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Tennessee

Through Rose-Colored Lenses

3/21/2022

Should Churches Be Involved With the Department of Child and Family Services?

There are pros and cons of child welfare systems partnering with churches, but if done right, it can be effective, writes Jessica Castillo.

Proposed Laws in Minnesota and Other States Would Limit the Practice of Seizing Federal Benefits from Foster Youth

1/26/2022

Reports: States Hoard Billions in Welfare Funds Despite Growing Need

Maine, Nebraska and Tennessee are among the states that have collectively been hoarding billions intended to help low-income families.

Tennessee Waives Sports Eligibility Rule for Foster Care Students

9/2/2021

Tennessee Waives One-Year Sports Eligibility Rule for Foster Care Students

Students in foster care in Tennessee are exempt from a rule that bars kids who transfer to a new district from playing sports for a year.

Tennessee’s New Child-Related Laws Kick In

7/13/2021

Tennessee’s New Child-Related Laws Kick In

New laws affecting the protection of children went into effect July 1 in Tennessee, including one that increases the penalty for knowingly exposing children to dangerous drugs.

3/31/2021

Tennessee Appeals to Faith Community to Raise Foster Care Capacity

In 2020, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) signed into law a a “religious freedom” bill ensuring that foster care and adoption agencies could continue to be eligible to receive taxpayer funding even if they refuse to serve same-sex foster and adoptive parents.

3/4/2020

Patrick Lawler Reflects on Forty Years at Youth Villages

In 1980, Patrick Lawler was a young probation officer in Tennessee’s Shelby County. Lawler had started his career at just 18 working with boys in a local group home, which is why his experience caught the attention of Memphis judge Kenneth Turner.

Youth Services Insider

7/16/2019

Ohio Has Ignored a Federal Court Decision Requiring Foster Care Payments to Relatives

On January 27, 2017, in the case of D.O. v Glisson, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati found that children placed with approved, unlicensed relatives were eligible for federal foster payments on the same basis as children placed in licensed foster homes.

4/4/2019

Profiles in Permanency: Improving Stress Response for Adoptive Parents

The National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (QIC-AG) is a five-year cooperative agreement, funded through the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau, designed to promote permanence when reunification is no longer a goal and improve adoption and guardianship preservation and support.

Youth Services Insider

4/1/2019

Struggling Under Child Welfare Lawsuit Settlement, South Carolina Hires a Leader Who Just Helped End One

South Carolina’s child welfare system is struggling to meet its goals under a class-action lawsuit settlement brought by Children’s Rights, a nonprofit litigator based in New York City. Tennessee recently exited such a settlement with the same organization after a nearly two-decade roller coaster ride.