of Black Youth

Experience Poverty


Childhood circumstances can have an immense effect on a person's ability to flourish in our city.

Children & Poverty

Over the last decade the rate of children in poverty in Vanderburgh County has  remained between 20-25%. 


For many of these kids, hunger, trauma, maladaptive behavior, academic struggle, and housing instability are regular experiences.

Vanderburgh County Child Poverty Rate


of EVSC Students Qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch


of Vanderburgh County Youth Don't Know Where Their Next Meal is Coming From


Children & Abuse

Vanderburgh County ranks 9th in the state for prevalence of CHINS* cases with 37 in every 1000 children being designated by the court system.  

Additionally, the county ranks 4th for amount of children being served in residential, and non-residential facilities for domestic violence.

A couple positives to celebrate are a decrease in reported physical and sexual abuse cases.  

*CHINS = Child in need of services

Substantiated Child Abuse & Neglect Cases

Between 2008 and 2017 the number of child neglect cases increased by


in Vanderburgh County.


In 2017 there were

1,314 kids


from Vanderburgh County in Foster Care.

By comparison, Allen County had 1,668 youth in foster care that same year but has about twice the population. St. Joseph County is about 50% larger than Vanderburgh County but only had 896 youth in foster care.

Children in Foster Care in Region 16

From October 2018 to October 2019, the number of children in foster care in Region 16 has declined by

337 kids

Region 16 includes Vanderburgh, Posey, Pike, Warrick, Knox, and Gibson Counties.


Children & Housing

Homeless children lack stability in their lives with 97% having moved at least once on an annual basis, which leads to disruptions in schooling and negatively impacts academic achievement.  

Homelessness is linked to poor physical health for children including low birth weight, malnutrition, ear infections, exposure to environmental toxins and chronic illness (e.g., asthma). Homeless children also are less likely to have adequate access to medical and dental care.

Half of school age homeless children experience problems with depression and anxiety, and one in five homeless preschoolers have emotional problems that require professional care. 


Increase in EVSC Students in unstable housing from 2007-2016

EVSC Students Experiencing Housing Instability

Children & Health

The neighborhood in which a child lives has a significant influence on his or her physical health.  

For instance, in 2016 the 47710 and 47713 zip codes contained 62% of Vanderburgh County’s confirmed cases of children under the age of 6 with high blood lead levels. The Vanderburgh County Health Department says that the “damage caused by lead poisoning is permanent and irreversible.”




Only 79% of EVSC Third Graders passed the I-Read Exam. 

After third grade, students read to learn instead of learning to read. If children are unable to read by the end of third grade, the statistical chances of them keeping up decrease significantly. The Children’s Reading Foundation encourages school districts and communities to adopt a 90 percent reading goal for 3rd graders.


of High School Seniors didn't graduate.

EVSC and Indiana High School Graduation Rates
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