Adoption/Foster Care Services
AdoptUSKids is a project of the US Children’s Bureau that provides tools and technical assistance to help child welfare systems connect children in foster care with families
Since 1944, Bethany Christian Services has been reaching out to vulnerable children. As a worldwide and community leader in adoption and family services, we know that a child’s best chance to thrive is as part of a safe, loving, forever family. We serve individuals and families throughout the Knoxville, Tri-Cities, and surrounding East Tennessee counties. If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, seeking temporary respite for children through our Safe Families for Children program, or if you are looking to grow your family through adoption, we are here in East Tennessee to partner with you along your journey.
In 1999, the Childhelp Foster Family Agency of East Tennessee opened its doors to fulfill its role in creating healthy, loving family relationships between children and families. Actively recruiting, certifying and training foster families in Eastern Tennessee, Childhelp provides the following services, foster family certification, case management, free, ongoing foster family training, crisis intervention and respite services.
Crittenton Foster Care provides extensive support to the children and the foster families that we serve to ensure they are emotionally, physically, socially, and mentally maturing and stabilizing.
_The Advocacy Program was established in 1997 by the board of the Tennessee Foster Adoptive Care Association after the Foster Parent Bill of Rights law was passed into law. Advocates are available to provide needed support, guidance, and representation to Foster Parents. Every DCS and Private Agency Foster Parent has the right to Advocate support and representation. There is at least one Advocate located in each of the 12 DCS Grand Regions throughout the state. Advocates steadfastly work to protect and support the rights of Foster Parents while also being vigilant in promoting the safety and well-being of children as paramount above anything else.
So many children need a home for life. So many people want a child to love. Bringing the two together is a work of joy., Harmony Family Center staff are here to help answer themany questions related to adoption. From beginning the adoption process, to learning the types of adoptions that are available, learning what to expect along the way, or any of the other thousands of questions that are Ð to come up, Harmony Staff are available to help find the answers for each unique situation. As Tennessee’s premier adoption agency, Harmony Family Center provides services for families seeking domestic adoption, international adoption or adopting through foster care.
Holston United Methodist Home for Children’s Foster Care program works to find homes for children to have a place where they can work on their personal and family struggles while having a feeling of belonging.
Every child has a right to be a member of a healthy and supportive family. Children served by Omni Visions are in state custody due to abuse, neglect, unruly or delinquent behaviors, extensive medical issues or significant behavioral and emotional needs. Omni’s primary focus is to support the family in overcoming barriers that prohibit both the child’s development and the ongoing operation of a positive system. Counseling and intervention services are based on an understanding of how each family functions, recognizing that each is unique and may require the services of different professional and para-professionals.
Foster care is meant to be a temporary service until the family and in some cases, the child, can address the problems that made placement necessary. But, when parents cannot, or will not, make their home safe for the child’s return, other permanent options are sought. The Department of Children’s Services is intentional in seeking dedicated foster parents to care for children in our custody. Through regional recruitment planning and state-wide events we engage potential foster parents.
The Heart Gallery of Tennessee is a group of volunteer workers and photographers committed to drawing attention to the children and teens in the Tennessee foster care system who are available for adoption. These are kids seeking a forever family to love and support them. We showcase the children using our online gallery and exhibits throughout the community.
The Helen Ross McNabb Center’s Therapeutic Foster Care and Adoption Program serves children and teens who are in state’s custody due to abuse or neglect and who have behavioral or emotional problems. These children need a more specialized type of care than what they can find in regular foster homes. The purpose of therapeutic foster care is to re-educate and re-socialize each child so that he or she may go on to live successfully within the community. Therapeutic Foster Parents help these special children to meet specified goals in the process with help of a network of support.
The Tennessee Foster and Adoptive Care Association (TFACA) is a nonprofit organization that functions as an advocacy support group for resource parents throughout the state of Tennessee. We encourage and motivate foster and adoptive parents, as well as any other interested member of the community, to work together to promote the general welfare of foster children. We assist in communications between foster and adoptive parents and others concerned with the growth and development of foster children. First and foremost, we are spokespersons for foster and adoptive parents and the children under their care and custody.
Transfiguring Adoption develops media, resources, and tools that nurture growth in foster and adoptive families.
Youth Villages is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. We help more than 22,000 children and families each year from more than 20 states and Washington, D.C. Our Evidentiary Family Restoration¨ approach involves intensive work with the child and family, a focus on measuring outcomes, keeping children in the community whenever safely possible, and providing accountability to families and funders. The EFR approach produces lasting success for children with success rates twice that of traditional services at one-third the cost of traditional care.