Pence cited a 26 percent increase in the number of DCS caseloads over the last year as a motivating factor in the hiring of these new employees.
The ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of a caseworker who says she’s supervising 43 children when state law says she shouldn’t be overseeing more than 17.
Indiana law mandates that DCS must have enough caseworkers so that one employee doesn’t supervise more than 17 children at a time.
DCS needs 77 more case managers to meet state workload requirements. But the agency is undergoing a caseload study instead of requesting more employees.
A study committee is working on recommendations for how the legislature should upgrade the Department of Child Services' hotline.
John Gregg says DCS is a broken system. Mike Pence says, although reform is needed, DCS is meeting the needs of the community.
Both Republicans and Democrats have expressed concerns about DCS, ranging from high caseworker turnover to the centralization of the agency’s hotline.
A court ruling says it's important to take into account the effort a parent makes in protecting children, not just the results.
In addition to new daily per diem rates for foster care parents, Department of Child Services will change the way it places kids in foster homes.