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Eman Mozaffar


When DCS steps in to remove a child from their home, it first look to see if any relatives are willing to take them in. If there aren’t, DCS is under the gun to find a foster home with an opening. More than once, the Evans have made the drive from their Mitchell, Indiana, home to IU Health Bloomington Hospital with an empty car seat in the back of their van. “It can be hard, you know, because you never know what these kids have gone through or what lies ahead,” Kristy said. “All you can do is love them as much as you can.”


As Indiana's foster care system strains beneath the weight of the opioid crisis, foster parents fight to protect themselves and the state's neglected children.

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First responder vehicles and volunteers stand outside Noblesville High School. After a shooting occurred at Noblesville West Middle School, leaving a teacher and a student injured, students from the middle school were transported to the high school to be picked up by parents.


Hours after a school shooting Friday, May 25, yellow tape lines the grounds of Noblesville West Middle School. The male suspect, who injured a student and a teacher at the school, was taken into custody.


Policemen stand alongside the perimeter of Noblesville West Middle School. A shooting Friday, May 25, at the school left two people injured. The suspect, a male student at the middle school, was taken into custody.

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