Children and Families


  • Child Support

    DHS offers numerous services to parents or legal guardians trying to obtain financial and medical support for their child or children. Our child support staff can help you locate a missing parent, establish paternity, obtain or modify court orders and enforce those orders.

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  • Child Care Services

    The Child Care Services section plans, implements, and coordinates activities and programs to ensure quality, accessibility and the health and safety of children in care. 

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  • Families First/TANF

    Families First, the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program

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  • SNAP

    The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) provides nutritional assistance benefits to children and families, the elderly, the disabled, unemployed and working families. 

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  • TennCare Home

    TennCare is the state of Tennessee’s Medicaid program that provides health care for approximately 1.3 million Tennesseans and operates with an annual budget of approximately $10 billion. 

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  • CoverKids Home

    The CoverKids initiative provides options for and access to health insurance where few or no options exist. 

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  • Adult Protective Services

    Adult Protective Services staff investigate reports of abuse, neglect (including self-neglect) or financial exploitation of adults who are unable to protect themselves due to a physical or mental limitation. 

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  • Crisis Services & Suicide Prevention

    Call 855-CRISIS-1 or 855-274-7471 for immediate help during a mental health crisis. Crisis Services teams across the state are trained to assist. Learn more about TN's Suicide Prevention programs offering screenings for school-age children, support for those who have attempted or lost someone to suicide, and training for professionals.

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  • Commission on Aging and Disability

    Commission on Aging and Disability's mission is to bring together and leverage programs, resources, and organizations to protect and ensure the quality of life and independence of older Tennesseans and adults with disabilities. 

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  • Tennessee Family Pathfinder

    Pathfinder helps families and agencies find useful disability services and resources in Tennessee.

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  • Order of Protection

    Learn how to file for and Order of Protection paper signed by a Judge to protect you from certain people who have hit you or threatened you.

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  • Human Rights Act and Disability Act

    Reproduced by Tennessee Human Rights Commission with the permission of LexisNexis. Copyright 2014 LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. 

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  • Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

    After training, there are a few more steps to complete before you become a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist.  The CPRS Certification Handbook is a great resource certification questions. Find the Handbook below in Related Links. 

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