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African American children make up 15% of the U.S. population, but represent 34% of the children in foster care.

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Indiana CPS News Archive

Indiana News Coverage

by Sarah Boswell

In a wave of bright yellow T-shirts, Muncie community members circled John E. Worthen Area to raise awareness for child abuse.

Lap after lap, parents with young children, senior citizens and young adults walked around the arena concourse to participate in We Have a Voice, sponsored by the Suzanne Gresham Center, a branch of Meridian Services.

Ball State Daily News

April 11, 2010

by Eric King

NEW ALBANY, Ind. -- A New Albany woman is in custody after her 2-year-old son was found wandering the streets in the middle of the night.

The child is unharmed and is now with Child Protective Services, but Brittany Hardesty, his mother, could face more than 20 years in prison if she is convicted of neglect.

WLKY Louisville News

April 6, 2010

On April 30, in observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Indiana University Northwest School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), the Division of Social Work, will host the 20th Annual Forum on Child Abuse and Neglect.

This year's Forum is co-sponsored by: Prevent Child Abuse Lake County; Mental Health America; The Villages; Lake Area United Way; Parents as Teachers of Lake County; AHEC; the Purdue University Calumet School of Nursing; Sigma Theta Tau; Geminus Community Partners; Indiana Department of Child Services; St. Monica Home; and the Northwest Indiana Chapter - American Society for Public Administration.

Indiana University Northwest

March 29, 2010

by Michael Zennie

The Department of Child Services has cut millions of dollars from a statewide program aimed at preventing child abuse.

Facing reductions of up to 25 percent in funding and more cuts on the way, local non-profits have been forced to stop counseling hundreds of families - mostly young, single mothers - who are at risk of abusing and neglecting their children.

The Journal Gazette

February 15, 2010

by Matt Thacker

A Borden man faces a felony charge after the Clark County Sheriff's Department uncovered a complex marijuana growing system in his house, according to a police report.

Frank E. Money, 36, was being investigated by Child Protective Services after two 17-year-old girls came forward to allege Money had abused them. During the interview, the girls claimed that Money grows marijuana in his bedroom closet from seeds to small plants and then transplants them to an outside shed, where he harvests the plants and then smokes the marijuana.

The News and Tribune

January 27, 2010

by Stacia Matthews

INDIANAPOLIS -- Some Indiana adoptive and foster parents are upset after they thought they were being taxed on the funds they get from the state.

A letter from the Indiana Department of Child Services was sent out saying that the IRS would mail 1099 tax forms to adoptive and foster parents by Feb. 1.

The Indy Channel

January 27, 2010

The Indiana Department of Child Services planned to cut subsidies in January to foster and adoptive parents.

DCS also planned to reduce funding to residential treatment centers that help provide for kids in state custody. A U.S. district judge issued a ruling temporarily blocking DCS from scaling back these subsidies.

Fox News 59

January 25, 2010

by Christina M. Wright

ANDERSON -- The woman who was charged with neglecting to report abuse to her 3-month-old son was released from Madison County Jail on Wednesday evening without a judge's order banning her from seeing the infant.

She has been charged with two counts of neglect of a dependent. Her son, 14-week-old Jayden Sheets, was placed with the Department of Child Services after he was released from Riley Hospital for Children last Friday.

The Herald Bulletin

January 20, 2010

by Debbie Harbeson

Clarksville officials felt it was important to separate out two categories included in the percentage: those who graduated on waivers and those who transferred to homeschooling.

Clarksville realizes the potential for abuse here. Clarksville decided to pull out the percentage of students who transferred to homeschooling because they worry that some families might be using the ability to transfer to the home education as a way to drop out. However, the real potential for abuse here is that a school will create a "push-out," a student whose family is "strongly encouraged" to homeschool.

The News and Tribune

January 20, 2010

The trial court adjudicated a child to be a "Child in Need of Services" ("CHINS") without specifically alleging that the child was a CHINS with respect to the child's father.

The question in a CHINS adjudication is not parental fault, but whether the child needs services. Because a CHINS determination regards the status of the child, the juvenile court is not required to determine whether a child is a CHINS as to each parent, only whether the statutory elements have been established.

Leagle

January 8, 2010

EVANSVILLE - Three people are arrested on meth charges in Pike County.

The Simisons and Lett were taken to the Pike County jail and charged with dealing meth near a school and child neglect. The children were taken into protective custody by Pike County Child Protective Services.

14 WFIE News

January 8, 2010

Child welfare advocates are now combining two lawsuits. They're trying to stop the state from cutting funds for kids in foster care.

Both lawsuits were filed last month. That's when the department of child services announced plans to cut payments for shelter, food and other basic care.

Fox 59 WXIN

January 4, 2010

by Megan Stembol

AUBURN -- The mother who allegedly threw her newborn baby in a dumpster is out of jail and awaiting a court date in January. So, what's to become of her baby girl, who survived hours alone, wrapped in plastic, in a dumpster?

Ann Houseworth, the Communications Director for the Indiana Department of child services did shed some light on what the future may hold for Baby Lesch. Houseworth says within 48 hours of taking the child into protective custody, the court holds a "detention hearing". That requires Child Protective Services offcials to explain to a judge why they've removed the child from his or her parents.

Wane

November 11, 2009

by Joseph Dits

MISHAWAKA -- "Don't give up on me," says Kyle, who at age 17 has been through so many foster homes he's lost count.

He and four other young people from the South Bend and Fort Wayne areas spoke at a foster care conference Saturday, letting adults know what foster kids need in order to be whole.

South Bend Tribune

September 20, 2009

by Dave Stafford

ANDERSON -- A man arrested Monday is charged with leaving an infant and a dog locked inside a hot car while he gambled at Hoosier Park.

Kevin J. Bermes, 23, Indianapolis, was in the Madison County Jail on Tuesday on charges of neglect of a dependent and animal cruelty. Police called a wrecker service to gain entry to the 2006 Pontiac Gran Prix. They also contacted Child Protective Services.

The Herald Bulletin

September 15, 2009

by Lisa Trigg

A Terre Haute mother has received a six-year prison sentence for felony child neglect of her 10-month-old daughter under a plea agreement accepted Monday in Vigo Superior Court 3.

Dawn Day Gutierrez, 21, pleaded guilty in June to class-B felony neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injuries. In her plea agreement, two class-C felony charges of neglect of a dependent were dropped.

The Tribune-Star

July 14, 2009

by Women's Prison Association

The Women's Prison Association (WPA) has released the first-ever national report on prison nursery programs. The report examines the expansion of prison nursery programs across the U.S.

These programs allow incarcerated women to keep their newborns with them in prison for a finite period of time. The report finds that the number of prison-based nursery programs is growing, but that such programs are still relatively rare.

Corrections

July 13, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS -- Three children are removed from an apartment home hours after a maintenance worker caught a screaming 4-year-old boy who was dangling from a window.

Child Protective Services removed three children from the home, and the boy's mother will face a judge Tuesday to explain how the boy got out the window. The boy's mother didn't want to talk to 6 News, but her sister, Monica Sanders, said mom was in the shower while the children played.

WRTV Indianapolis

June 23, 2009

by Libby Keeling

An Evansville couple arrested on child neglect charges Monday reportedly share a history of alcohol-fueled physical altercations.

"The people involved had difficulty finding dry, sanitary clothes for the kids to wear," he said. The children, ages 4 and younger, were taken into their grandparents' care. Child Protective Services was alerted.

Evansville Courier and Press

June 18, 2009

An Oct. 27 trial date has been set for a Blackhawk couple accused of felony neglect of their two preschool-age children.

Amanda L. Ford, 27, and Carl D. Ford, 28, were initially arraigned in Vigo Superior Court Division 6, but were transferred to Superior Court Division 3 on Tuesday, when they both were assigned public defenders.

The Tribune Star

June 17, 2009

by Scott Sarvay

A DeKalb County judge ruled a four-year old who wandered away in the middle of the night will be reunited with his parents.

Child Protective Services and Crystien Nitcher's parents met with the judge late Thursday morning. The boy had been in protective care for the 48-hours prior to the hearing.

Indiana's NewsCenter

June 4, 2009

by Robin Abcarian

The girl's voice in the videotape is tiny and tentative. She is talking to a nursing aide in a Planned Parenthood clinic in Bloomington, Ind. The girl wants an abortion.

The aide explains that the girl will need a parent's consent because she is only 13. The girl balks; she does not want to name the father. "Cause, I mean, he would be in really big trouble," says the girl. Her boyfriend, she explains, is 31.

Los Angeles Times

April 26, 2009

by John Martin

The mother of a 9-month-old girl was arrested early Wednesday for allegedly leaving the child alone overnight in her Evansville apartment with the front door open.

Heather Smith, 19, of 1741 E. Michigan St., Apt. E, faces a felony charge of neglect. The child was placed in the care of Child Protective Services. A baby was visible inside the apartment crawling on the floor, neighbors said.

Evansville Courier Press

April 23, 2009

by Debbie Blank

In Ripley County in 2008 there were 142 substantiated cases of child abuse, reports Angela Krieger. Last year 549 reports involving 806 children were made, leading to 395 investigations.

What are some issues that trigger child abuse? "Right now with the economy, it could be financial," the president points out. "Parents are frustrated" due to lack of jobs, "not having money to get food or be able to pay rent." Other examples of behavior that may provoke incidents are constantly getting poor grades or fighting with a brother or sister.

Batesville Herald Tribune

April 13, 2009

FOUNTAIN COUNTY -- The mother of a 3-year-old girl who police said exposed a couple accused of molesting children says she wants them put away for life.

Stephen E. Quick, 31, and Samantha Light, 25, both of Veedersburg, were arrested on March 5 after a young girl told her mother that the couple had touched her inappropriately and photographed her while she was being baby-sat at their home on Feb. 28.

theindychannel.com

March 13, 2009

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