MISSION: To make children’s problems and needs the subject of intense thought, debate, and action by all policy and decision makers. To advocate for public policies and budget decisions which improve the quality of life for Tennessee’s vulnerable children and their families.
BCI was created as the only statewide African American child advocacy organization in the United States. The organization serves as an advocate for children of color, and for children who are poor and vulnerable.
BCI advises and consults with the legislature, public and private youth serving agencies, engages in public information/ awareness activities, developing and assessing programs and program standards for children and monitoring for compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations that impact the lives of children.
Goal: To provide leadership, technical assistance, information and direct advocacy support to governmental agencies, community based organizations, parents and individuals on issues that support and improve the quality of life for Tennessee’s vulnerable children and their families.
Objective: To reduce the disproportionate number of children of color, poor and vulnerable children in the juvenile justice system, in foster care or out of home placement and those that fall between the cracks of our educational, employment, health and mental health system.