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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

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Next Meeting

The Commission's next meeting will be on Wednesday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to noon, online.

Application Open for Youth Commission Members

The Children's Commission is now accepting applications from young adults, ages 18-29, who have experience in the child welfare, juvenile justice, or family/social services system, to serve a two-year term as a member of the Commission. Deadline to apply is June 7, 2021.  Application in PDF format Application in Word format

Preliminary Juvenile Justice Review Completed

The Commission's preliminary review of Indiana's juvenile justice system has concluded. Read the final report and watch the April 16, 2021 task force meeting where the findings were presented and discussed. Phase II will begin in July 2021.

Legislative Session 2021

The Children's Commission tracks legislation affecting children and child-serving professionals and systems. You can download a sortable spreadsheet of bills, which is current as of April 27.

Resources for Equity, Inclusion, and Cultural Competence.

At recent meetings, the Commission has approved an equity guide for decision-makers, a resource packet on hiring an equity director, and a vetted list of trainings on equity and related topics. All of these resources can be found on the Tools & Resources page of this web site. Please send any feedback or requests for technical assistance to the Commission executive director.

The State of the Child

The Children's Commission partnered with the Indiana Youth Institute to present the annual "State of the Child" event on January 26. Watch the event, and download IYI's Kids Count Data Book.

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.