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Interested parties across Indiana will be able to attend the upcoming meetings of the state’s new child commission via the Internet.

The Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana is scheduled to meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 16 and Dec. 11 in Conference Rooms 1 & 2 at the Indiana Government Center South.

With help from the Indiana Department of Education, the sessions will be available at the commission’s temporary website. The October meeting will be videotaped, archived and shown online at a later date that has not been determined. The December meeting will be videotaped with a live stream and it will be archived online as well.

Also available on the website are the meeting agendas and materials.

The commission was created by the Indiana General Assembly during the 2013 session through a bill introduced by Sens. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, and John Broden, D-South Bend. In cooperation with other entities, the commission will study issues concerning vulnerable youth, review and make recommendations about pending legislation, and promote information sharing and best practices.

At the October meeting, the agenda calls for the commission to consider how it should be structured to perform its work along with its short-term and long-term goals. Other topics include a review of Indiana child welfare data and Indiana infant and child mortality as well as availability of services for vulnerable youth.

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