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 2010, there were 49,223 reported cases of child abuse and neglect in Tennessee. Nationally, 672,824 children were confirmed to be victims of child abuse and neglect in 2011.
Fact- According to the Tennessee Department of Children's Services Annual Report for fiscal year ending June 30, 2013 there were 8,426 children remaining in state custody. Of these children, 6,934 were in state custody due to abuse and neglect.
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 933 programs in 49 states, whose more than 77,000 volunteers serve over 234,000 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