Editorial: Local voice needed in child services arena

The Indiana Senate last week unanimously approved state Sen. Brent Steele’s legislation that would allow more direct communication between local offices of the state Department of Child Services and professionals who work with children.

Senate Bill 105 passed the full Senate 47-0 and now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration and a vote. Our state representatives — Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, Eric Koch, R-Bedford, and Steve Davisson, R-Salem, should support the bill.

Steele’s proposal would allow law enforcement officials, judiciary employees, medical professionals and school officials to report cases of suspected child abuse or neglect to local Department of Child Services caseworkers rather than through the centralized child abuse hotline in Indianapolis.

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