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Statement on Helping Children as the Community Responds to COVID-19
The Children's Commission released this statement about support for children and families in light of school closures and work disruptions.
The Commission's next meeting will be on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, from 10 a.m. to noon, in the Indiana Government Center South, Conference Room C, 302 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.
Indiana's infant mortality rate declined from 7.3 to 6.8 per 1,000 babies born in 2018, the largest decrease in six years. While black and hispanic infant deaths declined 16 and 20 percent respectively, racial disparities remain and more work needs to be done. Learn more.
Read about the importance of ensuring that all children be counted in the 2020 Census, and find out how you can help.
New Strategic Plan
At its December 2019 meeting, the Commission adopted a new strategic plan to guide its work from 2020 through 2022.
At its July 2019 meeting, the Commission endorsed a set of definitions related to trauma and adverse childhood experiences. These definitions will serve as a common language for state agencies, contractors/grantees, and other organizaions tasked with improving understanding of childhood trauma and trauma-informed practice.
Is Marijuana Safe?
Definitely not for developing brains, whether they belong to infants in utero, children, or youth. Read the U.S. Surgeon General's Advisory on Marijuana Use and the Developing Brain