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DCS needs more workers to handle rise in child abuse/neglect cases

Because of a growing number of child abuse and neglect cases, Indiana's Department of Child Services needs more case workers. 

The DCS will hold a job fair in Evansville on Wednesday. The department says it needs to hire new case workers quick because it's case load is growing by the day.

At Evansville's Parenting Time Center, kids from abusive situations begin the healing process, meeting with their parents in a safe environment.

"Society as a whole is getting angrier and that's very disconcerting. So the child gets stuck in the middle, arguments, and the child ends up being abused either emotionally or physically," PTC Director, Kathryn Kornblum Zelle said.  

According to Indiana's DCS, nearly 170,000 reports of child abuse or neglect were received in 2012. That's up more than 18,000 from 2011.

Zelle says the center is seeing that first-hand.

"I know the caseloads are up. CASA's caseload is out, sky high," Zelle told 14 News.    

That growing caseload is why the DCS says it's looking to hire 120 new case managers with hearts for children and families in crisis.

To report abuse, call the Indiana Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline at 1-800-800-5556. For more information, visit www.in.gov/dcs.

"You know, you're dealing with kids who have been abused or neglected so that is heart-wrenching, but at the same time, it is absolutely rewarding," Zelle said.

Interested candidates should pre-register for this event by Monday, Feb. 11. Click here to register. You should also apply at the State of Indiana Job Bank at www.in.gov/spd. Search Job ID 581439. 

Candidates should also bring a copy of their resume to the job fair.  Interviews will be conducted on site with qualified applicants.

The employment open house will be at the Vanderburgh County DCS office, 100 E. Sycamore St. in Evansville from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (CST) on Feb. 13.

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