For those who have not read this widely distributed, five-part New York Times story, Invisible Child, please take a few moments to contemplate how many of our children are living a variation of this life with economic, food, medical, and educational insecurity.
According to 2010 U.S. Census data, approximately 20% of Indiana children are living below the poverty level. A fact sheet on Indiana’s homeless children is available here. The Campaign to End Child Homelessness has published a report, America’s Youngest Outcasts 2010, which includes other state-specific data. StateImpact Indiana has published a report on the educational impact of homelessness in Indiana, including the increased financial burden of providing for children’s basic needs, such as the free school lunch program. A 2009 issue brief from the Indiana Youth Institute details what services are available in Indiana for homeless children.