MARION COUNTY CHILDREN SERVICES BOARD
MEETING OF JUNE 18, 2021
MEMBERS PRESENT: DR. HENRY HEINZMANN
MEMBERS ABSENT: MARIANNE BAILEY
STAFF PRESENT: JACQUELINE RINGER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The regular meeting of the Marion County Children Services Board was held on
Friday, June 18, 2021 at noon in the main training room of Marion County
Children Services. Board Chair, Mr. John Peterson called the meeting to order at
approximately 12:07 p.m. Ms. Marianne Bailey was unable to attend due to family
needs and Ms. Jolene Carter was ill. Mr. Shawn Jackson and Ms. Staci Thomas
were unable to participate. It was agreed upon to move forward with the meeting of the Executive Committee. Any items voted on during today’s meeting will require
ratification at the July Board meeting.
Mr. Peterson called for Public Comment. No public comment presented.
Mr. Peterson called for the review of the Minutes. The May Finance Committee
and May Board Meeting Minutes had been distributed to board members prior to
the meeting for review. Mr. Peterson requested a motion. Ms. Ellen Bryant-
Messenger motioned to approve the minutes as presented. Dr. Henry Heinzmann
seconded the motion. There being no further discussion, the motion passed
Mr. Peterson called for the monthly Financial Reports. The May Revenue and
Expenditures reports had been distributed to board members prior to the meeting
for review. Ms. Jacqueline Ringer reported $260,492.54 in receipts and
$395,811.85 in expenditures. The primary revenue sources for the month were
federal and state placement reimbursement. Placement related costs remain the
most significant monthly expenditure. Mr. Peterson requested a motion. Dr.
Heinzmann motioned to approve the May financial reports as presented. Ms.
Bryant-Messenger seconded the motion. There being no further discussion, the
motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Peterson called for the Purchased Care Report. The May report had been
distributed to board members prior to the meeting for review. Ms. Ringer
summarized the five change in placements and noted two children were placed
with kinship. The report reflects 35 children in purchased care for a net cost of
Mr. Peterson called for Committee Reports. Mr. Peterson called for the Executive
Director’s Report. The Monthly Services had been distributed to board members
prior to the meeting for review. Ms. Ringer reported the Intake unit conducted 89
assessments of safety in May for an average caseload size of 16. The Agency
recently accepted the resignation of an Intake caseworker, leaving two vacancies
within the unit. The Ongoing units provided services to 114 families and 224
children for an adjusted caseload of 11.4. The Agency is waiting for written
confirmation but has been informed of a resignation. This leaves one vacancy in
Ongoing. The Agency maintained custody of 58 children and 86 children were in
the temporary custody of kinship. Independent Living services were provided to 23
children. The Placement unit provided services to 40 foster homes and 35 adoptive
homes. One child was adopted in June for a total of five adoptions this year. The
Agency has three additional adoptions scheduled. Post finalized adoption services
were provided to 88 children and 47 families. Post emancipation services were
provided to two children for the month.
Ms. Ringer provided a summary of a child fatality.
The Executive Director’s 6 Month Progress Report had been distributed to board
members prior to the meeting for review. Ms. Ringer summarized the report as
well as provided upcoming activities over the next six month time period.
Mr. Peterson called for Unfinished Business. The current Board listing had been
distributed to board members in an effort to discuss upcoming term expirations and Board composition needs. Due to the limited attendance, it was agreed upon to table the discussion.
Mr. Peterson called for New Business. No new business presented.
Mr. Peterson called for Miscellaneous/Other. No miscellaneous/other presented.
Mr. Peterson moved on to the date and time of the next board meeting. The next
meeting will be held on July 16 at noon in the main training room at Marion
County Children Services.
There being no further business to come before the board, Mr. Peterson requested a motion. Ms. Bryant-Messenger motioned to adjourn. Mr. Peterson adjourned the
meeting at 1:00 p.m.
John Peterson, Chair
Ellen Bryant-Messenger, Secretary
Jacqueline Ringer, Executive Director