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In Home Tennessee: Enhancing In-Home Services

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In Home Tennessee supports and enhances the DCS Mission of fostering partnerships to protect children, develop youth, strengthen families, and build safe communities. This will be achieved by building organizational and community capacity, improving access and quality of services, and enhancing how we work with families.


mother_daughterThe Tennessee Department of Children's Services (DCS) firmly believes in the abilities of families and communities to promote the healthy development and care of children. Building on that belief and drawing from the expertise of national child welfare experts and data, the Department is currently in the process of implementing "In Home Tennessee," an initiative aimed at engaging and including communities in strengthening the practice of child welfare, as well as the quality and delivery of in-home services offered to Tennessee's children and their families.

In our efforts to enhance both our practice and services, the Department is partnering with community members, service providers, school officials, resource parents, other governmental departments, law enforcement, and other stakeholders. In Home Tennessee calls on these partners, region by region, to first complete a community assessment of the current practices and services, and then to partner with DCS on addressing the (region-specific) identified needs, in addition to maintaining the strengths.

Additionally, DCS and partners developed a "practice framework," or guide, to assist in enhancing child welfare practice strategies through collaborative learning/strategizing with the Department and other community child welfare workers. Trainings in line with best practice and the Department's mission and values are being conducted currently to hone the skills, strategies, activities, and responsibilities essential to the in-home services population.

This initiative further encourages and supports families' involvement in making decisions for their children. When families are vulnerable and DCS assistance is needed, services are most effective when the inherent talents, skills, and abilities of both the family and the community are mobilized.

For more specific information on the In Home Tennessee initiative, review the overarching framework here.

Goals and Core Values

  • father_sonImprove the quality of casework services by engaging families;
  • • Connect with stakeholders in designing and delivering individualized services to meet families’ needs;
  • • Build organizational capacity to implement system change to meet the needs of families; and
  • • To assist families
    • • in providing safe care for their children within their homes and communities.
      • in developing effective coping and care giving skills.
      • in gaining access, developing, and using resources to effectively
      meet their families’ needs.
      • through service provisions in order to reduce referrals and repeat

In Home Tennessee Implementation

regional map Northeast Region Smoky Mountain Region Knox Region East Region East Region TN Valley Region East Region Upper Cumberland Region South Central Region Mid Cumberland Region Mid Cumberland Region Mid Cumberland Region South Central Region Shelby Region Southwest Region Northwest Region Davidson County Region Davidson County Region Knox Region East Region South Central Region Upper Cumberland Region TN Valley Region Northwest Region Northeast Region Shelby Region Smoky Mountain Region Southwest Region Mid Cumberland Region

Click on a region name to get updated information regarding that region’s implementation progress.