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Family Beginnings ‘Beyond the Traditional’: Michael McSurdy – ‘Adopting a 27-year-old man’

1997, working at the College of Social Work at UT. Michael met Michael a really neat, smart 16 year old kid who just wanted to finish high school and go be an adult. Michael brought Michael home and helped him with this goal. This is the story of how over the next 10 years a kid who didn’t want a family got one.

On The Circuit: Fast Times at FCS High

An 80’s Prom to Celebrate FCS and Their 80th Birthday

Family and Children’s Services (FCS) knows how to embrace a theme — this organization celebrated its 80th birthday with an aptly themed ‘80s Prom. The Honey Alexander Center was transformed into the prom venue of high school dreams, every surface graced with shiny fabrics and neon lights. Strong-shouldered blazers, big hair, blue eyeshadow, dancing shoes and worn-at-night sunglasses filled the room as ‘80s cover band Rubiks Groove kicked off the dance floor with none other than Prince’s “1999” — ironically released in 1982.

TennCare begins renewal process to return to pre-pandemic enrollment

First terminations set to begin in early May during 12-month unwinding process

TennCare renewal packets are hitting mailboxes for the first time in nearly three years. The state insurance provider kicked off its 12-month unwinding process on April 1.

Sanders to Receive Sage Awards

NASHVILLE, TN — Longtime community advocates Rev. Edwin and Attorney D. Billye Sanders have been named recepients of the 31st annual Sage Awards, presented by AgeWell Middle Tennessee, a trusted nonprofit resource and champion for older adults and family caregivers.

It’s okay to not feel okay. Mental health resources are available to you right now.

We know people are still hurting over what happened at The Covenant School on April 27, 2023. We are too. Tennessee Voices for Victims is offering resource suggestions that could help you deal with disruptive thoughts.

Confusion, clerical errors impede TennCare renewal

State insurance nears halfway mark of yearlong post-COVID unwinding

More than 147,000 Tennesseans have lost TennCare coverage since April, as the state insurance provider nears the halfway point of a year-long unwinding process.

Stories to Watch 2023: TennCare Coverage

More than 350,000 Tennesseans are expected to lose coverage in the first post-pandemic renewal process

In April, for the first time in three years, all of TennCare’s 1.7 million members will be required to renew their enrollment in the program.

‘Obamacare’ enrollment spikes as TennCare unwinding continues

Insurance navigators credit improved outreach, lower prices for increased interest

A record 20.4 million people enrolled in Affordable Care Act health insurance this year, and Tennessee saw one of the biggest increases — a 49.8 percent jump in members compared to last year’s open enrollment period.

As of Jan. 10, 521,341 people had enrolled in Affordable Care Act (often called Obamacare) coverage in Tennessee, up from 348,097 in the 2022-2023 open enrollment period. Just three states saw more growth than Tennessee: West Virginia at 63.4 percent; Louisiana at 62.7 percent; and Ohio at 51.9 percent.

‘I see you, and I hear you,’ and it is time for me to speak out for my friends | Opinion

Silence is the White privilege my friends cannot afford me to exercise.

“I can’t breathe.” I can’t imagine.

I recently met with a shaken and scared staff at Family & Children’s Service. We are a diverse agency, and this was a diverse group. Following the recent killing of George Floyd and all the other incidents of abuse, discrimination, profiling and terror, my staff was shaken.

F&CS President Michael McSurdy pens op-ed for Tennessean on Adoption

As an adoptive father, I celebrate parents who create redefined family relationships

I invite all of us not only to embrace adoption as a means of building families but also to realize that children and those who parent them come together in many ways.