Department of Child Services caseload lawsuit dismissed by judge

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A judge has dismissed a class-action lawsuit in which an Indiana Department of Child Services case manager claimed she had an excessive caseload that put children at risk.

Marion Superior Court Judge Heather Welch issued an order Monday throwing out Mary Price’s complaint that was filed last July. Welch ruled Price has no right to bring the claim under an Indiana law setting a maximum caseload at 17 and that there’s no grounds for the court to issue a mandate changing caseloads. Welch says she should take her complaint to the State Employee Appeals Commission.

Price said her caseload was 43 children.

The lawsuit was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana. ACLU legal director Ken Falk says he’s disappointed in Welch’s ruling and will appeal it.

Information from: The Indianapolis Star

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