Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Monday, March 27, 2006

High Cost of Child Welfare Case

"A child welfare case involving the children of polygamist John Daniel Kingston has cost the state a bundle. The state Division of Child and Family Services spent an estimated $381,744 on the two year case involving Kingston and Heidi Mattingly. During the case, 10 of the couple's 11 children were placed in foster care. DCFS spokeswoman Carol Sisco said the case was unusual in its length, types of provided services and the number of children involved. Most of the money spent by DCFS paid for out-of-home care, including $215,000 for foster parents. Family preservation services, child protective service investigations and in-home supervised visits cost another $31,000. DCFS attributes another $135,000 to staff time for case workers and supervisors, as well as other indirect expenses, including some services provided to the family about six years ago. But the state's overall tab is likely much more. Associated Press, Daily Herald Link to Article (last visited 3-26-06 NVS)

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