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[DCS] Indiana Dept. of Child Services Appoints Michelle Russell Director in Ripley County
Start Date: 10/30/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 10/30/2012End Time: 11:59 PM
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VERSAILLES, Ind.The Indiana Department of Child Services announced today Michelle Russell has been appointed local office director of the Ripley Co. office of DCS.  In her new role Michelle will set goals and objectives for child welfare management helping to ensure children are protected from abuse or neglect.  In addition, she’ll oversee a team of seven that includes family case managers, supervisors and clerical staff.  She’ll also handle general office operations. 


“We’re delighted Michelle will be managing day-to-day operations in Ripley County,” said Dave Judkins, DCS’ Deputy Director of Field Operations.  “With an abundance of practical experience working with abused and neglected children as well as several years of supervisory know-how, Michelle is well equipped to be a true leader and serve her county well.”


A life-long Indiana resident, Michelle was born and spent her childhood in neighboring Dearborn Co.  She has degrees in sociology and child development/family studies from Purdue University.


Beginning her career with DCS in 1990 as a family case manager in Floyd Co., Michelle transferred to Ripley Co. in 1993.  She had been a supervisor there since 2001.


Michelle began her new duties in Ripley Co. in September.


The Ripley Co. office of the Indiana Department of Child Services is located at 531 W. US 50 in Versailles.  Phone number:  812.689.6295.  To report child abuse or neglect, call the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline:  800.800.5556. 


About Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS):

DCS is committed to protecting children who are victims of abuse or neglect.  The agency’s primary goal is to safely keep these children at home with their families by offering appropriate support services.  If safety continues to be a concern, children are placed with relatives or in foster care.  DCS also oversees adoptions from the foster care system and manages the Child Support Bureau.  The Kids First Trust Fund, supported by the sale of ‘Kids First’ specialty automobile license plates, subsidizes programs designed to prevent child abuse and neglect.  Indiana Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline:  800.800.5556.

Contact Information:
Name: Rich Allen, Assistant Communications Director
Phone: 317.232.4424
Entry Type:
Press Release
Entry Category:
  • Kids and Families
  • Category:
  • Family & Health
  • Agency Name
    Child Services, Indiana Department of

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