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2018 Summaries

The Department of Children's Services  shall release certain information related to child deaths and near deaths in accordance with Tenn. Code Ann. 37-5-107(c)(4).

In 2013, DCS adopted new criteria for tracking and reporting child deaths and near deaths in a manner that is consistent with our mission.

The Department tracks custody deaths, non-custody deaths, custody near deaths, and non-custody near deaths.

Important Note: It is essential to have an accurate understanding of the child death data reported on this site. For information on reporting methodology, definitions, data parameters, etc. please click here.