DCS must provide better value to children and taxpayers

February 13, 2020 — A bill authored by State Sen. Victoria Spartz (R-Noblesville), which would require the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) to provide a breakdown of spending per child, recently passed the Senate.

“I applaud the work of DCS and appreciate the tremendous responsibility this agency has,” said Senator Spartz. “DCS has an annual budget of nearly one billion dollars. We spend about $50,000 per child per year, although most money doesn’t go directly to the kids and families. You can pay for Harvard Business School with that much money. We need to understand what is driving these expenditures and how we can deliver better value to our children and keep DCS accountable to taxpayers.”

A recent editorial commended Spartz and others for legislation like SB 259, saying that it, “could help ensure that DCS is indeed working hard, smart and with transparency to promote the health and safety of Hoosier children.”