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.