Indiana child welfare chief pens scathing resignation letter

The director of Indiana's child welfare agency says she's quitting because Gov. Eric Holcomb's administration has hurt her ability to protect children.

Posted: Dec 18, 2017 7:49 AM
Updated: Dec 18, 2017 3:32 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The director of Indiana's child welfare agency says she's quitting because Gov. Eric Holcomb's administration has hurt her ability to protect children.

Mary Beth Bonaventura's resignation letter was obtained by the Indianapolis Star . She told the governor that his staff is cutting her budget and services in the midst of the opioid crisis.

Bonaventura fears "lives will be lost and families ruined" if changes aren't made. She says chief of staff Eric Miller was placed in her office by the governor, despite having no child welfare experience.

She says Miller is "bent on slashing" the budget and putting children at risk.

Bonaventura is stepping down Dec. 27 after nearly five years as director of the Indiana Department of Child Services. She's a former judge in Lake County.

Gov. Holcomb made the following statement: 

"As I said on Friday, I’m grateful for Director Bonaventura’s years of service and her commitment to keeping Hoosier kids safe. I share that commitment and that’s why the state continues to make investments in the agency. We are providing record funding to DCS with nearly half a billion dollars more in funding support over the next two years. We will continue to do all we can to protect children."

Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com

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