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Holcomb Names New Director of Indiana Department of Child Services

Governor taps Alabama group to conduct "complete assessment" of agency

INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Eric Holcomb has appointed Terry J. Stigdon to lead the Indiana Department of Child Services. 

Stigdon is currently the clinical director of operations at Riley Hospital for Children, where she oversees various programs in several departments, including emergency, trauma, and nursing.

"Terry has in-depth, firsthand experience in the issues faced by the children and families served by Indiana’s Department of Child Services. She has dedicated her life to saving and improving the lives of young Hoosiers, and she will bring a passion for this critically important work," said Gov. Holcomb.

"I am honored by this incredible opportunity to put my experiences and passions to work as never before to improve the lives of children and families around the state,” said Stigdon.

Stigdon will replace Mary Beth Bonaventura, who stepped down on December 27 after firing off a scathing resignation letter charging she'd been undermined by a Holcomb-appointed chief of staff in ways she contends leave children at risk.

Holcomb said Thursday that he's asked the Alabama-based Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group to conduct a "complete assessment" of the agency's caseloads, funding, and processes. The assessment will begin January 3.

Stigdon's first day with DCS will be January 22.

(Photo by the State of Indiana.)

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