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Annual Report

Highlights the ongoing partnership between all three branches of state government to safeguard and support Indiana’s children—especially its most vulnerable

Next Meeting

The Commission's next meeting will be on Wednesday, June 22, 10 a.m. to noon, at Indiana State Library, History Reference Room, 315 W. Ohio St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

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State of the Child

The Children's Commission again collaborated with the Indiana Youth Institute to hold a State of the Child event at the Indiana State House on April 19. The event marked the launch of the 2022 Indiana Kids Count Data Book, which highlights current trends for Indiana children in health, education, family & community, and economic wellbeing.

Legislative Session 2022

The Children's Commission tracks legislation affecting children and child-serving professionals and systems. Here is a final summary of child-related bills by topic that passed in 2022.

New Child Maltreatment Prevention Framework and Toolkit Available

At its February 2022 meeting, the Children's Commission received the newly launched Supportive Communities, Resilient Families, Thriving Children statewide framework and toolkit. These resources are intended to be used by local collaboratives to review community data and create and implement strategic plans to prevent child abuse and support families. They can be downloaded for free on the DCS Prevention web page.

Juvenile Justice Reform Recommendations Endorsed

At its December 2021 meeting, after a lengthy presentation and discussion, the Commission unanimously endorsed a set of recommendations presented by the Juvenile Justice Reform Task Force.

Information Sharing Guide and App Updated and Re-Released

The Data Sharing and Mapping Committee of the Commission has completed an update to all content of the Information Sharing Guide, which can be accessed for the desktop, as well as iOS and Android devices. The new update includes foster parents as record requesters, distinguishes among health, mental health, and addictions records, and provides information on when a child may receive their own records.

Children’s Commission releases annual report, reaffirms commitment to overarching principles

August 18, 2021 - The 2021 annual report of the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana is now available. The report highlights the ongoing partnership between all three branches of state government to safeguard and support Indiana’s children—especially its most vulnerable.