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Indiana’s Strained Child Welfare System


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The number of kids in Indiana’s child welfare system is soaring. It’s doubled in the last five years to more than 29,000 kids.

There aren’t enough foster homes in the state, putting more pressure on the Department of Child Services.

The department is already under a microscope; when Mary Beth Bonaventura resigned as DCS director late last year, she said she could all but guarantee children would die unless the state started providing more money and support to the agency. The state responded by hiring an independent consultant to review the agency.

On this week’s Noon Edition, we talk about the state of Indiana’s foster care system. Is the state doing enough to help the most vulnerable children? And a discussion about what’s contributing to the demand for foster families.


Brent Kent, CEO of Indiana Connected by 25

Kristine Bishay, Executive Director, CASA of Monroe County

Kristi Cundiff, Founder & CEO, Indiana Foster & Adoptive Parents & Resources Advocacy Group

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