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  • Training for Potential Foster Parents

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  • Parent Partnerships: Mentoring Birth Parents

    Completion required by June 30, 2021

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  • Fall 2021 Conference

    Coming November 4-6, 2021!

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    Foster Parent Training

    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. 


    Harmony at Home

    In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, our partner Harmony Family Center has created a resources page to support families and children during this time.  Visit this page for activities, support, and additional information.

    Time to Come Off the Porch by Dr. Kimberley Hundley

    New Book Available

    Time to Come Off the Porch: Journey of Healing from the Wounds of Kinship Care in the Black Family explores the relational problems experienced by African-American women reared in the system of "kinship care." This book outlines the history of the Black family, describes attachment issues and familial struggles in kinship care, shares future hopes for the kinship care system, offers support to those from similar situations, while providing apersonal glimpse into my life as I wrestled with my "enoughness." The Black family has a strong foundation rooted in the tradition of preservation. Minimal conversation has been had regarding the psychological issues developed by children in kinship care situations. Not much information exists outlining how children raised in kinship care family's feel about their experience. This book seeks to fill in some of the missing information.

    This book can be purchased from major online retailers or may be available to borrow from your local library. Check Hoopla or Libby for lending availablity.

    Foster parents in the third year of approval and later can receive 2 hours of training credit by reading the book and completing the elective training credit form.