To report child abuse or neglect in Tennessee please call the Child Abuse Hotline: 1-877-237-0004
Statistics about abused and neglected children in Tennessee:
According to Kids Count 2008, there were 17,067 indicated cases of child abuse and neglect in Tennessee. In 2006, a rate of 11.7 per 1,000 persons ages 0-17. Nationally, 772,000 children were found to be victims of child abuse and neglect in FY 2008.
Fact- According to the Tennessee Department of Children's Services Annual Report FY 2008-2009, there were 6,970 children remaining in state custody as of June 30, 2008; with 5,105 or 73% of those 6,970 children placed in custody because of abuse or neglect issues.
Fact- A report released by Prevent Child Abuse America funded by Pew Charitable Trusts estimates the annual cost of child abuse and neglect in the United States to be 103.8 billion dollars. This figure includes both direct and indirect costs of child abuse.
Fact- Federal law requires that juvenile and family courts appoint a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in all cases of child abuse and neglect, who, in Tennessee must be an attorney. CASA advocates who are volunteers may also be appointed by the court. See Tennessee Code Annotated 37-1-149.
Fact- The National CASA/GAL network consists of more than 1055 local and state member program offices in 49 states, whose nearly 70,900 volunteers serve over 237,000 children every year.
Links of interest
National CASA Association
Tennessee Department of Children's Services
Tennessee Department of Children's Services Annual Report 2008
Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth
Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee
Tennessee Bar Association’s Juvenile and Children’s Law Section
Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
Tennessee Lives Count Project
Child Welfare League of America
Children's Defense Fund
The Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care
Tennessee Court Improvement Project (CIP)
Includes Handbook for Parents and Guardians
Administration for Children & Families: Child Maltreatment 2006
National Association of Counsel for Children
Tennessee Juvenile Court Services Association
TN CASA Association • 412 Golden Bear Court • B 202 • Murfreesboro TN • 37128 • Toll Free 800 • TNCASA1