Monday, May 23, 2011

Hear the Music Live Celebrity Golf Scramble CMA FEST Week in Nashville, TN June 7, 2011

National non-profit, Hear the Music Live will be holding a fundraiser to support live music experiences for foster youth nationwide at Opryland USA, Gaylord Spring Links in Nashville, TN on June 7, 2011. Show your support by playing in the Hear the Music Live Celebrity Golf Scramble and join your favorite celebrities afterwards for a special Gold Record Luncheon and Acoustic Jam in the pavilion. Surprise collaborations are expected!

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Lynn Pollard on obesity and well-being

In today's City Paper, Anne Marshall writes about threats to children who are severely overweight.

Friday, May 13, 2011

DCS Shares the Load on Disaster Relief

For the past week, teams of Children’s Service staff members have been reaching out across East and West Tennessee, assisting those who have been affected by the spring storms and floods.

“Our people have really been hitting it hard,” said Colette Crawley-Martin, who coordinates DCS disaster response with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.

Children’s Services staff members routinely pitch in when disaster strikes in Tennessee.

The DCS group specializes in community relations. They visit hard-hit areas, including neighborhoods and shelters, and make sure that storm and flood victims know the vast array of services that are available. “How to apply for disaster relief. How to get emergency food stamps. How to get mental health counseling. You name it. We can help them find it,” said Crawley-Martin.

They perform their community relations duties alongside FEMA representatives, and that work is coordinated by TEMA officials.

Currently, DCS workers are serving Tennesseans in upper and lower East Tennessee, where tornadoes recently touched down. In West Tennessee, they are working with those affected by high waters near the swollen Mississippi River and its tributaries. Right now, about 16 DCS staffers are on disaster duty, along with thousands of other local, state and federal employees, plus scores of relief groups.

“We’re in three parts of the state,” said Crawley-Martin, “and they really deserve some credit for pitching in.”

DCS Commissioner Kate O'Day on WATE-TV

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Don't Forget: It's Time to Lace Up for Walk Me Home!

Walk Me Home Event-Nashville

Dear DCS staff/ Administration and support staff:

The Fourth Annual WALK ME HOME event will held this year on May 14, 2011 from 8 am- 12 noon at Bi-Centennial Mall in downtown Nashville. This is a great family event; there will be local entertainment, kid activities, 3.1 mile walk, refreshments and much more.

We are encouraging you to form a team to support this wonderful Event.

You may know a Corporation, church, agency or other entity that would be willing to become a WALK ME HOME sponsor. If so please contact Odessa Krech at Central office 615-253-6906 or at email , Anything you can do to get the word out about the Middle TN/Nashville WALK is greatly appreciated.

Please join us on May 14, 2011 with your team to WALK ME HOME.

Thank you for your dedication to our children and families.

Walk Me Home Nashville Information

Walk Me Home Nashville Registration Brochure

On Point: Pill Mills

"The drug abuse pipeline grabbing headlines this spring is not out of Afghanistan or Mexico, but out of pain clinics and doctors’ offices in sunny Florida.

Prescription drug abuse is sky-rocketing in the United States as accidental overdose deaths now exceed crack deaths in the 1980s. Pharmaceutical pain killers are now churned out of “pill mills”.

The hottest pipeline brings drugs from Florida into poor counties of West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee. Oxycodone and its cousins are wreaking havoc.

Today, On Point: the pipeline and price of a pain killer epidemic.

– Tom Ashbrook

Video from our Irish friends

HT: A. Sullivan at Daily Dish

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

May Foster Parent Phone In

Please remember that Foster Care PHONE IN will begin on Wednesday May 4 and will go through Thursday May 5, 2011.  It is imperative that ALL RESOURCE PARENTS PHONE IN!!!
Foster Care Payments are dependent upon the PHONE IN system.   Payment Push will not continue indefinitely.  We must get to the point of having a successful PHONE IN for all resource parents. 
Please contact all resource parents and notify them that Foster Care PHONE IN is required and must be completed on 5/4 and 5/5.

Are there any payments for this pay period for this resource home parent and children?  If there are NO payments, then the resource parent will NOT be able to get very far into the phone-in process before it kicks them out. 

If NO PAYMENTS exist then contact your Regional Fiscal Director for help.  Plan on the Resource Parent NOT being able to use the phone-in system for this pay run.  If the payments even gets generated at this point, it is TOO LATE to use the Phone-in System.
Directions for PHONE IN System

  1. Call 1-877-318-5064 for outside Nashville, call 256-9718 for the Nashville area only.
  2. Enter your (resource parent/vendor) Social Security Number followed by the # key.
  3. Enter your PIN number followed by the # key.
  4. Enter your child’s TFACTS ID number followed by the # key.
  5. Enter your child’s Social Security number followed by the # key.
  6. Enter the begin payment dates you are confirming payment for in the month/date/year two-digit format.  For example:  January 1, 2011 would be entered as 01 01 11 always follow numbers with the # key.
  7. Enter the Ending Payment Dates in the same format as above.
  8. Follow all voice directions on PHONE IN SYSTEM.
NOTE: After each number entered the system will prompt you to press 1 if Correct.

Thank You!

Presidential Proclamation--National Foster Care Month

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
      Progress in America can be measured by the opportunities we pass on to our children.  For nearly half a million youth in foster care across our country, the best path to success we can give them is the chance to experience a loving home where they can feel secure and thrive.  During National Foster Care Month, we renew our commitment to ensuring a brighter future for foster youth, and we celebrate the selfless individuals who make a meaningful difference in their lives.

      Young people in foster care are in the system through no fault of their own, and each of our Nation’s children deserves a stable home and a devoted family.  Strong support structures provide children with the environment needed to learn, grow, and reach their greatest potential.  Permanence is critical to the future success of foster youth and must be a key component of foster care initiatives.

      My Administration is committed to achieving security for every child and supporting adolescents in foster care as they transition to adulthood.  The Permanency Innovations Initiative, spearheaded by the Department of Health and Human Services, is providing support to public-private partnerships focused on decreasing the number of children in long-term foster care.  Over the next 5 years, this program will invest $100 million in new intervention strategies to help foster youth move into permanent homes, test new approaches to reducing time spent in foster care placements, and remove the most serious barriers to finding lasting, loving environments.  Over 110,000 children in foster care today are waiting to be adopted.  Across America, there are families who need these children as much as these children need families.  I encourage those interested in adopting a child in need of a home to explore the life-changing resources available at

      We are also investing in the health and well-being of our young people in foster care.  Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, we have significantly increased funding for the Title IV-E adoption and foster care assistance program to provide safe and stable out-of-home care for children.  As a result of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act I signed into law last year, all children enrolled in foster care automatically qualify for free meals in all Department of Agriculture child nutrition programs.  Additionally, beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act will require States to extend Medicaid coverage up to age 26 for all youth who have aged out of the foster care system.

      As a Nation, we all have a responsibility to remain persistent in the charge to provide the best care possible for children when they cannot remain in their own homes.  During National Foster Care Month, we recognize the efforts of foster families, social workers, faith-based and community organizations, and others that are improving the lives of young people in foster care across our country, and I encourage all Americans to partake in efforts to serve these children in the year ahead.

      NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2011 as National Foster Care Month.  I call upon all Americans to observe this month by taking an active role in activities across our country that recognize not only these cherished children and youth, but also the commitment of so many that touch their lives at a most challenging time.

      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.


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