding by nearly $300 million per year.

DCS Asks For $300 Million More Per Year In New Budget

Dec 10, 2018
Department of Child Services Director Terry Stigdon addresses the State Budget Committee. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana Department of Child Services says it needs about $300 million more per year in funding than it got in the last state budget.

Lawmakers Push Back Against Proposed DCS Changes

Sep 5, 2018
DCS Associate Director Todd Meyer, left, and Director Terry Stigdon, right, testify before a legislative study committee. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana lawmakers aren’t happy with some of the recommendations from an independent evaluation of the Department of Child Services.