The Tennessee Department of Children's Services has fallen out of compliance in several of the areas the federal court uses to measure its performance. DCS has been under federal supervision since 2001, when the court found serious problems with its treatment of foster care children. At a hearing yesterday, U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell asked when that supervision might end.
Neither side was able to answer. However, attorneys for both DCS and the children expressed optimism about the department's new leadership. Jim Henry became DCS Commissioner after Kate O'Day resigned in February. Her resignation followed a public outcry over problems that included not knowing how many of the children the agency was supposed to be helping had died. Yesterday’s hearing focused on the department's 2012 performance, before Henry took over.