Indiana child welfare agency to spend $22M on raises

The Indiana Department of Child Services plans to spend $22 million on raises for staff as part of an effort to improve the agency that's seen rising caseloads and internal battles.

The raises that will take effect Wednesday for more than 3,600 employees, or about 87 percent of the agency's staff, the Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne reported. Department spokeswoman Noelle Russell said the raises will bring caseworkers' salaries on par with child welfare workers in other states.

The raises come after Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb created a group to review the agency following criticism from the department's former director, Mary Beth Bonaventura.

Long-festering problems in the child welfare system exploded into public view in December when Bonaventura resigned.

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