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Indiana DCS responds to lawsuit

Indiana’s Department of Child Services is firing back at a lawsuit accusing it of failing Indiana foster children.

The response from DCS director Terry Stigdon issued not a statement, but a seven-minute video on the agency website.

She accuses the New York nonprofit A Better Childhood of cherry-picking horror stories and painting a misleading picture of an agency she maintains has improved dramatically over the last year. She charges the filing of the lawsuit is “demoralizing” for agency employees.

A Better Childhood has filed at least seven lawsuits against child-welfare agencies over the last 20 years accusing them of not meeting children’s needs.

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