Indiana Department of Child Services

House Committee Scales Back DCS Oversight Bill

Feb 25, 2020

A House committee dramatically scaled back a bill that would’ve provided greater oversight of the Department of Child Services.

The Indiana State Department of Health is launching a pilot program to review past child fatality cases to prevent future deaths and serious injuries.

Report: Indiana deaths up from child abuse, neglect

Jul 29, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Department of Child Services says child neglect and abuse deaths increased during fiscal year 2017.

A report released Friday details 65 deaths that resulted directly from abuse or neglect. That's up from 59 child deaths in fiscal year 2016.

The report found that 44 were due to neglect and 21 were caused by abuse.

CASA Volunteers Advocate At The Statehouse

Mar 19, 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.

The 2019 legislative session’s first half ended as the House passed the budget, the Senate approved a major gaming bill, and Gov. Eric Holcomb stood firm on hate crimes.

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

House Budget

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Lauren Chapman

Indiana has more children taken from their homes as the result of suspected child abuse or neglect than the national average. The Indiana Department of Child Services is in the process of reforming a number of policies related to these cases. 

Legislation to increase data about the death of children focuses on foster care history.

House Committee Approves Bill Making Changes At DCS

Jan 15, 2019
Department of Child Services Director Terry Stigdon addresses a House committee. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

House lawmakers easily advanced a bill out of committee Tuesday that would make changes at the Indiana Department of Child Services.

The bill stems from recommendations by an independent investigation of the agency last year.

House Minority Leader Rep. Phil GiaQuinta (D-Fort Wayne) gives a floor speech on the 2019 session's opening day. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Legislative leaders of both parties kicked off the new session Thursday with messages of bipartisanship. But it’s also clear where some of 2019’s dividing lines will be.

State Creates Foster Parent Bill Of Rights

Dec 21, 2018
The Indiana Department of Child Services has unveiled a foster parent bill of rights, as mandated by 2018 legislation. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana Department of Child Services has unveiled a foster parent bill of rights, as mandated by 2018 legislation.

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.

 

The Indiana Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday it can’t force the Department of Child Services to comply with caseload requirements in state law.