Editorial: Local input vital in child-welfare cases

The Tribune

Hoosiers should take heart in a plan announced last week by an Indiana General Assembly study committee that recommends changes that would return more local control and input into the investigation of child abuse and neglect reports.

The Indiana Department of Child Services has been under intense scrutiny much of this year, with horror stories reported from all corners of the state and in between.

Members of the study committee reviewing the department unanimously approved asking the state to draft emergency regulations that would give county field workers a much-needed voice in how abuse and neglect cases are handled. That would be much as cases used to be handled, before all calls were funneled to a central hotline.

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