COA accreditation is a key step in the Department’s ongoing efforts

The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (DCS) has successfully achieved national accreditation through the Council of Accreditation (COA), according to the department.

DCS says the accomplishment “underscores the department’s unwavering commitment to providing the highest standard of care and services to children and families in need.”

“The COA, a leading national accreditor of human and social service organizations, conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the Upper Cumberland regional offices,” according to a release. “This evaluation included a detailed review of program offerings such as child protection and investigation, foster care, adoption and juvenile justice services. Additionally, management and administrative practices were meticulously assessed to ensure compliance with best practice standards.”

COA accreditation is a key step in the Department’s ongoing efforts to ensure children and families we serve have access to the best resources that promote their health, safety and development.

“The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services is committed to providing high-quality prevention and support services that promote safety, permanency and well-being for the children and families we serve,” according to the release.

To report child abuse or neglect, call the Tennessee Child Abuse Hotline at 877-237-0004 or visit

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