DCS Consultant: Twice As Many Hoosier Kids Out Of Home

first_imgIL for www.theindianalawyer.comA consultant hired by the state says Indiana has more than double the number of children in out-of-home care compared to the national average.The consultant, Child Welfare Policy, and Practice Group, was hired by Gov. Eric Holcomb to review the Department of Child Services after the resignation of former agency head Mary Beth Bonaventura. In her resignation letter in December, she accused Holcomb’s administration of service cuts that “all but ensure children will die.”The contract Holcomb’s office signed with Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group runs from Jan. 2-June 21, 2018. Cost of the work will be capped at $146,630.In a six-page initial progress report, the consultant sketched its plan for reviewing DCS. The work will include interviewing stakeholders such as children and families, foster parents, judges, law enforcement and caseworkers; examining outcomes and internal management data to assess how children are being served; and reviewing policies and case files.Also, the consultant will shadow family case managers and supervisors in Allen, Clark, Lake, Marion, and Vanderburgh counties.The consultant has begun interviewing personnel at DCS, including the incoming director, Terry Stigdon. Thus far the consultant has little to report, although officials said Thursday they found the state needs a better system for tracking cases of child abuse and neglect.The number of children placed in foster care because their drug-addict parents can’t care for them has surged across the country. But the problem is particularly acute in a handful of states including Indiana.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Perfect place with the perfect space

first_imgKerry-Ann and Andrew Hudson are building their dream home at The Orchard.THE Hudson family spent months researching the local property market trying to find the perfect place to build their dream home. They had just welcomed a new addition, Isabella, and been transferred to Townsville in their roles in the Australian Defence Force. Kerry-Ann and husband Andrew set about developing a list of things they were looking for – the most important was proximity to work so they could spend more time with Isabella, and plenty of space to grow as a family. During their search of Townsville’s best residential communities, they came across The Orchard, the newest large-lot development from long-established local developer Elements North Queensland. Kerry-Ann said that as soon as they entered the estate, they knew The Orchard was right for them.“Andrew and I spent a few weekends visiting local developments and during our search we came across The Orchard,” Kerry-Ann said.“There is just one road in to the community meaning it feels safe and secure and the quality of the development is obvious as soon as you enter.“A meticulously manicured entrance that boasts lush green grass and orchard-inspired trees greets you as you enter the development and the large lots have beautiful views out to the Coral Sea.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“The community is surrounded by natural bushland and is just minutes to some great schools, shops and the easy connection to the Ring Road means we are at Lavarack in less than 15 minutes.” The Hudsons opted for a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home complete with media room, pool and 6x6m shed on a 1100sq m block with GJ Gardner Homes. “The lot size allowed us to include everything we wanted in our dream home,” Kerry-Ann said. “Andrew does some personal training so we converted the shed into a home gym and I wanted a large pool with plenty of yard for Isabella to run around in.“But probably the major thing we were looking for was a place that wasn’t too far away from our work as we want to spend more time together as a family. “As soon as we visited The Orchard, we knew it was perfect for us. “It ticks all the boxes and their sales team made the process simple and enjoyable, helping us every step along the way.”The Orchard is located off Darling Road in Jensen and is Townsville’s newest large-lot community by leading developer Elements North Queensland, which has been delivering quality estates in Townsville for 30 years. For more information call 4731 1425 or visit theorchardnq.com.aulast_img read more

Lady Bulldogs And Lady Eagles Win Ripley County Tourney Opener-Area Basketball Scores (1-7)

first_imgArea Basketball ScoresTuesday  (1-7)Ripley County Girls Basketball Tourney @ Jac-Cen-DelBatesville  41     South Ripley  29Jac-Cen-Del  71     Milan  37Girls ScoresEast Central  53     Dixie Heights  35Rushville  55     Franklin County  37Greensburg  45     Jennings County  40South Decatur  48     Knightstown  36Greenfield-Central  48     Connersville  20Borden  36     Shawe Memorial  25Morristown  45     Southwestern Shelby  33Madison  49     Brownstown Central  40Boys ScoresLaSalle  84     East Central  37Southwestern Hanover  68     Providence  51Edinburgh  55     Crosspointe Christian  46last_img