Tag Archives: Department of Child Services

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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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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Child Welfare — A Guide for Educators

What is Child Welfare?: A Guide for Educators from the Child Welfare Information Gateway highlights how educators and the Indiana Department of Child Services can and should work together.  Obviously, a key role is to identify possible abuse and neglect … Continue reading

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DCS Oversight Committee May 2014 Meeting

The DCS Oversight Committee did meet in May after a hiatus since October 2013, and since being named a task force under the umbrella of the Commission on Improving the Status of Children.  The meeting minute are here. Of note … Continue reading

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In re G.P. — Right to Counsel in CHINS Cases

In re the Involuntary Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of G.P., a Minor Child, and His Mother, J.A. v. Indiana Department of Child Services and Child Advocates, Inc. involves a lengthy discussion of the right to counsel in CHINS cases. … Continue reading

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