DeVon: House supports efforts to foster teamwork between DCS, schools

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Friday, March 2, 2018

STATEHOUSE (March 2, 2018) — The House of Representatives recently voted in support of a bill sponsored by State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) tasking the Department of Child Services to begin coordinating with school officials to ensure children in the foster care system are better cared for.

DeVon said under this legislation, DCS would coordinate with school officials in developing a case plan for each child in foster care.

“By ensuring the schools and DCS are working together, it makes those who interact with children on a daily basis more aware of a child’s situation and warning signs regarding lack of care,” DeVon said. “Hoosier educators have a vested interest in the lives of children and well-being of students. By involving schools in the case plan process, students in foster care could receive more individualized assistance, especially as they face challenges due to the disruptions in their young lives.”

The bill would also require a parent who has had a child taken into protective custody to take part in a drug test if they would like to begin the process of reunification. This ensures the child is placed in a reliable home with a guardian who is responsible.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, new foster care cases involving parents who are using drugs have hit the highest point in more than three decades, accounting for 92,000 Hoosier children entering the system in 2016.

This bill now advances to the governor for consideration as a new law. For more information on Senate Enrolled Act 428, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) represents House District 5,

                                                                                                         which includes parts of St. Joseph county.                                                                                                              

A high-resolution photo of DeVon can be downloaded by clicking here.