Tennessee Makes Extra Efforts to Keep Families Together

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DOWNTOWN JACKSON — Tennessee is stepping up its efforts to keep families together. The Department of Children’s Services “Three Branches Institute” will remain intact in efforts to help the legislative, judicial and executive branches work more closely with the department. The initiative is being put into place to help strengthen child protection and juvenile services, and promote better care while children are the state’s custody. “We are going to be able to keep a family put a little bit of money in there to keep the family together,” James M. Henry, DCS commissioner “And that is really what out hope is that we can get parents acting like parents.” According to the DCS website, there are approximately 8,000 children in state custody.

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