Tag Archives: Indiana Department of Child Services

Indiana Children’s Bureau, Inc. Older Youth Services

The Indiana Children’s Bureau, Inc. operates an Older Youth Services for children who would normally be aging out of the juvenile justice or Department of Child Services systems.  These children can receive services and monies to gain assistance with independent living … Continue reading

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In the Matter of J.G. – Urging Belated Appeals in TPR Cases

In the Matter of the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of: J.G. and C.G. (minor children) and B.G. (mother) vs. the Indiana Department of Child Services, issued on February 27, 2014, relates to an appeal of the mother’s termination of … Continue reading

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Limits of Intervention in CHINS cases — In re S.D.

In the Matter of S.D., alleged to be a child in need of services, J.B. v. Indiana State Department of Child Services, ___ N.E.2d ___ (Ind. February 12, 2014), details a case during which five children were initially alleged to … Continue reading

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DCS Liable for Failure to Notify a Victim’s Family?

A November 26, 2013, decision by the Indiana Supreme Court (F.D., G.D., and T.D. b/n/f J.D. and M.D.; and J.D. and M.D. individually, v. Indiana Department of Child Services, Evansville Police Department, and Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office) held that DCS … Continue reading

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Call for Statutory Change to Regional Services Council Membership

The statutes defining the membership (IC 31-26-6-7) of the regional service councils (RSC) should be revised to include probation officer and defense attorney members.  Juvenile court probation officers (PO’s) play a unique role in juvenile court that is far different … Continue reading

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Psychotropic Medication Use by Children in Foster Care

In December 2012, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued Children’s Mental Health: Concerns Remain About Appropriate Services for Children in Medicaid and Foster Care.  The report noted that “HHS’s Administration for Children and Families (ACF) reported that 18 percent … Continue reading

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Probation Leader Moves to DCS

On September 23, 2013, Don Travis, Chief Probation Officer of Howard County and the President of the Probation  Officers’ Professional Association of Indiana, announced that he is leaving his positions to work for the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS). … Continue reading

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