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PRESS RELEASE: HOOSIER CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE SYSTEM FILE CIVIL RIGHTS ACTION FOR VIOLATION OF THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL AND FEDERAL STATUTORY RIGHTS
Evansville, Indiana, June 25) – In Indiana, two young girls removed from their mother’s home due to her substance abuse cycle through 16 and 17 different foster homes over 2.5 years; a 12-year old boy in foster care for 10 years self-harms and is put into a facility’s locked unit; a 10-year old girl who calls 911 to report her father sexually abusing her is moved through 17 different foster care placements and ends up spending three years in a state psychiatric hospital. These Hoosier children are the responsibility of Indiana’s Department of Child Services (DCS) and today they and five other foster children filed a civil rights class action alleging that DCS is failing in its duty to protect the 22,000 children with open child welfare cases, including the 14,300 of these children who are in out-of-home care.
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