LaPorte County woman suing Indiana for $40 million for breach of contract with adoptive parents

A LaPorte County woman says Indiana’s Department of Child Services did not pay around $40 million of subsidies it agreed to in contracts to around 1,400 families.

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 3:20 p.m.


A LaPorte County woman is suing the state of Indiana after she claims it did not pay her and about 1,400 other families the subsidies it agreed to when they adopted children from the state’s foster care program.

Debra L. Moss said she is owed around $40,000 for the three grandchildren she adopted in 2012 and that the Indiana Department of Child Services owes Indiana families around $40 million total, The Elkhart Truth’s news partner WNDU reported.

The Indiana Department of Child Services provided subsidies to adoptive parents to encourage adoption of foster children, it but stopped paying in 2009, and Moss said she figured it was because the state couldn’t afford it.

Then she found out that DCS was returning the money to the state’s general fund for the past five years.

“I started to get a little bit heartbroken because I was just thinking about all these other families,” Moss told WNDU.

The subsidies were part of the adoption contract, the lawsuit contends, and amount to equal around $20 per day.

“The state has defended this practice by saying people should adopt for love, not money,” said Richard Shevitz, an attorney at Cohen and Malad LLC. “But it costs money to raise children.”

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