An annual report finds children in Indiana fell to 35th when it comes to health rankings.
Advocates say that only 3 percent of foster kids who age-out of the system complete a post-secondary degree.
In the 2014 edition of KIDS Count, Indiana ranked 27th in children’s overall well-being.
According to a report from the Indiana Youth Institute and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the state has more children living in poverty than it did in 2008.
A new data snapshot contends that the official measure doesn’t adequately account for the impact of government-sponsored poverty intervention programs.
More than one in ten children in Indiana live in high-poverty areas.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks Indiana 30th nationally on the KIDS COUNT scorecard.
The Department of Child Services has been criticized in the past year, but the Annie E. Casey Foundation says it has made significant improvements.
The percent of babies born in Indiana at a low birthweight is now above the national average.
Experts say the recession is not solely responsible for the increase in child poverty in Indiana.