STATEHOUSE (March 1, 2018) — The Indiana House of Representatives Tuesday voted in favor of legislation sponsored by State Reps. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) and Shane Lindauer (R-Jasper) to protect children in need of services.
In 2015, more than 26,000 Hoosier children were victims of abuse or neglect. Senate Enrolled Act 381 would better protect children living in homes with an adult who has committed a serious crime against another child or is awaiting trial. The Department of Child Services would provide these children with care during these times.
“It is imperative we protect not only the children who are victims, but the other children in the household as well,” McNamara said. “By being aware that an abuser or someone suspected of abuse is still around children, professionals can continue to be involved so Hoosier children are less likely to become victims of abuse and neglect.”
This legislation would allow DCS to intervene and give all children in the household a Child in Need of Service’s designation so the children could receive the necessary care, treatment or rehabilitation they require.
“We have to protect our children, especially when they are so vulnerable in these situations,” Lindauer said. “Sadly, abusers are oftentimes repeat offenders. This legislation is a step in the right direction to prevent more kids from being victims of such horrible circumstances.”
State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) represents House District 76, which includes portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties.
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State Rep. Shane Lindauer (R- Jasper) represents House District 63, which includes portions of Daviess, Dubois, Pike and Martin counties.
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