Prevent Child Abuse Indiana
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.
Prevent Child Abuse Indiana Regional Luncheon / Workshops
Prevent Child Abuse Indiana works hard to prevent abuse and neglect through education and community connections. We are pleased to present our Annual Regional Luncheon/Workshops on the theme of:
"Keeping Up With Social Media"
Workshop Description for Speaker, Joan Knies: Joan will be giving an overview of "social media" computer and smart phone apps as: Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, etc. She will share what youth are currently using and also some very important tips on digital citizenship/safety. She will provide terminology and lots of resources to use to continue personal learning. The more we know about technology, the more we can do to protect children and ultimately prevent abuse of all types.
Workshop Description for Speaker, Eric Tamashasky: "Cyber-safety and Cyber-crimes" will address ways to improve the safety of people online and the perils of social media specifically involving children.
Time: 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Non-Members $10.00 and Members $5.00 (Cash or Check at the door)
Dates & Locations:
September 12th in Columbus, IN (Speaker: Joan Knies)
October 3rd in Corydon, IN (Speaker: Joan Knies)
October 10th in South Bend, IN (Speaker: Eric Tamashasky)
November 14th in Indianapolis, IN (Speaker: Joan Knies)
To see the complete flyer and to register Click Here
Please register by the Friday before the Workshop.
If you are a member of a Prevention Council in Indiana, please go to the "Events & Training" link and view the flyer and register there. Thank you!
VOICES 4 CHILDREN EVENT
COME JOIN US FOR
A SILENT AUCTION!
We are coming together to help raise awareness and funds for
Prevent Child Abuse, Indiana, a Division of The Villages
It will be fun for the whole family!
Date: September 19, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Location: Overcoming Church Rec Center
2203 Columbia Avenue
Cost: $15 per person if you register by Sept 12th
$20 per person at the door
Emceed by Jason Hammer from WIBC
Join us as we hear:
Brenda Williams, Twin Peaks, Common Ground and others
lift their voices in song…all for prevention!
To Pre-Register Click Here
Prevent Child Abuse Indiana Thanks Our Generous Sponsors:
Black Plate Catering by Keith Little
C. Dannon Ittenbach
Steve & Sharon Pierce
We also thank all the individuals and companies that have donated Silent Auction Items
Men, Let's Make a Difference in Our Community, One Family at a Time
Prevent Child Abuse Indiana and Dads Inc. present
The Nurturing Fathers Program
Reflection - Discussion - Empowerment
WHEN: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 (Informational Meeting)
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Meal served at 6pm & class begins at 6:30 pm
WHERE: Overcoming Church ~ Classroom
2203 N. Columbia Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46205
WHO IS INVITED: Fathers, Grandfathers, Mentors, Adult Males
Register Early as we only have room for 20 participants for the program
WEEKLY INCENTIVES: gas cards, etc. and participants must attend 90% of scheduled sessions to qualify for the final gift
For more information and to register contact Dads Inc./Brian Carter at 317-775-6439 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.