Concern for abused children takes priority in legislative session - Berne Tri-Weekly News

Concern for abused children takes priority in legislative session

The death of Wells County three-year-old, Owen Collins, was not far from the top of the discussion at a news conference with State Representative Matt Lehman and Senator Travis Holdman at the Berne Chamber of Commerce building on Saturday morning. The recent death of Collins opened discussion on drug abuse and spouse and child abuse among the approximately 30 people attending the meeting. Holdman said that he constantly deals with child welfare issues since he sits on a committee that deals with welfare for children. “In 2013, we had over 12,000 children in Indiana who were in need of services determined by the courts,” said Holdman. “Last year that figure was over 16,000, a 40 percent increase. “It’s a horrible situation to deal with,” Holdman continued. “The state cannot afford to take care of this situation at that rate. The Department of Children’s Services hires 25 people every two weeks.” Holdman said that the primary issues are with meth and hero... Read More >