Significant Changes Promised in the TN Dept. of Children's Services - Articles

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Posted by: Christy Gibson on Feb 25, 2013

by Carl Seely

         Practitioners who represent children/parents in dependency & neglect cases, termination cases and DCS-related Juvenile Justice cases will no doubt be in contact with representatives of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.  You may be aware of significant upheaval in that organization.

         In the midst of an on-going investigation into the records of deaths of children in custody of the state, Commissioner Kate O’Day resigned during the first week of February.  Governor Haslam has appointed current Commissioner of the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Jim Henry, as Commissioner of DCS on at least an interim basis.  

         It may be that systemic changes will be forthcoming.  Those who practice juvenile and children’s law may be among the first to see changes.  The Juvenile and Children’s Law Section will attempt to keep up with developments.