NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - In the wake of a series of News4 Investigations that revealed how information about the violent and sexual histories of children were kept from foster parents, lawmakers have launched a caucus to try and address the needs of any family wanting to bring children into their homes.
He came into their family at fifteen-year-old, tattooed on his arms and neck, considered by the state department of children’s services as an emergency placement.
“(News4 Investigates has) reported on this several times, so I think we have to start shedding light on that,” said state Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby.
The caucus, also developed by state Sen. Ferrell Haile, R-Gallatin, is designed to give adoptive and foster parents access to lawmakers to see if legislative action is needed to address their concerns.
“Louise Brandeis said, ‘Sunlight is the greatest disinfectant.’ What if we start opening up the dialogue across Tennessee,” said Faison. “That’s what I’m trying to do. Let’s identify the challenges, identify the problems in Tennessee through this caucus. Now we’ve identified the problems, what are we going to do about it?”
A day after auditors blasted the Department of Children Services for how many of its caseworkers are overburdened, News4 Investigates found what could be putting foster families in more danger than they ever expected.
Faison knows first-hand the joys and hardship of fostering and adopting children, having fostered and adopted a son of their own.
“It’s like nobody in the government is talking about the challenges that come with that,” said Faison.
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - A foster family has come to News4 Investigates with documentation that a female child, with a substantiated claim of se…