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Tennessee Voices for Children

Who We Are

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.

What We Do

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. 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 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.


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