TN DCS: Davidson County

*Tennessee Department of Children Services, October 2016

This data is intended to provide you with information from various sources that gives the reader facts about the staggering volume of children entering the foster care system in Tennessee and the affects it has on the State, the children, foster parents and case managers.

 Nationwide

Over 415,000 children are in the foster care system. Less than half are placed with a family member or relative to care for them while in foster care.

On average, 64 youth age of foster care every day and find themselves with no support at age 18.

20% of all youth that age out of foster care become homeless.

75% of youth that age out of foster care suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, less than 3% will earn a degree in college or vocational school, and 2/3 of young women will be pregnant by their 21st birthday.

                                                                

TN DCS : STATEWIDE

*Tennessee Department of Children Services, October 2016

Across Tennessee

There are slightly less than 8,000 children in foster care.

There are less than 4,000 foster families willing to provide homes for foster children.

Less than 50% of foster children are placed with a relative and either participate in a group setting or stay with a foster parent.

The opioid epidemic in Tennessee has caused a significant increase in the number of children entering the system and having parental rights terminated. The State has the 2nd highest rate of opioid prescriptions in the nation.

Since 2010 there has been a 51% increase in the number of parents whose parental rights have been terminated. In the same time period, there has been a 56% increase in the number of children waiting to be adopted.

According to data from 2014, there are currently 864 children permanently residing in foster care where parental rights have been terminated. These children remain in foster care until they turn 18, unless adopted.

Children over 8 years of age who are available for adoption have a 20% chance of being adopted, and most face 10 more years in the foster care system before aging out.