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Advocates fear DHS relapse

Posted by Sandra On August - 22 - 2010

<b>Chavis, 8, cleans his room after being placed with his natural father, whom he had never met. </b><br> DIPTI VAIDYA / THE TENNESSEAN

Critics of the state’s troubled foster care system say it has shown improvement under Gov. Phil Bredesen, but they worry a new administration could cause the agency to lose its way along the path to reform.

A decade ago, a federal class-action lawsuit revealed harrowing stories of child abuse and neglect at the hands of a state system meant to protect some of Tennessee’s most vulnerable young people.

One boy ate his drug-addict mother’s cocaine after the state returned him to her custody, even though she had never gone to drug abuse counseling. Another was forced to live in an overcrowded shelter with older kids accused of violent crimes. And a girl was shuffled among 15 foster homes during a single year of state supervision.

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http://www.tennessean.com/article/20100822/NEWS01/8220360/Advocates-for-kids-fear-DCS-relapse










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