Prevent Child Abuse Indiana
2014 BREAKING THE CYCLE CONFERENCE
Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, a Division of The Villages, is partnering with The Institute for Strengthening Families on April 7, 2014 to bring you one fantastic conference!
PCAIN Presents Featured Speaker: Actress, Singer & Motivational Speaker
on Monday, April 7th
The PCAIN Breaking the Cycle Conference is on April 7 & The Institute for Strengthening Families Conference is April 7-9. They will be held at the Hilton North Indianapolis, 8181 N Shadeland in Indianapolis.
The cost to attend the Conferences -- $50 per person for one, two or three days. An additional cost of $20 will be charged to attend the Monday, April 7th Keynote Luncheon featuring Gloria Loring.
Monday is primarily devoted to PCAIN's usual conference schedule with the Kickoff of the 2014 Indiana Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Awareness Month, Exhibitors, Workshops and the Lunch/Keynote. The Institute for Strengthening Families will also have additional workshops on Monday, and more workshops to choose from on Tuesday & Wednesday.
View the Conference Brochure -- Registration Link is on the last page of the Brochure.
Registration is available on the Institute for Strengthening Families website.
Villages Staff, Villages, Villages Foster Parents & Council Complimentary Pass users will be asked to register on this webpage to receive your special discount. Click here to register.
ALL VILLAGES HEALTHY FAMILIES STAFF - You will need to register at www.theinstituteforfamilies.org website, as usual.
If your organization is interested in being a Sponsor or Exhibitor, please click here.
MATT BREMAN MEMORIAL Run 4 Kids Information
No one can do everything. But everyone can do something. And together, we can do anything. Together, we can prevent child abuse!
Prevent Child Abuse Indiana is dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect, and is committed to making Indiana a better, safer place for Indiana's most precious resources - our children. With strong support of active councils throughout the state, we work together to:
Please report all child abuse and neglect by calling
- Increase awareness of the problem and inform communities about solutions.
- Serve as a valuable resource for families, individuals and organizations.
- Advocate for expanded and improved programs and policies to prevent child abuse.
- Foster a statewide network committed to child abuse prevention.
Suspected child abuse or neglect should be reported to Child Protective Services (CPS). They operate a 24-hour, 7-day a week hotline: 1-800-800-5556. There is also a local number for every county listed at the CPS website http://www.in.gov/dcs/2372.htm
Our office does NOT take abuse/neglect report calls.
Ombuds-what?! The DCS Ombudsman Bureau and its Role in the Indiana Child Welfare System
Since 2009, the DCS Ombudsman Bureau has been receiving, investigating, and attempting to resolve complaints against the Department of Child Services. However, few people even know what an ombudsman is, much less the function of the DCS Ombudsman Bureau. The term “ombudsman” is a Swedish term for an appointed government official who investigates or resolves citizens’ complaints, reports findings, and provides recommendations to a state agency.
In 2009, pursuant to Indiana Code 4-13-19, Governor Mitch Daniels appointed Director Susan Hoppe to be the first DCS Ombudsman; since then, Director Hoppe has added two full-time Assistant Ombudsmen. In 2013, upon the retirement of Director Hoppe, Mike Pence appointed Director Alfreda Singleton-Smith to the role of DCS Ombudsman.
So, what does the ombudsman do? The DCS Ombudsman has the statutory authority to receive, investigate, and attempt to resolve a complaint that alleges the Department of Child Services, by an action or omission, failed to protect the physical or mental health or safety of any child or failed to follow specific laws, rules, or written policies. The DCS Ombudsman may also examine policies and procedures, evaluate the effectiveness of the child protection system, and provide recommendations to improve the system. Further, the DCS Ombudsman Bureau is an independent agency that is housed within the Indiana Department of Administration that provides unbiased and independent review of issues regarding DCS.
Anyone who believes DCS failed to protect the health or safety of a child, or failed to follow laws, rules or written procedure, may file a complaint with the DCS Ombudsman Bureau.
For more information, please visit http://www.in.gov/idoa/2610.htm or call 1-877-682-0101.
Prevent Child Abuse America has released its Annual Report for 2011. The report is chock full of useful information about national and local initiatives, as well as the National Movement for America’s Children. To get your own copy, click here!