IndyStar columnist Tim Swarens dicusses the top political stories in the news on this week's edition of IN Focus, including the controversy over Planned Parenthood and the lawsuit filed against the Department of Child Services.
The Indiana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a class action lawsuit against the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS). The ACLU claims case managers for DCS are overworked, and as a result, are unable to protect thousands of children across the state.
ACLU lawyers claim DCS is breaking Indiana law. In the suit, the ACLU represents a case manager responsible for 43 cases. The state required maximum is 17.
The ACLU has filed a preliminary injunction requesting immediate action on behalf of the Indiana General Assembly to hire enough DCS case workers to get the case load down to a legal level.
“This isn’t a lawsuit about case managers having to work too hard. This is a lawsuit about what happens when case managers are not able to do their job,” said Ken Falk, the Legal Director for the ACLU of Indiana.
FOX59's James Gherardi has the latest on the lawsuit below.