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Indiana Kids, formerly Mitch’s Kids, came out of the Mitch Daniels administration in 2005.

It has since been named Indiana Kids and has four main goals:

1) Increase youth career and college readiness

2) Promote civic responsibility through engaging students in service activities

3) Increase student academic achievement

4) Increase parent job skills, parenting skills, and life skills leading to overall self-sufficiency

Indiana Kids funding supports grades K-12 (age 17 and under) through the support of the Family and Social Services Agency’s (FSSA) -Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funding.

The purpose of TANF is to 1) Provide assistance to needy families so that children may be cared for in their own homes 2) End the dependence of needy parents on government benefits by promoting job preparation, work, and marriage 3) Prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies and establish annual numerical goals for preventing and reducing the incidence of these pregnancies 4) Encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families. Indiana kids specifically addresses TANF goals 3 and 4.

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