The Department of Child Services has been criticized in the past year, but the Annie E. Casey Foundation says it has made significant improvements.
The number of children going into the court system that need legal advocates is on the rise.
Hoosier taxpayers will each receive about $110 because of the automatic refund that is triggered when the surplus reaches a certain amount.
Gubernatorial candidate John Gregg says the Department of Child Services should implement a statewide adoption promotion program, among other initiatives.
The department will redirect part of its budget to create two new programs.
Some parents have alleged the Department of Child Services has not provided enough preventative services to mentally challenged children.
A new program from the Department of Child Services is trying to keep children in their own homes for longer before being transferred to foster care.
The packs contain materials a child might need after leaving their home -- because nothing can be brought with them.
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.