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In Home Tennessee

Voices From The Community

Child Abuse Hotline | In-Home Tennesee

Since the initiation of In Home Tennessee, over two thousand community members, private providers, DCS staff, and other stakeholders have been involved in the enhancement. We asked a few of them for their thoughts on the efforts and changes so far, and this is what they had to say:

“From participating in In Home Tennessee, we feel more informed about both changes within DCS and changes in services provided by community agencies. Our work with In Home Tennessee has allowed us access to local data to incorporate into our strategic plan. The work of this group is progressive and helps us work with DCS and the greater community to better realize our mission of preventing child abuse and neglect.”

~ Jennifer Drake-Croft, Director of Parent Education, The Exchange Club Family Center

“When I first heard about the In Home TN initiative, I actively sought out how our agency and staff could become more involved in the process at both the state and regional levels. The mission and vision match for what both Foothills Care and In Home TN strive to do on a daily basis to strengthen and support children and families in our local communities.”

~ Jim Pedigo, President, Foothills Care, Inc.

“In Home TN gives communities the opportunity to assess their resource needs and then work together to develop those needs. In theory, communities can begin to eliminate resource scarcity one need at a time. I like that we don't have to be a victim to any lack of resources.”

~ Jim Lambert, Director RCP, Foothills Care, Inc.

“In Home TN makes it easier for families to receive services- sometimes in the most unexpected ways. Because of local meetings, Catholic Charities and Metro Nashville Public Schools were brought together at Davidson County meetings. The conversation turned to meeting needs for parents whose first language is not English; the organizations found a way to collaborate. Catholic Charities provided the curriculum and instructor and MNPS provided the translator and classroom. Thanks to In Home TN new families received services to increase their knowledge of parenting.”

~ Eileen Beehan, Social Services Department Director, Catholic Charities

“The best part about In Home Tennessee is that IT WORKS! Even those of us with differences have been able to come to the table, put our strengths together and make really good decisions. Resources can actually be utilized and there is a positive change among the participating child welfare leaders.”

~ Tammy Earnhardt, Vice President of Operations, Health Connect America

“I am very pleased with In Home Tennessee and its approach of collaborations with the community to provide the best possible options for kids and families. In the TN Valley region, I really am pleased with the teamwork and out-of-the-box thinking, and I truly appreciate the DCS Central Office staff's passion, energy, and willingness to share ideas across the state.”

~ Jack Parks, Director of Youth Services, Partnership for Families, Children and Adults

“It has been absolutely wonderful to participate in the In-Home Tennessee initiative. DCS staff have done an EXCELLENT job at organizing key parties in their regions to join together and problem solve the needs in their area. In-Home Tennessee gives individuals a voice to share their concerns and provide potential solutions. DCS has used a very systemic and thorough assessment process to narrow in on the need areas, then bringing key subgroups to begin to determine solutions to those needs. Village Behavioral Health has greatly appreciated the opportunity to be a part of these meetings and look forward to continuing our partnership with In-Home Tennessee in improving the lives of children and families.”

~ Clay McCoy, Director of Business Development, Village Behavioral Health

“The Exchange Club Family Center in Memphis has been very active in the In Home Tennessee process conducted by local DCS staff, and we feel that it was a very beneficial use of our time. Everyone worked together to solve the problem of how to interact with clients in their homes when domestic violence is a factor. Several good ideas were discussed and I felt that we reached a comprehensive solution, utilizing each participant's area of expertise. We feel we have a voice in future DCS interaction with clients who are suffering from abuse by their partner.”

~ Barbara King, Exchange Club Family Center

“The Northeast State Community College Alpha Iota Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa has been honored to help In Home Tennessee meet its goals of improving knowledge of services in the region by updating the regional directory of services and addressing transportation issues by helping raise money for a WAYS TO WORK franchise in Northeast Tennessee. We admire all of you for your very hard and very good work. Again, it has been our privilege to be a part of what you do to help Northeast Tennessee families.”

~ Jane Honeycutt, Associate Professor of English, Northeast State Community College

“In Home Tennessee represents an excellent opportunity for partnering with stakeholders to share in the success and challenges of the children in the community. The transparency and collaboration of In Home Tennessee brings all segments of the community together by connecting parents and resources in a positive manner to meet the needs of children and families. In Home Tennessee is a 'game changer' for the children of our great state!”

~ Sharon Paige, President/CEO, Damascus Road Residential Center

“Just Care Family Network is pleased to work alongside our partners in the child serving system to identify and overcome barriers and design new policies and practices to support improved service delivery to the vulnerable population we all serve. Through In Home TN, DCS has done a wonderful job of bringing all the key stakeholders to the table to be part of developing solutions to the problems facing all our systems and providing a model for community collaboration that will truly transform the system of care in Memphis and Shelby County.”

~ Dr. Altha Stewart, Executive Director, Just Care Family Network

Watch Dr. Stewart's video message from the One Year In Home Tennessee Celebration meeting in Shelby County on July 30, 2014:

“The goal of In Home TN to enhance child welfare practice and service delivery is exactly what our state needs to continue to build and strengthen our communities to meet the needs of our youth and families. The collaboration between DCS and providers is a vital component to reach that goal successfully. I am excited to be a part of the implementation team in Shelby County. The team is extremely driven, setting measurable action steps to make a positive difference in the lives of others through education, service array and quality of service.”

~ Stephanie Pugh, Director of West TN Programs, Youth Villages

“In Home Tennessee has become the avenue for DCS/Provider quality and excellence. Our involvement in this process has been worth every minute as it has provided an open and welcoming format for eliminating barriers to the best outcomes.”

~ Todd Hickman, Director, Health Connect America

“In Home Tennessee is the kind of unified collaboration that results in sustainable and successful improvements in the delivery of services to the families of Northeast Tennessee. I am grateful we are part of it.”

~ Tim Perry, Division Director, Tennessee Children and Youth

“In Home Tennessee is providing a framework for our communities to come together to increase safety, well being, and quality of life for the children of Tennessee. We can accomplish so much more by working together to strengthen vulnerable families”

~ Lisa Tipton, Executive Director, Families Free

If you'd like to contribute to the In Home Tennessee “Voices From The Community,” please contact Crystal Parker in Central Office at