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Foster Care

Why Do You Foster?


We asked Tennessee Foster Parents why they became foster parents. Here is what some of them said.

Foster a Teen

Multiethnic Group of Teenagers Outdoor

Many inquiries to the Department of Children’s Services are from citizens who would like to become foster or adoptive parents to babies or young children. But, teen-agers, ages 13 to 19, make up 43% of the caseload and child welfare agencies – public and private – are in need to families willing to work specifically with teen-agers.

Celebration of Excellence 2016


Tennessee DCS Davidson County Celebration of Excellence for 2016 graduates

Foster Parenting: Loving and Letting Go


Seven years ago, a toddler Julie and Shawn Burdge cared for as foster parents was reunified with her mother.

It was, Julie Burdge says, one of lowest days of her life.

But today, “this little girl knows she has two mothers who love her and I give her mother a huge amount of credit for understanding it is OK for two women to love her child.”