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15% of a sample of former foster children revealed that someone in their foster home had tried to 'take advantage of them sexually' (Fanshel et al, 1990)

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Tennessee CPS News Archive

Tennessee News Coverage

by Associated Press

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - State and county authorities are investigating the Memorial Day death of an 8-year-old foster child found hanging from a tree.

Rutherford County Sheriff's Sgt. Dan Goodwin said David "Charlie" Cotten was fishing with his two brothers, ages 7 and 10, and their foster father, reserve deputy Kam Sandstrom, as well as deputy Edwin Fitzgerald and his two sons. A Sandstrom family member told The Daily News Journal they had been told not to comment.

Knoxville News Sentinel

May 29, 2009

by Jacqueline Koch

Chattanooga police have arrested a 17-year-old female and booked her on a charge of criminal homicide in connection with a shooting Wednesday night that left one man dead.

The residence on Sylvan was an independent living facility for children previously in foster care who had reached the age of 18, said Lt. Tim Carroll, head of the Chattanooga Police Department's major crime division.

Chattanooga Times Free Press

February 14, 2009

CHONGQING, China -- Nine-year-old Anna He stands quietly amid the chaos in her boarding school dorm. Anna is an outsider here.

Her parents are Chinese, but she cannot talk to her schoolmates because she grew up in America -- in foster care. When asked about the Bakers, Anna pulls away. She rolls onto her back. She covers her face with her hands. She says she has forgotten what it was like when she moved from one family to the other, and whether she was happy or sad.


November 30, 2008

A Bradley man is accused of beating a toddler so severely that the child required surgery to repair a broken arm. Charged in the case is 30 year old Steven Brent Lee who is the live-in boyfriend of the boy's mother.

Sheriff Tim Gobble said, "The level of abuse against this child, shocks the conscience. This is one of the worst cases of child abuse and neglect occurring in this area for sometime. Innocent children deserve the protection of the community and I want to commend the child's grandmother for intervening and getting help for this child.

WRCB Chattanooga (TN)

September 19, 2008

by Lisa Warren

An effort is under way locally to open a transitional shelter in Greeneville for area victims of domestic violence. The shelter, called Safe Harbor Home, will provide long-term housing and services to victims of abuse.

A native of Puerto Rico, Velez, who is also a Christian minister, has worked in the child protective services field for nearly 20 years. He served with the state of Florida's child protective services for 16 years before moving to Greene County with his wife, Lillian, three years ago.

The Greeneville Sun

September 15, 2008

by Don Jacobs, Amy McRary, Frank Munger, J.J. Stambaugh

Knoxville police this afternoon charged a 58-year-old Powell man with one court of first-degree murder in this morning's shooting at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church.

Jim D. Adkisson is being held on a $1 million bond at the Knox County Detention Center. He is accused of opening fire during a children's play, shooting eight people with a shotgun, killing one, according to Knoxville Police Chief Sterling P. Owen IV.

Knoxville News Sentinel

July 27, 2008

by Michael Merritt

Do you know what happens to a child if they are abused or neglected? Do you know where you county stands in child well being? Do you know what services are available to families in your community?

The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth along with The Center for Family Development will be facilitating informal town hall meetings to address the needs of the community children.


June 5, 2008

After weeks of intense grassroots lobbying by energized homeschooling families, on March 19, 2008, the Special Initiatives Subcommittee of the Tennessee House Education Committee voted to kill a testing bill threatening home educators.

House Bill 2795 would have subjected non-public school students, including homeschool students, to additional state testing. It would have required them to take subject matter tests based upon state-approved textbooks. It would also have required them to pass the Tennessee comprehensive assessment program (TCAP) tests before receiving a high school diploma.


April 25, 2008

Chattanooga police have charged a 25-year-old man with child neglect for allegedly leaving his 3-year-old alone at the child's mother's house.

Vincent Ladale Kennedy was supposed to return the child after visitation. He called the mother on his way there to let her know he was returning the child, and she informed him she would not be home for another 15 to 20 minutes. The mother returned to find the child alone there when she returned.

Chattanooga Times Free Press

February 20, 2008

by Amanda C.

One of the saddest stories of 2007 in my homestate of Tennessee involved the death of a teen in fostercare. The teen snuck out to smoke; his foster father discovered him and an altercation followed.

The result: the teen died in a chokehold, basically strangled by the person charged with his care. There is no excuse for the death of this child. A young man dying in such a violent way at the hands of a man charged, trained and paid to care for him is apprenhensible.


December 29, 2007

Tennessee law needs some serious revision when it comes to the particulars of what constitutes parental abandonment.

Presently, the Tennessee custody case of 9-year-old Anna Mae He remains one that captivates national attention and likely tugs at the heartstrings of anyone paying attention to the fate of this little girl.

The Nashville City Paper (TN)

May 14, 2007

by Jared Allen

A seemingly non-controversial bill to fix holes in Tennessee's adoption laws hit a procedural snag Wednesday morning.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. G.A. Hardaway, D-Memphis, is called the "Anna Mae He Act," and is so named after the adolescent daughter of a Chinese immigrant couple living in Memphis who nearly lost their parental rights.

The Nashville City Paper (TN)

May 10, 2007

by Jared Allen

After lingering in a near-vegetative state for almost a week, a two-and-a-half-year-old East Nashville boy was pronounced clinically dead by physicians at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital Monday night.

Last Monday, an immigrant couple living in Nashville were charged with aggravated child abuse after the couple's 3-month-old daughter was found to have significant internal injuries.

The Nashville City Paper (TN)

March 14, 2007

by Woody Baird

The Tennessee Supreme Court cleared the way Tuesday for a Chinese couple to be reunited with the daughter they had placed in foster care with an American family nearly eight years ago.

The court overturned a decision by a Memphis judge who had taken away the parental rights of Shaoqiang and Qin Luo He, ruling that they had abandoned the child. That decision attracted widespread publicity and was criticized as ethnically biased.

Union-Tribune (TN)

January 23, 2007

by Adam Longo

An 18-year-old sexual assault victim stands ready to face the demons of her past.

At the age of 12, she was placed in the foster care of a convicted pedophile who, she claims, repeatedly sexually assaulted her. Thursday, she filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the Tennessee Department of Children Services and two other companies.


September 21, 2006

by Adam Longo

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- An 18-year-old sexual assault victim stands ready to face the demons of her past.

At the age of 12, she was placed in the foster care of a convicted pedophile who, she claims, repeatedly sexually assaulted her. Thursday, she filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the Tennessee Department of Children Services and two other companies.


September 21, 2006

by Jeff Lennox

JEFFERSON COUNTY (WATE) -- Two men who formerly worked as guards for the Department of Children's Services in Jefferson County were arrested on charges involving minors.

One former guard, 26-year-old James Clevenger, was in court Friday on charges he abused and assaulted a teen at a juvenile detention center. Officers arrested Clevenger Thursday night. He was arraigned in court Friday on charges of aggravated child abuse and assault.


September 15, 2006

by Robin Wallace

A Tennessee federal judge in November ordered the arrest of all the employees at the Franklin County Department of Children's Services for refusing to implement his ruling on a custody case involving a two-year-old child.

Tennessee's child protective services office has been embroiled in scandal. Among other problems, caseworkers have been accused of falsify records and the state legislature has threatened to dismantle thestate's foster care system unless the DCS reforms.

Fox News (TN)

February 5, 2002

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