Indiana's Department of Child Services says more money is on the way to help at-risk children and their families. Our Fact Finder team learned St. Joseph County's Family and Children's Center will see some of those increased funds.
Beginning this week, about 300 child and family social service providers across the state will get a $10 million increase in the rates DCS currently pays them.
These organizations provide services like therapy, parenting skills, drug treatment and domestic violence prevention.
DCS says the goal is to keep children safely in their home or with extended family members – which lessens the disruption in their lives if they have to be removed.
St. Joseph County's Family and Children's Center is getting an 8 percent increase in funding for its day treatment program. That adds up to an additional $18,000 a year.
The overall budget for the Center is $7 million.
Earlier this year, the Center cut about half a dozen programs because of DCS budget cuts.