Tennessee Department of Children’s Services
Division of Training and Development
Completed applications must be responded to within seven(7) days.
Home studies must be completed within 60 days of completing training
(including providing all documentation) unless applicant defaults or refuses to
PATH Training must be offered on a regular schedule with one group beginning
each month in each region.
Relative foster parents must be given every support that non-relative foster
parents receive-including all financial assistance.
Assistance, to include specialized training and board rates, must be provided to
parents caring for special needs and medically fragile children.
Exit interviews must be completed and documented in the foster home record for
all families who request home closure or whom DCS closes.
Information regarding adoption subsidy must be provided to all potential
adoptive families, including foster families.
With the exception of expedited approvals for relatives or other significant to a
specific child, no family may receive placement without completing PATH.
Each foster family must meet annual in-service training requirements.
All contact agencies providing foster care and adoption services are held to these
same standards regarding recruitment, training, and retention.
Placement Resource Development
In regard to recruitment, training, and retention of foster and
adoptive families, DCS has certain responsibilities: