Indiana’s Democratic candidate for governor wants increased protections and assistance for at-risk children. Former House Speaker John Gregg is criticizing outgoing Republican Governor Mitch Daniels for putting too much emphasis on cost-saving.
Gregg says if elected governor he would reinstate preventive mental health services for children that he says have been cut in the name of saving money.
The Indianapolis Star reports Gregg wants to once again allow needy families to access such help through the Indiana Department of Child Services, if that family has a child who is a threat to themselves or others.
The Democratic gubernatorial candidate also wants to launch a statewide effort to promote adoption, something he says would seek out qualified parental candidates in the Hoosier State and provide services for adopted children, such as counseling, tutoring, and special medical equipment.
Gregg also wants to create an Office of the Child Advocate that would keep an eye on the Hoosier State’s support system for young people.
Gregg is running for governor against Republican Congressman Mike Pence, and Libertarian candidate Rupert Boneham.