INDIANAPOLIS | State lawmakers have given the Department of Child Services all the new tools they believe the agency needs to protect Hoosier children from abuse and neglect.
The recent Indiana Department of Child Services report showing 40 children died of abuse in Indiana — five of them in Northwest Indiana — in a 12-month period should cause anyone reading it to shed a tear for those children.
GARY | William Kellibrew IV was 10 years old the day he says he stared down a gun and begged for his life.
INDIANAPOLIS | Northwest Indiana was home to five of Indiana's 40 children who died of abuse or neglect between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011, a state report released Monday shows.
INDIANAPOLIS | Another recommendation of the Legislature's 2012 Department of Child Services study committee is edging closer toward becoming law.
INDIANAPOLIS | Child abuse reports by employees of schools, medical facilities, courts or law enforcement could bypass the state's centralized abuse hotline and be referred directly to a local investigator under legislation approved 47-0 by the Indiana Senate Tuesday.
Legislation to bring necessary reforms to the Department of Child Services has fortunately cleared the first hurdles in the Indiana General Assembly.
INDIANAPOLIS | A former LaPorte High School volleyball coach, convicted of four felonies following a two-year sexual relationship with a student-athlete, must serve his full 21-year prison sentence, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Friday.
When the Department of Child Services Interim Study Committee began its work back in August, many feared its work would be an exercise in futility.
INDIANAPOLIS | A Northwest Indiana program that deploys volunteers to advocate in courts on behalf of abused or neglected children will share in a $40,000 federal grant.
INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Court of Appeals on Monday cleared the way for a trial to determine whether the LaPorte High School athletic director should have reported child abuse he allegedly knew took place.
INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Court of Appeals gave the go-ahead Friday for a trial to determine whether a former LaPorte High School volleyball coach failed to report an illegal sexual relationship between another coach and a student-athlete.
HOBART | A 47-year-old Hobart man sexually molested a girl starting when she was 10 years old, police said.
James Payne offered the necessary next reform for the Indiana Department of Child Services — by resigning from the agency he founded.
INDIANAPOLIS | The Department of Child Services would retain its centralized child abuse hotline, but some community professionals could get immediate assistance from a local DCS worker under a hotline reform plan announced Monday by Republicans studying agency operations.
INDIANAPOLIS | The director of the Indiana Department of Child Services resigned Monday amid allegations he improperly intervened in a DCS neglect case involving his grandchildren.
INDIANAPOLIS | Attorney General Greg Zoeller inked a deal with the Department of Child Services on Thursday to represent the agency in cases before the Indiana Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.
Other than the Department of Child Services brass, does anyone really like the centralized hotline for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect? I have heard from a number of people who oppose it.
VALPARAISO | The 21-year-old man said he was pleased to finally see Portage resident Christopher Truman behind bars Thursday on charges of molesting him and three other children over a period of several years.
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