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Friday, October 30, 2015

Ind. Gov't. - "Family, ACLU sue DCS over adoption subsidies"

Marisa Kwiatkowski reports today in the Indianapolis Star on the lawsuit filed yesterday in federal court by the ACLU of Indiana, Julie Arthur and David Arthur, et al., v. Director, Central Eligibility Unit, Indiana Department of Child Services.

From the Star story:

DCS removed the boys from their mother's care last year, because she was addicted to drugs and failed to take Jeremiah to some of his appointments, Julie Arthur said. The mother's parental rights were terminated in February.

As licensed foster parents, the Arthurs receive $145.72 per day for all three children to help offset the costs of the boys' extensive needs, which they say is workable.

But DCS' "final offer" for adoption assistance payments for the three boys would reduce that amount to $52 per day once the adoption is final. The Arthurs said that amount that would make it "impossible" for them to "adequately and appropriately care for the children," according to the lawsuit. They asked DCS to provide adoption assistance payments equal to the amount they receive as foster parents, but the agency refused. * * *

Julie Arthur said she had to quit her job to be able to shuttle the boys to and from their therapy and medical appointments. Two-year-old Jensen also requires constant supervision and, because of his behaviors, is "not appropriate" for day care, court records state.

The lawsuit asks a judge to force DCS to negotiate adoption assistance payments for the Arthurs that consider the children's and family's needs.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 30, 2015 09:18 AM
Posted to Indiana Government