Department of Child Services (DCS)

DCS gets grant to connect families to child support

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Indiana’s Department of Child Services received a $170,000 digital marketing grant last week enabling its Child Support Bureau to test new digital tools aimed at...Read more

13 Investigates: DCS violated parents' rights, took kids away

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Late Thursday afternoon, in a statement sent to 13 Investigates, DCS director Terry Stigdon admitted the department's legal work had indeed "fallen short of the...Read more

Life and death debate to save children's lives

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New numbers released Wednesday show just how many Hoosier children are losing their lives to abuse and neglect.Read more


Department of Child Services report shows 59 deaths as agency discusses improvements

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Indianapolis leaders are taking a close look at the Department of Child Services in Indiana.Read more

Lawmakers get update on changes to Department of Child Services

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The head of Indiana’s Department of Child Services told a legislative panel that her agency is making progress to fix some of the problems at the troubled agency.Read more

Prosecutor says DCS "absolutely" could have saved murdered boy's life

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Harlan Haines lived only 19 months before investigators claim he was beaten, abused and murdered.Read more

House speaker 'disturbed' DCS failed to act on past reports

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Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma said Monday that he was "disturbed" after finding out that the state's child welfare agency failed to take action after five different...Read more

Lawmaker proposes using federal money to help DCS

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A state lawmaker is recommending that Indiana tap into a federal child care fund to help more than 500 foster care parents who are on a waiting list to receive...Read more

DCS chief says department will achieve expectations as recommendations are implemented

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Report: Parent drug use factor in many child welfare cases

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A review of Indiana's troubled child welfare agency confirms what advocates have long said: Parental drug abuse has led to a surge in children removed from their homes.Read more

'What's wrong with DCS?' One foster parent's answers may surprise you

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A foster mom who has labored in the system for 26 years describes what's it's been like working with DCS.Read more