Tuesday, July 27, 2021
From Tennesee Lookout:
The Department of Children’s Services has stripped its references to the “critical importance” of the COVID vaccine from guidance given to foster parents and removed from its website complete data on the number of kids who have gotten sick. Additionally, it has also failed to respond to questions since last week about whether child welfare officials would take steps to ensure kids in state custody get vaccinated.
There are approximately 8, 965 kids in state custody. However, it’s not publicly known how many kids in DCS care have received a COVID-19 vaccine.
Thus far, at least 1,247 kids in DCS custody have contracted COVID, including 729 kids in group facilities that saw outbreaks, 443 living in foster homes and 75 boys living at Wilder Youth Development Center, a secure DCS lockup for kids who have gotten into trouble.
Read more here.