Suit Seeks Indiana Subsidies for Adoptive Parents

LAPORTE, Ind. (AP) – A northern Indiana woman is suing the Indiana Department of Child Services for subsidies to help her raise three children she adopted out of foster care.
The lawsuit filed Monday in LaPorte County by Debbie Moss of LaPorte seeks class-action status for 1,400 families on a waiting list for money meant to help them raise adopted children.
Moss' attorney, Richard Shevitz, says DCS negotiated adoption rates with many families who qualified for them but then told them they'd be placed on a waiting list until money was available.
The South Bend Tribune reports the agency returned nearly $240 million to the state's coffers from 2009 to 2013 while families on the waiting list waited for subsidies.
A message seeking comment was left with a DCS spokesman.