Department of Child Services

The Senate Family & Children Services Committee heard SB 1 authored by Sen. Houchin on the Department of Child Services (DCS). The bill would make several changes: All decisions made by DCS or the courts shall be made in consideration of the best interests of … [Read more...]

Victims of criminal acts

For amend and vote only, the Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee heard Sen. Messmer’s SB 551 on victims of criminal acts.  The bill provides the following: that a new registration period may be imposed if a sex or violent offender fails to register or … [Read more...]

Department of Child Services

The House Committee on Family, Children and Human Affairs heard HB 1006 authored by Rep. Steuerwald on the Department of Child Services (DCS).  The bill: provides older youth who received foster care are eligible to receive collaborative care services until 21years … [Read more...]

Criminal law matters

H.E.A. 1270, P.L. 144 Effective: §§1 & 33-34 effective March 19, 2018, §§2-32 effective July 1, 2018 Section 1 requires the commission on improving the status of children in Indiana to study the topic of what specific authority a law enforcement officer has in … [Read more...]

Foster parent bill of rights

S.E.A. 233, P.L. 13 Effective: July 1, 2018 Requires the Department of Child Services (department), in collaboration with: (1) current foster parents; (2) child placing agencies; and (3) other individuals and organizations with expertise in foster care services; to … [Read more...]

Children in need of services

S.E.A. 381, P.L. 71 Effective: July 1, 2018 Provides that a child who is: (1) a victim of certain offenses; and (2) unlikely to receive necessary care, treatment, or rehabilitation without the intervention of the court; is a child in need of services. Provides that … [Read more...]