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Mission and Vision

Mission:  To improve the status of  children in Indiana through systemic collaboration.

Vision:   Every child in Indiana will have a safe and nurturing environment and be afforded opportunities to reach their full potential and live a healthy and productive life.


The three-branch statewide Commission is aimed at improving the status of children in Indiana. In cooperation with other entities, members of the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana will study issues concerning vulnerable youth, review and make recommendations concerning legislation, and promote information sharing and best practices.

Guiding Documents

Enabling Legislation, IC 2-5-36

Theory of Change

Strategic Plan (2023-2025)

Roles and Responsibilities

Recommendation Template

Organizational Chart

Remote Participation Policy

Commission Members and Partners

Legislatively created in 2013, the Commission includes 20 members and more than 100 volunteers serving on Task Forces and Committees.

State agencies represented on the Commission include:

Indiana Department of Education

Indiana General Assembly

Indiana Department of Child Services

Indiana Supreme Court

Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council

Indiana Public Defender Council

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration

Indiana State Department of Health

Indiana Department of Correction, Division of Youth Services

Indiana State Budget Agency

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Division of Mental Health and Addiction

Office of the Indiana Attorney General

Office of the Governor