Pence Names Lake County Judge to Lead Child Services Created by kblakeslee on 1/30/2013 2:59:40 PM
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Gov. Mike Pence has named Lake County Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura to direct the troubled Indiana Department of Child Services.
Pence said Wednesday that Bonaventura ``is a strong leader who has an impeccable reputation of integrity and compassion for children.''
The East Chicago native has been senior judge of one of the toughest juvenile court systems in the state, Lake Superior Court's Juvenile Division. Former Gov. Evan Bayh appointed her to that position in 1993.
She'll take over an agency roiled by new investigations into the agency's handling of abuse and neglect cases after several children died in troubled homes that had been reported to the agency. Lawmakers and children's advocates have blamed a centralized reporting hotline for ``screening out'' calls that should have been investigated.