What You May Not Have Known Last year, 23,000 ordinary children in Indiana were abused and neglected by their parents. That’s 442 kids each week or 63 every day who suffer at the hands of a violent batterer or who have been exploited or neglected by parents who disregard their kids’ basic human needs.
In 2003, more than 10,000 children were removed from their homes by the state and placed temporarily in foster homes and facilities; most, from poorer families.
Each year in Indiana:
- 7,000 children and teens live in temporary foster homes;
- 3,000 children live in shelters and other state-funded facilities;
- 200 legal orphans whose parents’ rights have been terminated remain unadopted in state care.