Tennessee Accountability Center Report 2.
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Center for State Child Welfare Data.
Published: May 2018
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
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Chicago, IL 60637
Under the terms of the Settlement Agreement in the Brian A. vs. Haslam class action lawsuit, the parties—the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services and Children’s Rights, Inc.—agreed to establish an independent, external Accountability Center. This is the second of three reports to be produced by the Accountability Center and focuses on the process of care, the quality of care, and the capacity to provide care. Findings indicate: Department of Children’s Services (DCS) investigators or assessment workers had their first face-to-face contact with the alleged child victim within DCS’ established timeframes for over 95% percent of cases; about half of all investigations were completed within 60 days, and 75% closed within 71 days; in the last two years, four children under the age of 6 experienced congregate care placement; in 2017, 198 children were recorded with an overnight placement and more than 92% of placements lasted only one day; DCS relies on multiple interwoven CQI processes to understand, manage, and monitor the use of restraint and seclusion for children in its custody; each month, about six in ten children visit with their parents at least once a month; each month about six in ten siblings visit with other siblings when placed separately; the percentage of Foster Care supervisors with caseloads sized within the applicable threshold was above 90% State as whole; and in the last 18 months, DCS has certified 431 new caseworkers and 121 new supervisors after the completion of the required training. 9 figures, 14 tables, and 31 references.
Tennessee; foster children; accountability; child welfare services; child welfare reform; child placement; permanency planning; caseload; physical restraint; residential treatment; sibling visits; parental visits