Michael Patchner Ph.D.
Dean, Indiana University School of Social Work
The Indiana University School of Social Work works in collaboration with the Indiana Department of Child Services to better protect children at risk of abuse and neglect. A key to this collaboration is the creation of the Child Welfare Education and Training Partnership. The Partnership is designed to provide high quality social work education and statewide training for public child welfare employees. It provides BSW students with preparation for employment as a Family Case Manager; it allows DCS employees to enroll in the School's part-time MSW Program; and it provides state-of-the-art training to current DCS employees. This partnership is recognized nationally for its success and for its joint collaborative operation. Due to these efforts, Indiana is now seen as a model for the provision of public services that support children and families.
-Michael Patchner Ph.D., Dean - IU School of Social Work
Terry J. Stigdon, MSN, RN
Director, Indiana Department of Child Services
Terry J. Stigdon has dedicated her career to saving and improving the lives of Indiana’s children. As director of the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS), Terry leads an organization that protects children from abuse and neglect and works to ensure their financial support. The DCS administers child support, child protection, adoption and foster care throughout the state of Indiana.
Previously, Terry spent almost 20 years at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, where she began as a pediatric intensive care staff nurse. Most recently, she served as clinical director of operations, where she oversaw strategy, finance, personnel, research and programs for several hospital divisions, including emergency, trauma and nursing.
Terry’s extensive pediatric experience has given her a first-hand view of the issues faced by children and families. She has a proven track record of building strong teams that result in positive outcomes for vulnerable children.
Terry holds associate and bachelor’s degrees in nursing and a master’s in nursing leadership and management. She serves on the boards of Indiana Emergency Medical Services for Children and Legacy House, which advocates for victims of violence and provides free trauma counseling.
Terry has been married for 24 years and has three children. In her free time, Terry cheers on her beloved Chicago White Sox, sings in her church choir and volunteers at her daughter’s show choir competitions.