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Indiana - WTTB CBS4 News
Indiana - Jeffersonville News and Tribune
South Carolina - FoxCarolina.com
South Carolina - Childrensrights.org
Indiana - CBS4Indy.com
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - A group tasked with doing a full review of Indiana's Department of Child Services gave Hoosiers a better glimpse into the problems plaguing the agency Thursday morning.
The consultants revealed concerns about staffing, responsiveness from local DCS offices and the availability of services for substance abuse.
Arkansas - Talkbusiness.net
The state has reduced the number of children in foster care from 5,196 in late 2016 to 4,471 and reduced the caseload for foster care workers from 28 to 20, according to a new report released Wednesday (Oct. 24) by the Arkansas Department of Human Services.
The report, “Foundation for the Future,” says the 4,471 children currently in foster care is a 14% decline from two years ago. In 2016, the number was projected to grow to 5,800 by August 2017.
Arkansas - Arkansas Times
Gov. Asa Hutchinson said last week that he will work to address shortcomings in the state's child welfare system — including committing $8 million in state dollars to hire more caseworkers to lower their workload — that were identified by a consultant who studied the Division of Children and Family Services of the state Department of Human Services.
Iowa - The Gazette
As the state examines the tragic deaths of two adopted teenagers, we want to assure Iowans that we’re committed to finding meaningful areas to address within the child welfare system, and within our community safety nets.
We’re doing this by engaging the Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group (CWG) to conduct a broad review of the state system. And, we’re also doing this in partnership with legislators who are examining DHS resources and the state’s policies and practices meant to protect kids.