The Department of Child Services wants the legislature to help improve the process of reporting child abuse and neglect to the agency.
The ACLU of Indiana sued the Department of Child Services on behalf of Mary Price, a caseworker who oversees 43 children.
The DCS must provide enough caseworkers so that the average caseload doesn’t exceed 17 kids. All but one of the 19 regions in the state exceeds that standard.
The report from the Indiana Department of Child Services says 12 children died from abuse and 54 from neglect.
The 61 percent increase follows a 7 percent decrease in out of home placements between 2011 and 2012
The Department of Child Services failed to approve adoption assistance payments that would allow the couple to continue to "adequately care" for the children.
Gov. Pence will hold a press conference Thursday morning regarding the Department of Child Services; the health department confirmed five cases of E. coli.
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.
Agency officials say asking for more money to hire new case managers may not be the solution.