Category Archives: DCS

Hopes for the New Year 2015

As the new year begins, here are the hopes for 2015: That anti-shackling legislation continues to spread around the country, including here in Indiana, which would allow detained children to appear without shackles during court hearings unless the judge has … Continue reading

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Giving Parents a Voice in CHINS and TPR Cases

Giving Parents a Voice: The Legal Representation of Parents in Child Welfare Cases, a video by the Supreme Court of Mississippi, features interviews of experts filmed during the 2013 American Bar Association (ABA) Parent Attorney Conference.  The majority of the film is … Continue reading

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Dangers to Children Living in Meth Lab Homes

The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) has developed a special protocol that is instituted when children are found in homes that are also methamphetamine labs or in which caregivers are using or dealing methamphetamine.  The DCS protocol requires a … Continue reading

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DCS Caseloads Being Scrutinized After Recent Tragedies

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 … Continue reading

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Next DCS Oversight Committee Meeting September 9, 2014

The DCS (Department of Child Services) Oversight Committee will meet on September 9, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. in room 233 of the Indiana Statehouse, 200 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana  46204.  No agenda has been published.  The meeting minutes from … Continue reading

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Two New TPR Cases Involving Incarceration

Over the last few years, there have been several termination of parental rights (TPR) cases published by the Indiana appellate courts involving incarcerated parents.  Two more were added to the list in July 2014: In the Matter of the Termination … Continue reading

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Cross Systems Youth Task Force Evaluating Practice Model

When the Cross Systems Youth Task Force of the Commission on Proving the Status of Children met on April 24, 2014, representatives from the Casey Family Programs (CFP) met to discuss the crossover youth practice model advocated by CFP.  The practice … Continue reading

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