community mediation center
912 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
There will come a time when you believe everything is
For one human being to love another: that is perhaps
"When I despair, I remember that all through history the way
When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful
"Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized
George Bernard Shaw
Doc Childre, A Parenting Manual: Heart Hope for the Family
E. F. Schumacher
The pressures of being a parent are equal to any pressure on earth. To be
a conscious parent, and really look to that little being's mental and
physical health, is a responsibility which most of us, including me, avoid
most of the time because it's too hard.
We are always too busy for our children; we never give them the time or
interest they deserve. We lavish gifts upon them; but the most precious
gift, our personal association, which means so much to them, we give
Be aware of self-esteem programs, they can be seductive but offer short-
term rewards. Self-esteem is caught not taught. A person must be around
people who value them. In working with the child, the educator may have to
pulverize concepts that the family has built over several years.
We are willing to spend the least amount of money to keep a kid at home,
more to put him in a foster home and the most to institutionalize him.
Mary Frances Berry
Train the parent and spare the child.
Modern cynics and skeptics … see no harm in paying those to whom they
entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to
whom they entrust the care of their plumbing.
If we force children to submit and attempt to control them we must accept
that as they grow older and stronger we will face the violence we nurtured
in them knowing indeed, we have taught them well.
Where parents do too much for their children, the children will not do
too much for themselves.
More Juvenile links
Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth
Tennessee Department of Children Services
Tennessee DCS Child Protective Services
Tennessee Department of Human Services
Tennessee DHS Child Support - Income Shares
Tennessee Department of Mental Health
American Bar Association - Juvenile Justice
Child Welfare League of America
National CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates
National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
NCJFCJ - National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Juvenile Law Center
LexisNexis - Legal Site (Access to view Tennessee Laws)
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) good links on a variety of children's issues, including mental illness and disability.
Community Mediation Center