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Lake juvenile judge named new Indiana DCS director

CROWN POINT | Gov. Mike Pence on Wednesday chose Lake Juvenile Court Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura to lead the Indiana Department of Child Services.

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September 26, 2012 12:00 am
EDITORIAL: Payne's final reform for DCS

EDITORIAL: Payne's final reform for DCS

James Payne offered the necessary next reform for the Indiana Department of Child Services — by resigning from the agency he founded.

September 25, 2012 12:00 am Related

Indiana DCS director resigns over involvement in case

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.

September 24, 2012 4:30 pm Related
DOUG ROSS: Toll free call for DCS is still a long distance

DOUG ROSS: Toll free call for DCS is still a long distance

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.

September 12, 2012 12:00 am

GUEST EDITORIAL: Too little, too late for children

While it’s welcome news that the state’s most vulnerable residents won’t be subjected to another massive budget cut, don’t be fooled by the Indiana Department of Child Services’ announcement that it will spend $37.8 million on child-protection programs.

July 06, 2012 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: DCS needs new direction, new director

Before James Payne took over, the Indiana Department of Child Services was a troubled agency. It remains troubled. It's time for major changes.

April 13, 2012 12:00 am

Deaths of two children the focus of a community meeting

MERRILLVILLE | The violent deaths of two Indiana children were the focus of an emotionally charged meeting Wednesday night with the state's top child services official.

April 10, 2012 10:00 pm

Record number of Indiana foster children adopted last year

INDIANAPOLIS | A record number of foster children were placed with permanent adoptive families in Indiana last year, the state reported this week.

February 22, 2012 2:30 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Penn State case is reminder of need to report abuse

GUEST COMMENTARY: Penn State case is reminder of need to report abuse

Recent events at Penn State have caused attention to be focused on the responsibility of reporting suspicions of abuse and neglect. It is a crime in Indiana to fail to report abuse or neglect. While there seems to be some confusion about the responsibility to report in Pennsylvania, Indiana'…

November 20, 2011 12:00 am
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