Mission & Vision

The Department of Children’s Services strategic plan outlines the department’s vision and mission and priorities, goals, and objectives to guide day-to-day operations and inform funding priorities.

From this plan, action steps are developed to guide our work and measure the outcomes.

The plan, which is updated every four years, is developed by the department’s senior leadership with guidance from a consultant sponsored by Casey Family Programs. The action steps are developed by each region, youth development center, and central office staff.

Strategic planning is a key element of accreditation and best practices.


Provide high-quality prevention and support services to children and families that promote safety, permanency, and well-being.


To create safe and healthy environments for children where they can live with supportive families and engaged communities.


  • Relationships: The child welfare system in Tennessee is a collaborative, aligned system of partners that provides unique interventions to our most vulnerable populations.
  • Integrity: Ethics, fairness, and sincerity are the foundation for a successful organization.
  • Diversity: Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and to maintain strong connections with their identified community, faith, and culture.
  • Learning: Staff should have opportunities and managerial support for continuous professional development and innovation.