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What’s behind Indiana’s increase in child abuse reports?

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Shortly after an elementary principal alerted deputies something might be wrong with a child who had been absent from school for a few days, the frightened 9-year-old boy was laying in the fetal position in the lobby of the Johnson County Sherriff’s Office. The boy’s pale face was bruised, […]

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Life for Hoosier children improves in education, health

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — New data shows Indiana children are seeing improvements in health and education, but their economic well-being as well as family and community is decreasing. “There’s a lot of room for hopefulness in this year’s rankings and this data,” said Tami Silverman, president and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute. […]

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Annual data book: Indiana ranks fifth in first time child abuse cases

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana has the fifth highest rate in the country for first time child abuse victims. According to the 2016 Kids Count in Indiana Data Book, released Monday, a child is abused or neglected once every 20 minutes and half of the children are under the age of five. “About […]

Commentary: Children and a long, hard fall

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Commentary: Children and a long, hard fall

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – By the time she was 12, Shanae Watkins had been molested. She had been raped. She had been pregnant. And she had stabbed another girl – a 13-year-old who, like Watkins, was involved with a grown man and a rival for his attention – to death. Watkins spent four […]

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Exceptional youth worker to be honored with cash prize for professional development

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— The Indiana Youth Institute is looking for Hoosiers making a difference in the lives of young people and there’s a cash prize for the winner. The Indiana Youth Institute is teaming up with the Central Indiana Community Foundation to create an annual award. The winner gets a $2,500 cash prize to […]

Commentary: Children suffer as we fight on

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Commentary: Children suffer as we fight on

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Near the end of an hour-long conversation, Indiana Youth Institute President Bill Stanczykiewicz says there’s a reason our state government struggles to deal with problems that require a reasoned solution. Our system isn’t set up to put people in positions of power who are eager or even willing to […]