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TCCY Children's Advocacy Days 2018

Tennessee Commission on Children & Youth

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 10:00 AM - Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 12:00 PM (CDT)

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Systems are like orchestras with many specialized players. To be in harmony, all the players must be in tune and highly skilled.”

Child Advocates are the voice for children who cannot be their own voice. That voice is most effective when it is amplified with many individual voices in chorus. That is why the 30th annual Children’s Advocacy Days 2018 theme is “Children’s Advocacy in Concert.”

To make beautiful music, a group of skilled performers must be in harmony and in tune. To sing and play the song of Tennessee’s children, advocates share a score, arranged to showcase the talents of each.

To assure the future well-being of Tennessee children, skilled advocates – educators, counselors, social workers, administrators, policymakers and planners – speak on their behalf from a shared commitment and message.

While we celebrate the many ways advocates serve children – as educators, therapists, policymakers and planners – we all share the same melody that children should be safe, healthy, nurtured and supported, and engaged in activities that help them succeed in school and in life.

Each year children’s advocates gather in harmony to network, share information and updates on children’s issues, share what they know about the needs of Tennessee children with policymakers, and enjoy Nashville.





Andrew Jackson Building, Ninth Floor

502 Deaderick Street

Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0800







9:00 a.m.       Registration and Continental Breakfast Opens


10:00 a.m.     Welcome and Opening Remarks – Brenda Davis, Chair, TCCY


10:15 a.m.    Challenge to Participants – First Lady Crissy Haslam


10:25 a.m.    Southern Word


10:30 a.m.    Tennessee’s Opioid Crisis – Doug Overbey, U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Tennessee


10:50 a.m.    Advocacy 101 and Legislative Update – Linda O’Neal, Executive Director, TCCY


11:10 a.m.    John Seigenthaler Making KIDS COUNT Media Award – Dolly Parton, Accepted by David Dotson


11:15 a.m.    Luncheon/Advocacy Opportunities – Sponsored by the Tennessee Juvenile Court Services                         Association 

  • Connect with your TCCY Regional Coordinator
  • Visit Co-Sponsor Booths
  • Network with Other Children’s Advocates from Across the State

12:45 p.m.    RECONVENE


12:50 p.m.    Glencliff Culinary Art Student Recognition


12:55 p.m.    "Adverse Childhood Experiences and their Repressed Relationship to Adult Well-being, Disease, and Death: Turning gold into lead”

Dr. Vince Felitti, Clinical Professor of Medicine; Faculty of Department of Medicine, University of California, San Diego


1:55 p.m.       Blue Ribbon Task Force Panel Discussion –

  • Pam Lachman, Community Resources for Justice, Washington, D.C., Moderator
  • Stacy Miller, Assistant District Attorney, Nashville
  • Kathy Sinback, Administrator, Metro Nashville Juvenile Court
  • Dr. Altha Stewart, Director, Center for Justice Involved Youth, UT Health Science Center, Memphis


2:45 p.m.       BREAK


3:00 p.m.       Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Early Foundations Presentations –

   Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam


3:30 p.m.       Commissioners’ Panel – Moderated by Jude White, Executive Director, Governor’s Children’s                            Cabinet

  • Department of Children’s Services - Bonnie Hommrich, MSSW, Commissioner
  • Department of Education – Dr. Candice McQueen, Commissioner
  • Department of Health – Dr. John Dreyzehner, Commissioner
  • Department of Human Services - Danielle Barnes, JD, Commissioner
  • Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services - Marie Williams, LCSW, Commissioner
  • TennCare, Division of Health Care, Finance and Administration – Dr. Wendy Long, Deputy Commissioner


4:30 p.m.   Southern Word


4:40 p.m.   Closing Remarks


5:00 p.m.   NETWORKING RECEPTION – Sponsored by Camelot of Tennessee - War Memorial                    Auditorium



Open to all Children’s Advocacy Days Participants and members of the General Assembly





7:30 a.m.   Continental Breakfast and Networking – Sponsored by Omni Visions


8:00 a.m.   Reconvene and Opening Remarks – Brenda Davis, TCCY Chair


8:10 a.m.   “Childhood Stress and Poverty: The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on                              Health”

Dr. Roy Wade, Jr., Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


9:10 a.m.   Borderless Arts Tennessee Performance – Allie Hemmings, Soloist         


9:20 a.m.   Jim Pryor Child Advocacy Award – Recipient, Matt Timm, Ph.D., Nashville


John Seigenthaler Making KIDS COUNT Media Awards

  • Joan Garrett McClane, Chattanooga Times Free Press
  • Chris Bundgaard, WKRN-2, Nashville, Nexstar Media Group
  • Becky Magura, Brent Clark and Cindy Putnam, WCTE-22, Cookeville


9:40 a.m.   Break


10:00 a.m.GUBERNATORIAL FORUM – Rhori Johnston, Journalist and Co-Anchor of News                             Channel 5




  • Randy Boyd, Former Commissioner of Tennessee Economic and Community Development
  • Karl Dean, Former Mayor of Nashville
  • Craig Fitzhugh, Tennessee State House of Representatives Minority Leader
  • Beth Harwell, Speaker of the Tennessee State House of Representatives
  • Bill Lee, President and CEO of Lee Company in Nashville


11:10a.m.  Building Strong Brains Tennessee Update – Richard Kennedy, Associate Director, TCCY


11:40 a.m.  Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth; a Look Back and a Look Forward –                           Richard Kennedy, Associate Director, TCCY


12:00 p.m.   Adjourn and Advocacy Opportunities


  • Visits with Legislators and Networking with other Councils
  • House of Representatives Committees
  • Senate Committees


Children’s Advocacy Days 2018 is March 13-14 at War Memorial Building in Nashville.

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War Memorial Auditorium
301 6th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37243

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 10:00 AM - Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 12:00 PM (CDT)

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Tennessee Commission on Children & Youth

TCCY's Vision: All children in Tennessee are safe, healthy, educated, nurtured and supported, and engaged in activities that provide them with opportunities to achieve their fullest potential.

TCCY's Mission: The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth advocates to improve the quality of life for children and families and provides leadership and support for child advocates.

TCCY works with state agencies, juvenile courts, child advocacy groups, interested citizens and other organizations to improve services to children. The commission members, central office staff and regional coordinators are engaged in the following activities:

  • Improving the coordination of services for children;
  • Collecting and disseminating statistical and programmatic information;
  • Informing citizens and organizations about children’s issues;
  • Tracking legislation and making recommendations to the Governor and Legislature;
  • Administering the Federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act and state Court Appointed Special Advocate funds.

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