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[DCS] DCS Appoints Peggy Surbey Director in Marion County
Start Date: 5/13/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/13/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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INDIANAPOLIS (May 13, 2013)The Indiana Department of Child Services announced today Peggy Surbey has been appointed local director of the Marion County office of DCS. She will also serve as region 10 manager. Marion County is the sole county in region 10. In her new role Peggy 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 more than 400 that includes family case managers, supervisors, legal and clerical staff. She’ll also handle general office operations. 


“We’re very pleased Peggy will be managing day-to-day operations in our Marion County office,” said Dave Judkins, DCS’ Deputy Director of Field Operations. “Her background of working in the field and then later serving as a supervisor and deputy director will be invaluable to her as she continues to help families in her county now as director and regional manager.”


A life-long Hoosier, Peggy was born and grew up in Winamac in Pulaski County. While attending Indiana University School of Social Work, she worked for Children’s Bureau in Indianapolis as a child abuse hotline worker. After graduation, Peggy joined the Indiana State Government agency, Family and Social Services Administration, as a public assistance worker and later worked as a caseworker in child welfare becoming a supervisor in 1998. Next she worked for Riley Hospital for Children in the risk management department. She returned to State Government with the Department of Child Services, first as a supervisor and then as interim director for the Hamilton County office.  Promoted to division manager in Marion County in 2007, she has been deputy director since 2009. Peggy has a Masters degree in social work from Indiana University.


She began her new duties in Marion County April 5.


The Marion County office of the Indiana Department of Child Services is located at 4150 North Keystone in Indianapolis. To report child abuse or neglect, call the child abuse/neglect hotline:  800.800.5556. 


About Indiana Department of Child Services:

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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