On Saturday, April 5, 2003, from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m., Childhelp USA Tennessee invites guests to attend the hard hat dedication of Childhelp USA Village of East Tennessee, Smoky Mountain Haven. There will be a dedication ceremony at 1:30 p.m., tours of the facility in Seymour, and light refreshments.
The village will provide a continuum of services for from East Tennessee children who have been removed from their families due to abuse and who are in state custody. It will develop an individual treatment plan for each child, provided through a wide range of therapeutic programs. The goal of the village is to help children heal mentally, physically, and spiritually, so they can live in a family – their own if possible, an adopted family, or a stable foster family.
Services will include a network of specially trained therapeutic foster families developed through the Childhelp USA Tennessee Foster Family Agency, day treatment, and intensive residential therapy. In its second phase, the village will provide an on-site residential treatment program for children requiring more intensive therapies and supervision than those in the therapeutic foster care program. As these severely abused children progress, they will transition into the Childhelp therapeutic foster care program.
The village currently consists of existing buildings that are being renovated. Fund-raising is underway to underwrite the cost of adapting these structures and constructing new buildings for the on-site residential treatment program for severely abused children. Structures to be built include three eight-bed cottages, a barn, and an interdenominational chapel.
Childhelp USA Tennessee is a regional branch of Childhelp USA. Founded in 1959 by Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, Childhelp USA is one of the oldest and largest national nonprofits dedicated to preventing and treating child abuse. Nationally, the organization’s programs directly serve more than 161,000 children and adults annually.
Childhelp USA programs include the Childhelp USA® National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A CHILD®; residential treatment facilities; child advocacy centers; group homes; foster homes; and child abuse prevention, education, and training programs.
For more information about Childhelp USA Tennessee, visit www.childhelpsouth.org. For directions to the event, please call 637-1753.

• From 1990 to 1999, the number of Tennessee children in foster care increased 36%.

• Some 10,000 children in state custody need foster care, but only 3,500 foster families are available.

• Child abuse cases in Knox County Juvenile Court increased 22% last year.

• The number of children in foster care in the U.S. has doubled since 1987, and there are more children needing temporary care than there are foster parents. (Source: Child Welfare League of America).

• In 1998, 73% of juvenile court judges reported a lack of placements appropriate to abused children’s needs. (Source: Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth).

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