Tennessee

State Coordinator

Department of Children's Services
Michael Leach
Director, Office of Independent Living
436 6th Avenue North
8th Floor Cordell Hull Building
Nashville, TN 37243-1290
Phone: (615) 253-3503 or (615) 943-9972
Fax: (615) 564-0980
Email: Michael.H.Leach@tn.gov

Agency Website

2012 Chafee Allocation

$2,188,799
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2012 ETV Allocation

$729,837
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Number of youth 16-21 (most current AFCARS data - 2009)

2097
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State's Chafee Mission Statement

Information is currently unavailable.

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Who is eligible for Chafee services?

14-21 year olds with the goal of a permanent living arrangement.

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What is the state's definition of room and board?

Information is currently unavailable.

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Maximum age that youth may remain in state funded foster care

0

Information is currently unavailable.

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Under what conditions can a youth remain in state funded foster care beyond 18?

18 years. Voluntary Post-Custody Services Agreement

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Does the state have an approved plan to extend Title IV-E (Federal foster care) beyond 18?

Yes

Age of extension: 21

Conditions used to extend title IV-E foster care:

  • Secondary Education: Yes
  • Postsecondary Education: Yes
  • Barriers to Employment: No
  • Employed 80 Hours: No
  • Incapable of Activities: Yes

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Is the Extended Medicaid Option available for youth until 21?

Yes

Extended to 19, after 19 an appliation is needed.

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Can youth in care get driver’s licenses?

Yes

Information is currently unavailable.

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Does the state offer tuition waivers for foster youth?

No

Scholarship to state school for youth in custody for 12 months, after age 14.

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Does the state have a youth leadership program?

Yes

Tennessee is building a statewide board.

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Does the state have a foster care bill of rights or sibling bill of rights?

No

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