• Walk Me Home on June 26

    Wednesday, March 31, 2010 | 6:01am
    NASHVILLE - Walk Me Home is a nationwide 5k walk that will be held in more than 100 communities in 25 states across the U.S. Tennessee’s third annual 5k fundraiser is focused on raising awareness of children in foster care. Join us for the 3rd Annual Walk Me Home 5k in Nashville on June 26, 2010!

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  • Bredesen Announces DCS Accreditation

    Tuesday, February 02, 2010 | 2:11am
    Children's Services Becomes the Seventh Accredited State-Administered Public Agency
     
    NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen in his State of the State Address Monday announced the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services has received accreditation from the Council on Accreditation, an international, independent, not-for-profit, child- and family-service and behavioral health care accrediting organization.
     
    Tennessee’s Department of Children Services is the seventh state-administered agency to receive COA accreditation. State-administered agencies in Kentucky, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri and West Virginia are currently accredited by the organization.
     
    “This is a real achievement for the Department of Children’s Services and speaks to the tremendous progress that’s been made under the leadership of Viola Miller,” said Bredesen. “The people of Tennessee can take both pride and comfort in knowing the people responsible for managing the cases of abused and neglected children have met these high standards.”

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  • Nashville Infant and Siblings No Longer in State Custody

    Tuesday, October 06, 2009 | 6:06am
    Update on case involving the newborn abducted in Nashville
     
    NASHVILLE - October 6, 2009 - The infant and the other three children are no longer in DCS custody. DCS has confirmed with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department that they are releasing a statement at this time which sets forth their position with regard to this investigation. The MPD, working in conjunction with the FBI and TBI, advised the Department of Children's Services that the parents have now been ruled out as persons of interest in this investigation at this time.

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  • DCS Statement Regarding Children's Rights' Challenge of Over-Commitment Law

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 | 3:34am

    NASHVILLE - Today, Children’s Rights, Inc. filed a motion seeking to stop the State from implementing a new law regarding the over-commitment of children into State custody by juvenile judges. The Department of Children’s Services has made great progress in recent years in improving the care and services we provide to Tennessee’s children. The Department has also corrected many of the issues that were at the heart of the Brian A. lawsuit. It appears the issues raised by the plaintiffs are less about the existing lawsuit and more about their objection to a law passed this year by the General Assembly.

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  • DCS Open Records Requests: A Primer

    Friday, January 16, 2009 | 4:53am

    Tennessee law enables state residents to have access to government records. And while in most cases, child- and case-specific DCS information must remain confidential under state law, the department is committed to being as open and responsive as it possibly can. In some instances, there are even ways for certain interested parties to gain access to child and family information.

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  • Tips For Leaving Your Child In Another's Care

    Friday, January 16, 2009 | 4:47am

    Make Sure the Baby-sitter Knows the Basics about Your Baby

    NASHVILLE -- Across Tennessee, young parents often entrust their babies' care to a friend or relative. While the Department of Children's Services would always hope that a parent would make the best choices for child care, we often hear of instances in which a mother asks a friend to keep an eye on her baby while she has to leave home for a few hours.

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  • Monitor's Report Notes Broad Improvement at DCS

    Monday, December 15, 2008 | 4:42am

    Spells Out Remaining Challenges for Tennessee's Public Child Welfare Agency

    NASHVILLE -- Federal court monitors cited across-the-board improvements at the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, where an ambitious reform effort is underway on behalf of those in state foster care. The reform work is not complete, however, as Tennessee still has several benchmarks to meet before it can exit federal court oversight under the terms of the Brian A. consent decree.

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  • DCS Open Records Requests: A Primer

    Friday, November 14, 2008 | 8:01am

    NASHVILLE - Tennessee law enables state residents to have access to government records. And while in most cases, child- and case-specific DCS information must remain confidential under state law, the department is committed to being as open and responsive as it possibly can. In some instances, there are even ways for certain interested parties to gain access to child and family information.

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  • Child Health Week Comes to Tennessee

    Tuesday, October 14, 2008 | 7:05am

    NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and the Governor’s Office of Children’s Care Coordination have proclaimed October 13-19 Child Health Week. Tennesseans are encouraged to put the health and well-being of children first during Child Health Week, which will place special emphasis on the issue of childhood obesity, and every week in the year ahead.

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  • Tennessee Receives Award for Education Data

    Wednesday, December 19, 2007 | 6:00pm

    Nashville, TN – The U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics has recognized Tennessee with The Common Core of Data (CCD) Nonfiscal Team Award. The award recognizes timely and accurate collection of data vital to annual reporting and education research tracking education nationwide. Tennessee is cited as one of the most-improved submission states.

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