Protecting Hoosier children

Protecting Hoosier children

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Child abuse is a serious issue worldwide, and unfortunately occurs in our state. It affects children of every age, gender, race and financial status.

Indiana currently has the fourth-highest rate in the nation of child fatalities attributed to abuse and neglect. In addition, the rate of Hoosier children referred to Child Protective Services is the third-highest in the nation and almost twice the national average.

To help bring attention to this issue, Indiana, along with the rest of our nation, recognizes April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which increases awareness, teaches warning signs and provides solutions to prevent child abuse.

Recently, Gov. Holcomb issued a proclamation reminding Hoosiers that most child abuse cases result from situations that are preventable when communities are engaged in and supportive of helping ensure the safety of children.

Therefore, throughout the month of April, the Department of Child Services (DCS) and its partners will host events across the state to showcase opportunities to make Indiana a better place for Hoosier children and families to live.

This legislative session, the Indiana Senate Republican caucus is working to pass legislation that protects our Hoosier children from harm.

For example, our caucus recently unveiled our budget proposal to fund state government for the next two years, and this proposal includes fully funding DCS’ budget request.

Additionally, the General Assembly is considering House Enrolled Act 1006, which would implement the recommendations from the Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group to improve DCS based on its 2017 review of the agency.

To learn more about National Child Abuse Prevention Month and ways to get involved, click here.