As Virginia Black reported in In Wake of Recent Deaths, DCS Still Trying to Hire More Workers, this summer, there have been a number of children around the state who were seriously harmed at the hands of adults. This, unfortunately, drew attention once again to the Indiana Department of Child Services caseworkers and their caseloads. As noted in the article, there are questions about how caseload numbers are tracked and whether the agency is getting any closer to achieving it staffing goals and the staffing ratio caseload goals. During the September 2014 DCS Oversight Committee, DCS provided staff turnover statistics that reflect a continuing trend of 15-17%.
The DCS Oversight Committee has heard reports on caseloads and staff turnover through out the existence of the committee, which is chaired by Senator Carlin Yoder and staffed by Senator John Broden and Representative Gail Riecken, as well as representatives from a variety of agencies and groups. Links to the minutes since the committee came within the umbrella of the Commission on Improving the Status of Children are available here. Older minutes and reports from the 2013 Child Services Oversight Committee are available here. The minutes and reports from the 2012 Department of Child Services Interim Study Committee, referenced in the article, are available here.
Here are links to reports that are referenced in the article:
- 2013 Indiana Department of Child Services Annual Report to the Indiana State Budget Committee and Indiana Legislative Council
- State of Indiana Department of Child Services Ombudsman Bureau 2013 Annual Report