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State of the Child

Tune in live online at noon EST on Tuesday, January 26, for the State of the Child 2021. Viewers will get a first look at the findings from the Indiana Youth Institute's 2021 Indiana Kids Count Data Book.

Next Meeting

The Commission's next meeting will be on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Statement on Appropriate Use of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Questionnaire

At its October meeting, the Commission approved a position statement making clear that ACEs questions are helpful for population surveillance and prevention planning, but should not be used for individual screening or diagnostic purposes.

Annual Report

The 2020 annual report of the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana is available. The report highlights the collaborative actions of the Commission over the past fiscal year to safeguard and support Indiana’s children—especially its most vulnerable.

Equity guide for Decision Making

At its August meeting, the Commission approved a guide for decision-makers looking to embed an equity lens in their policymaking. The guide is applicable to any system serving children and families. Those seeking technical assistance for using the guide can email the Commission's Executive Director.

Infant Mortality

Indiana's infant mortality rate declined from 6.8 to 6.5 per 1,000 babies in 2019, the lowest rate in Indiana's history of tracking infant deaths. The Black infant mortality rate declined from 13 to 11 per 1,000. Learn more.

Juvenile Justice Review Gets Underway

The Commission's preliminary review of Indiana's juvenile justice system began with a task force meeting on September 30. Read the announcement to juvenile justice stakeholders.

Legislative Wrap-up

Here is a summary of the bills that passed in 2020 that could have an impact on children and families.