Sunday, August 11, 2019

NCCPR in Times of Northwest Indiana: The last thing Indiana child welfare needs is another McLawsuit

Three months ago, NWI Times reporter Giles Bruce documented the problem at the heart of Indiana’s child welfare failure: The state routinely confuses poverty with “neglect.” That in turn leads to Indiana tearing apart families needlessly at one of the highest rates in America.

Unfortunately, it appears that Marcia Lowry never read Bruce’s story, because she’s brought a lawsuit against the Indiana Department of Child Services that ignores this issue. As a result, the lawsuit could end up making Indiana child welfare even worse. It’s not that DCS doesn’t deserve to be sued — but this isn’t the way to do it.

And for more about the failure of these suits, and links to data cited in the commentary, see NCCPR’s publication, The children wronged by “Children’s Rights” (and by “A Better Childhood,” too).