In Tennessee, a parent carries a legal obligation to care for a child. If this duty is not met, then a Dependency and Neglect Petition may be filed. Some common grounds for the petition are parental drug abuse, physical/sexual abuse, or failure to provide for the child’s basic needs. Depending on the grounds, the child may be removed from the home and placed with a suitable relative or family friend. If a suitable relative or family friend cannot be found, the child may be placed into foster care.
The parent may be asked to complete specific tasks such as parenting classes, counseling, or alcohol or drug treatment.