Indiana DCS looks to hire more family case managers in Marion County

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Dozens of people looking for a new job showed up for a career fair Wednesday for a position we’ve heard a lot about lately.

The Indiana Department of Child Services is looking to fill family case manager positions at its Marion County office. The career fair included on-site interviews for qualified applicants.  Just last year, a CBS4 Problem Solvers Investigation revealed many case managers in Marion County had double the number of cases than state law allows.

In fact, the ACLU sued the agency because of it. A judge dismissed the case, but the ACLU appealed.

Last Summer Governor Mike Pence committed to hire 113 more case managers statewide after DCS reported a 26% increase in the number of abuse and neglect cases.

“We have a lot of families who come in the door and we’d certainly had an increase in reports that we did receive, but we also closed a lot of cases. So, we’re just continuing to hire staff who are interested in working with children and families and moving forward and meeting our numbers and meeting the requirements," said DCS Regional Manager Peggy Surbey.

DCS say all 113 positions directed by Governor Pence last year have been filled.

According to the latest report from May 2016, there are currently more than 21,000 children in need of service in Indiana. That’s 2500 more children then reported in 2015.

A 2015 DCS report showed only one of 19 regions was in compliance with the required caseload averages of 12 assessments or 17 ongoing cases.

This year’s report has not yet been released.

Click here to apply for the position.

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