Foster Parent Training

    Foster Parent Mentorship

    The Foster Parent Mentorship Program is a group of seasoned foster parents trained to provide support, guidance, and education to newly approved foster parents (traditional and kin/relative) or experienced foster parents who may need additional support. The two main goals of this statewide program are to bring awareness of the community resources to better equip foster parents across Tennessee. The second of these goals is to increase foster parent retention by encouraging a higher level of involvement in local foster parent.  The Mentorship Program believes the best foster parents can be found from within the ranks of foster parents who have been through similar experiences in caring for children within foster care.

    If you are interested in participating as a mentee in the foster parent mentorship program, complete this form.

    New Right Time Videos Added

    We are excited to announce the addition of 10 new Right Time videos to our online training catalog.

    Each of these trainings can be completed for one hour of training credit, which will meet the trauma informed training requirement as well as the therapeutic training requirement for therapeutic foster homes. The new titles include:

    -Accessing Services and Supports
    -Building Parental Resilience
    -Family Dynamics
    -Life Story: Birth and Adoption Story
    -Managing Placement Transitions
    -Preparing for Adulthood
    -Preparing for and Managing Visitation
    -Responding to Children in Crisis
    -Sensory Integration
    -Sexual Trauma

    Click here to access the new trainings. Complete the form for each video watched to receive credit. Please submit a separate form for each person.


    The Office of Training and Professional Development offers learning opportunities to assist current adoptive, foster, and kinship parents in support their efforts to provide a safe, nurturing, loving environment for the children in their care.

    We also provide pre-approval training for prospective foster parents, in partnership with Harmony Family Center and New Vision, Inc.

    Do you want to be a Foster Parent?

    If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please visit Tennessee Fosters for more details. Potential foster parents are required to complete pre-approval training. Learn more about training requirements and view upcoming training groups.

    Current Foster Parents

    If you are already a DCS Foster Parent, please see below for information and helpful training links just for you.