INDIANAPOLIS (AP) —
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb wants to tap the state's budget surplus to hand
out raises to state child welfare workers.
pledged to take action after a report he commissioned found case workers at
the Department of Child Services are underpaid.
That was just one
of dozens of findings included in the report by the Child Welfare Policy and
Practice Group that was released Monday.
The group concluded
there are widespread problems at the troubled agency, which is understaffed,
plagued by high turnover and dominated by a "culture of fear."
The group was hired
in December in the wake of a scathing resignation letter from his outgoing
agency director. Mary Beth Bonaventura accused Holcomb's administration of
cutting services and making management changes that "all but ensure children