DCS director resigns over Indiana kids being placed at risk

DCS director resigns over Indiana kids being placed at risk

Indianapolis Star In her letter of resignation, the longtime director of the Indiana Department of Child Services lashed out at the governor’s office, warning that a continuation of its policies will “all but ensure children will die,” IndyStar has learned. Mary Beth Bonaventura, who has worked in child welfare for 36 years, said she could no longer in good conscience stand by and watch Hoosier children “being systematically placed at risk, without the ability to help them.” “I feel I am unable to protect children because of the position taken by your staff to cut funding and services to children in […]

Emmie the facility dog joins Family & Children’s Place staff

Specially trained Golden Doodle will help comfort, support children at agency’s child advocacy centers LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 13, 2017) – Something awesome is always going on at Family & Children’s Place, but the agency has some PAWSome news to share! A very special new staff member – Emmie – facility dog for the agency’s child advocacy centers in Kentucky and Indiana! Emmie is a specially trained – and she’s still in training, along with her handlers, Becky League and Shannon Wright – golden doodle that will offer comfort and love to children who visit the CACs who may have been […]

Please consider a year-end gift to free children from abuse

As the end of the 2017 calendar year approaches, it’s time to round out your charitable contributions for the tax year, and Family & Children’s Place urges you to include the effort to prevent, treat, and end child abuse, violence, neglect, and exploitation in your philanthropic efforts. Because Family & Children’s Place is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, donations are tax-deductible. Donors must make their charitable contributions by Dec. 31, 2017 to deduct them from taxes for the current year. And considering conversations about the proposed tax reform legislation, this may well be the last year you will be able to […]

Listen, believe – only then will children be comfortable reporting abuse

A report of child abuse is made in the United States every 10 seconds. A child is sexually assaulted in the U.S. every eight minutes – one in every four girls, and one in every six boys. Closer to home, the reported incidences of   child abuse and neglect have increased 55 percent in Kentucky over the past four years and by more than 90 percent in Indiana over the past 10 years. And these are just the reported cases. National studies by the Centers for Disease Control, Department of Health and Human Services and others report that only about 10 […]