Adoption Awareness Month 2016

What is being a Foster and/or Adoptive Parent Really Like?

Forget what you think you know about being a foster parent or adoptive parent. 

Read these quotes submitted by Tennesseans who have adopted children who have been in foster care for a better glimpse of the reality. 

Adoption Awareness Month: Getting a Call


"You all asked if I would take care of her and love her and I've done that to the best of my ability. I'm willing to do it for a lifetime if that's what I need to do.’'

Taboada Family: Adoption Awareness Month


During Adoption Awareness Month 2016, DCS will publish stories by Tennesseans who have adopted children who have been in foster care. More than 300 children are in full guardianship of the state of Tennessee and  in need of a forever home. There also are nearly 8,000 children in foster care who need safe and loving people who can support them and their families heal and attain permanency.

Adoption Awareness Month 2016


Adoption Awareness Month 2016: Share your Adoption Stories.

Hello, CJ


Bryan and Shawn Roach were foster parents to a newborn baby girl in the summer of 2014 who was anonymously surrendered at a Nashville fire hall.

They expected to adopt her, mainly because it is mostly unheard of that biological parents return to claim babies who are surrendered in that manner. However, this child’s mother did return. And, she was within her legal right, under the Safe Haven Law, to do so.