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Report: DCS Rebounding Under New Leadership

Report: DCS Rebounding Under New Leadership

CREATED Jun 4, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An expert panel tasked with monitoring the Tennessee Department of Children's Services said the agency has flourished under new leadership.

The report by the federal monitors credits new top leaders for getting the state's foster care system "back on track."

Jim Henry became DCS Commissioner after Kate O'Day resigned early last year following a public outcry over problems that included not knowing how many of the children the agency was supposed to be helping had died.

DCS has been under federal supervision since 2001, when the court found serious problems with its treatment of foster care children.

The monitors said in the report that DCS has made several improvements, though some challenges remain.

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