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The number of children in out-of-home care increased by 44% from 1986 to 1995 (from 280,000 to 486,000).

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Indiana CPS News Archive

Indiana News Coverage

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ind. -- A woman is shot and killed inside a Montgomery County home while her children slept nearby.

A man and the woman's four children were also in the home but unharmed, police said. Police did not release the name of the woman. Her children were taken by Child Protective Services and turned over to family members.

The Indy Channel

March 9, 2009

by Steve Jefferson

Indianapolis -- Workers with the state Child Protective Services were called to a home where children live with two dozen animals. CPS says the conditions there were not fit for people.

Trash bags fill up one side of the porch at the rental home. A neighbor told us it's been that way for a while, but police say the trash on the front porch doesn't compare to the conditions inside.

WTHR Eyewitness News

February 11, 2009

by Charlie Butts and Marty Cooper

Planned Parenthood of Indiana has been asked to release juvenile-related records to a grand jury.

We've filed for the release of statistics of how many reports Planned Parenthood has made to Child Protective Services in the state of Indiana compared with the statistics of how many girls under the age of 14 they have given services to -- whether they be birth-control services, STD testing or pregnancy tests, or abortions, which would indicate sexual activity.

One News Now

January 6, 2009

A recent study criticizing Indiana for removing endangered children and placing them in foster homes at a higher rate than the national average places a welcome spotlight on child welfare.

The National Coalition for Child Protection reported that in 2007, Indiana moved children into foster care at a rate of 4.86 per 1,000 children, about 23 percent above the national average. The increase coincides with a phenomenal increase of 800 child welfare caseworkers Gov. Mitch Daniels hired after creating a separate Department of Child Services division headed by former Marion County Judge James W. Payne.

The Journal Gazette

November 13, 2008

DCS is an unconstitutional bureaucracy and I would end it.

No one would ever again lose a child without due process, probable cause, a high standard of evidence, and conviction of a crime.

Honk for Kids

October 2, 2008

by Shawn McGrath

An Anderson woman faces a felony charge for allegedly neglecting her 4- and 6-year-old daughters while she visited a plasma center Tuesday.

Hornaday arrived at the apartment shortly before 2:30 p.m. She said she was at the blood plasma center, International Bio Resources, 19 W. Ninth St., but didn't say how long she was gone. An employee at the plasma center said Hornaday was at the center from about 8:20 a.m. until after 2 p.m.

The Herald Bulletin

October 1, 2008

A former Child Protective Services worker whose job was to drive children to and from foster care was convicted Wednesday of charges she turned in claims for thousands of miles she never drove.

A Lake Criminal Court jury convicted Tannette Kinnon, 47, of misdemeanor official misconduct for falsifying mileage and overtime claims. Kinnon faces a maximum term of one year in prison when she is sentenced Oct. 9.

Chicago Tribune (IN)

September 17, 2008

Chimpanzees take better care of their young than the State of Indiana, and they use only their natural instincts. How much training does it take to figure out that a two-year-old who tested positive for methamphetamine is not safe in his home?

We, the taxpayers, demand that DCS perform the duties they have been hired to perform. Susan Tielking is a waste of office space. Her job is to recite the same old, "state confidentiality rules prohibit her from revealing specifics about the case." Our legislators must remove "confidentiality" from any and all juvenile cases. Then we can kick Susan to the curb.

Honk for Kids

August 6, 2008

by Tim Evans

The state agency responsible for protecting children once again is facing accusations that it failed to act on repeated warnings in the weeks preceding the death of a child.

The Indianapolis Star has obtained documents that reveal the Department of Child Services placed 11-week-old Destiny Linden with a foster family even after an advocate warned the agency about the care and safety of other foster children in the home.

The Indianapolis Star

July 27, 2008

The breakdown last month of settlement talks in a federal class-action lawsuit against Michigan's foster care system is unacceptable.

Michigan children abused and neglected in their families are likely to be no safer in foster care, concluded John Goad, who reviewed the deaths of five foster children. Goad, former director of child protective services in Illinois, said in the February AP story that he found serious shortcomings in how DHS is structured and managed.

South Bend Tribune

June 25, 2008

by Kelley Curran

The Indy Star reported the death of 7-week-old Destiny Linden. Destiny had been taken by the Department of Child Services because her mother had refused to pursue charges against a man who had allegedly assaulted her. The child died in foster care.

According to the Star, Destiny was the fourth child in seven months in Marion County to die while under the agency's supervision. The Web site lists hundreds of children who have died after being taken from their parents. Some studies have concluded that regardless of what situation a child is in, their risk of being seriously harmed increased when they are removed from their homes.

News and Tribune (IN)

June 10, 2008

A fatally beaten 3-year-old Indianapolis girl allegedly endured abuse at several points in her life, dating back to 2004, documents released by a juvenile court show.

Authorities said TaJanay Bailey died last week of blunt force trauma to her head, neck and abdomen. Authorities said she was repeatedly beaten for wetting her pants and soiling herself.

WRTV Indianapolis

December 3, 2007

A prosecutor said Indiana's child welfare system failed a 3-year-old girl beaten to death four weeks after being returned to her birth mother and that foster parents and state case workers would be interviewed to find out why.

Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi stopped short Friday of saying Department of Child Services staff acted criminally but said foster parents of other children have contacted his office to complain that the state agency, despite extensive reforms, continues to place youngsters in danger.

November 30, 2007

HonkforKids is an Indiana-based, statewide Parents'/Children's Rights advocacy group, whose primary purpose is attempting to stop the rampant abuses of power and position by the Indiana Child "Protective" Service.

Once the sole province of the poor and disenfranchised, now any family can, without warning, suddenly find themselves the subject of a CPS/DCS Abuse or Neglect investigation, and will quickly find out just how biased the system, and especially the Courts, can be against them.


February 24, 2007

By approving a massive, citywide pre school initiative, Denver voters have given Ohio leaders a model to watch.

Gov.-elect Ted Strickland made improving early childhood programs a major part of his campaign platform, while Cuyahoga County officials recently announced plans to launch a preschool effort next fall.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer (OH)

December 2, 2006

A foster father faces two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor after he impregnated a 15-year-old girl who been placed in his home, authorities said.

Darrin K. Reid, 37, was arrested Monday on the charges, which are felonies punishable by six to 20 years in prison. He was released from the Henry County Jail on $25,000 bond shortly after his arrest.

Wave 3 (IN)

October 26, 2006

by Rhonda Robinson

A mental health screening plan stating all Indiana children from birth to 22 years "shall" be screened survived the 11-1 vote yesterday. The comprehensive plan was part of a law passed last year to reorganize services the state provides to children.

Illinois legislators also passed a bill in 2003 that they did not bother to read, or at least think through, and many admitted that they had no idea what they were signing on to at the time.

Illinois Review

October 26, 2006

by Indiana Youth Institute

Research, statistics, and facts

Kids Count in Indiana is one of fifty state initiatives in the national KIDS COUNT network supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation of Baltimore, Maryland.

October 19, 2006

Council of Bartholomew County, Columbus, Indiana

Providing child abuse, neglect, safety and prevention literature and offers programs and workshops on related issues for parents and elementary school children.

October 19, 2006

Indiana Drug Endangered Children Protocols and Supporting Documents:

The Department of Child Services was established in January 2005 by an executive order of the Governor.

October 19, 2006

Indiana is planning its 29th Annual Breaking the Cycle Conference! The conference dates are May 7th and 8th, 2007.

We would welcome the opportunity to work with you as you share your knowledge and expertise with other professionals who are dedicated to the issue of child abuse prevention.

October 19, 2006

Violations of the Law and the Constitution By Indiana Judges

A commentary on Indiana judiciary's atrocities, partial case history, links and more.

October 6, 2006

Indiana Divorce Laws

Direct state and federal divorce information on divorce laws, child custody laws, child support, co-parenting, parenting plans, Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines, visitation, etc.

October 6, 2006

by Torm Howse

Join one of 3200 classaction lawsuits against the illegal acts of family courts!

Fighting for the rights of children to two equal parents, and the rights of both parents to equal shared parenting time and custody. Lots of info and links!

October 6, 2006

Information and insight were gathered through three public forums conducted in the state.

Initiated by Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 529 during the 2005 legislative session. The plan covers many topics including assessment, accountability and outcome measurement, finance and budget, best practices, referral networks, school standards, workforce development, and training.

October 6, 2006

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