ACLU sues Indiana Department of Child Services over adoption subsidies for grandparents

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has filed a lawsuit on behalf of two foster parents against the director of the Indiana Department of Child Services’ Central Eligibility Unit over adoption subsidies.

The Indianapolis Star reports the lawsuit was filed Thursday on behalf of Lyons residents David and Julie Arthur, who act as foster parents for three grandsons. The couple claims the state agency violated federal law by calculating the adoption subsidy without considering “circumstances of the adopting parents and the needs of the child being adopted.”

The Arthurs say they want to adopt their grandsons. The couple says the boys have “profound disabilities,” but that they can’t pay for services needed.

Department of Child Services spokesman James Wide said it hadn’t received the lawsuit and couldn’t comment.

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