INDIANAPOLIS – Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) released the following statement regarding the governor’s announcement concerning the Department of Child Services (DCS).

“Today we must recognize that while this is progress, we are only now achieving the bare minimum required by law to protect children.

“Hoosiers know the minimum isn’t enough.

“There are still areas of the state where significant gaps exist, where family case managers are handling many times the number of cases legally permitted under the law.

“The unthinkable burden this circumstance places on case managers and the children and families they are charged with protecting is inexcusable.

“This is encouraging progress, but we have a long way to go.

“Ensuring that new and existing caseworkers receive the training, guidance and support they need in an environment that reduces burnout and enhances continuity is ultimately what we must achieve.

 “Senate Democrats will continue to work shoulder to shoulder with the Department of Child Services and will remain a committed legislative partner in the effort to protect our most vulnerable.

“Protecting neglected and abused children is of the highest priority. We cannot continue to pad the surplus while leaving our most vulnerable Hoosiers behind.

“This is only the beginning. The true test of the governor’s commitment comes now, over the weeks and months it will take to make the structural changes required.”

Sen. Lanane represents Indiana Senate District 25 includes the portions of Madison and Delaware counties, including the City of Muncie and portions of the City of Anderson. For more information on Sen. Lanane, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/S25 .

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