INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 28, 2015) - The search is on for 113 new DCS case managers, in an effort to fill the newly created positions announced earlier this month by Governor Mike Pence.
According to Marion County DCS Case Managers, many are in way over their heads, with caseloads totaling into the 30s and 40s. Friday though marked the start of a solution.
A DCS job fair was held where roughly 100 candidates showed up; vying for what is an extremely tough and emotional job.
Potential DCS case managers like Ashley Huesman came in hopes they’d be a part of the solution to Indiana’s child abuse crisis.
“I think it’s extremely important for a child to be in a safe situation. I think it’s important for them to be with their family, but if their family is an unsafe situation we need to get them out of that situation and get the family the help they need,” said Huesman.
But this job is not an easy one. A CBS4 investigation revealed some Marion County case workers are juggling more than 40 cases. That’s more than double the legal limit in Marion County of 17.
But case manager hopefuls that showed up to Friday’s job fair want to alleviate some of that overwhelming work load.
“More people being hired is going to take more stress off of the case workers that are working,” said Huesman.
“I pray that I will be a part of the solution and I pray that I will be able to go into the families and turn some things around,” said Marilyn Anderson, who also interviewed for a DCS position.
“We’re looking for people that have a passion to help the children and people that want to make a difference. They want to be on frontlines and help that child in a situation that is no fault of their own,” said Jeannie Keating, the Assistant Deputy DCS Director of Communications.
Child abuse is up 26% this year in Indiana. Governor Mike Pence announced earlier in August, as a result of the recent spike, his administration is hiring state-wide, 113 new case managers.
“Sadly I stand here today to say that we need more. Indiana’s kids need more and the Department of Child Services is in need of additional caseworkers and personnel,” he said at the press conference announcing the hires.
“We have a blind eye towards some of the issues that these children are facing and these families and I just felt like I might be able to make a difference,” said Anderson.
113 case managers will be hired for the entire state, not just Marion County. Once those hires are made, there is a 12 week training program before they can take on a full case load.