Children's Services failed timely response

Children's Services failed timely response

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NASHVILLE (AP) - The coordinator of citizen review panels says the Tennessee Department of Children's Services did not respond for more than a year to recommendations by the group.

The Tennessean reported federal law requires response within six months.

On Tuesday, Citizen Review Panels received a response from the department, addressing two years of recommendations.

Toni Lawal, a co-coordinator of the group and a social worker affiliated with the University of Tennessee College of Social Work, said DCS responded to the group's 2011 and 2012 recommendations in one letter.

Tennessee received more than $1 million in combined federal funding in 2011 and 2012 under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act.

A requirement for the funds is response by the state to citizen review within six months after recommendations are made.

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