Jun 28 2022
09:31 am

From WATE,

"According to the TN Department of Children’s Services 2020-2021 Annual Report, they provided residential childcare, including foster care, to 7,778 children."

According to "Dr. Walt Mauldin, Executive Director of Smoky Mountain Children’s Home in Sevierville", “right now there are 9,119 children and young people in state custody.”

Whether it is 7,000 to 9,000, how well is the State of Tennessee doing to take care of children in state custody? Children that are no longer able to live with their birth families.

"Smoky Mountain Children’s Home is a private faith-based foster care and adoption agency that has been in existence for over 100 years." “There are approximately a little over 100 [children] in our foster care program, [and] about 32 in our residential program.”

There are approximately 1.5 million children under the age of 18 in Tennessee. 9,000 of those children have no permanent home. 13.6% of people in Tennessee live in poverty. In Tennessee in 2019, there were nearly 90,000 pregnancies. Of those, nearly 6,000 were females aged 15-19. In 2019 there were just over 80,000 live births. Of those live births, 44% of the mothers were unmarried.

This should all be kept in mind when more births are required by the state. There will be more need and funding for healthcare, mental health care, low income support, and of course foster care.

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