DCS

Brandon Smith / IPB News

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.

Brandon Smith / IPB News

The Indiana Department of Child Services is responding to a class action lawsuit alleging the agency is failing the children in its care.

Steve Burns, WFIU/WTIU News

The Indiana agency that oversees the state’s foster system is the target of a class action lawsuit filed Tuesday morning in federal court in Evansville. The suit accuses the Department of Child Services of violating children’s constitutional rights.

Courtesy / State of Indiana

A Department of Child Services case manager say she’s handling way too many cases, putting children’s lives at risk, because the agency won’t hire enough people.  Now, the ACLU is taking the state to court over the issue.

Indiana law mandates that DCS must have enough caseworkers so that one employee doesn’t supervise more than 17 children at a time.  Case manager Mary Price says her caseload is 43 children – too many, she says, to effectively handle. 

Court: DCS can interview children who witness abuse

Oct 12, 2012

The Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled the Department of Child Services can interview children without a parent’s permission if those children are witnesses to cases of abuse.

Last year, a 12-year-old girl alleged that her stepfather sexually abused her. During a later interview at a child advocacy center in Bloomington the girl recanted her statements.