Tennessee Voices for Children seeks to become a diversely funded, accredited organization providing best practice in advocacy and services for the emotional and behavioral well-being of children and their families in the state of TN.
- Family-Driven Services: We are committed to the provision of high quality, evidence-informed services based on System of Care principles that are family-driven, youth-guided, and culturally and linguistically competent.
- Access to Services: We believe that a broad range of mental health services should be available, without any associated stigma, to all children and young adults age 0-24.
- Family Member/Caregiver Education: We believe that empowering family members/caregivers through effective training and education can lead to improved ability to meet mental health needs.
- Lived Experience/Peer Support: We believe that emphasizing lived experience and peer support with caregivers and youth can produce individuals who become experts in navigating the child-serving systems.
- Statewide Presence: We are dedicated to supports and services that produce a positive impact statewide in rural, urban, and suburban communities.
- Leadership through Collaboration: We embrace a leadership role in the development of public policy affecting children and families and recognize that collaboration with other child-service organizations is critical in realizing success.
TN Voices Formally Organized In 1990
Tennessee Voices for Children, Inc. (TVC) was formally organized in 1990 by Tipper Gore as a statewide coalition of individuals, agencies and organizations working together as a Steering Council to promote children’s health and education services. TVC has progressed to become a statewide and national source of referral, support, and advocacy for families and the systems that serve them. Through the Statewide Family Network and its other ten main programs, our organization has informed, supported, and assisted parents and providers across the state. In the past fiscal year, TVC has reached more than 150,000 parents/caregivers, family members, and professionals (providers, educators, other advocates, etc.).
Tennessee Voices for Children provides leadership, support, and services that promote voice, hope, and empowerment for the emotional and behavioral well-being of children, youth, and their families.Mission
We have taken the lead in promoting the use of a coordinated system of care in Tennessee that includes family support and community engagement as key components. TVC works collaboratively with parents, professionals, state and federal officials, policy makers and other key stakeholders to ensure that services provided to children and families in Tennessee are family driven, community based, and culturally and linguistically competent. TVC also serves as a critical partner in multiple national efforts focused upon transforming the system to be more responsive and inclusive of the families they serve, spanning multiple programs, populations, and states. TVC is a not for profit with 501(c) 3 status and the statewide chapter of the National Federation of Families. TVC’s board consists of 51% parents of children with special needs to ensure that all services and programs are family driven and youth guided. The majority of TVC’s staff are parents or caregivers of special needs children. TVC is licensed by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health as a mental health facility.