Hamilton County Organizations Fight Foster Care Instability
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – The Department of Children’s Services is systemically underfunded and is seeing skyrocketing caseloads according to a new report.
“Once you know about how many children there are sleeping on conference room floors, you have to do something about it. And, once you know, you have to act,” Rachel Carroll said.
Carroll works with the Chambliss Center for Children helping foster children.
There are currently around 7,000 children in Tennessee’s foster care system and just over 2,000 case managers.
Tennessee has had the highest rate of foster care instability since 2016, according to a report released last week by the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth.
However, Chambliss Center for Children and Isaiah 117 House are partnering up to bring love and stability to our local foster youth.
Together, the two organizations aim to reduce the trauma for children as they enter, navigate, and transition out of the foster care system.
Carroll said, “Right now, what we really need, I mean, across the state and not necessarily just Hamilton County, is people to step up for foster care. To take in children, to take in sibling groups, teenagers, and be that responsible family and that responsible loving home that they need so that they can continue to grow and develop.”
Although Tennessee’s foster care system is in need of systemic reform, these two organizations give Chattanooga families a bit of hope.