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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, February 15, 10 a.m. to noon, at Indiana Government Center South, Conference Room A, 302 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Legislative Session 2023

The Children's Commission tracks legislation affecting children and child-serving professionals and systems. Here is a list of child-related bills that have been filed this session with their status as of 1/27/2023. This list will be updated weekly throughout session.

Commission Supports Dropping Five-Year Wait for Children's Health Insurance

At its October meeting, the Commission voted to recommend the elimination of the current five-year waiting period imposed upon lawfully residing immigrant children and pregnant women before they are allowed to access Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The change would provide a coverage option for approximately 6,000 vulnerable children and pregnant women. See the full recommendation.

Commission Supports Violence Prevention and Intervention Programs

At its August meeting, the Commission voted to support the implementation of three evidence-based violence prevention and intervention program models in Indiana, and to seek opportunities to help fund such efforts. After an 18-month study, the Commission's juvenile violence subcommittee recommended endorsement of Cure Violence, Project BUILD, and Credible Messengers for Justice Involved Youth.

Children’s Commission releases annual report of results for Hoosier youth and families

The 2022 annual report of the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana is now available. The report highlights ongoing collaboration across state government for the benefit of vulnerable youth during state fiscal year 2021-22. Read the report

Youth Justice Oversight Committee Begins its Work

The passage of House Enrolled Act 1359-2022 required the Commission to establish an oversight body to develop a number of plans, policies, and procedures with regard to juvenile justice reform. That group, the Youth Justice Oversight Committee, has been established and its first meeting was held on June 29, 2022.

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.

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.