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Tennessee KEY Training Calendars

if you would like to become a traditional foster parent (i.e., you do not have a prior relationship with the children you intend to foster in your home), you must attend an Informational Meeting prior to joining a Tennessee KEY group.

Kinship parents are not required to attend the Informational Meeting. Kinship parents have the option to attend the traditional Tennessee KEY groups, or may instead attend condensed training to more quickly facilitate approval and learn tools to assist with children who may already be placed in the home. Contact your regional kinship coordinator for information about condensed offerings.

Traditional (non-kinship) participants may miss no more than one session with their original group, which must be made up before a completion certificate will be given. Missed sessions can be made up with another group or individually with the trainer.

Kinship parents completing traditional training may attend classes with multiple groups in order to facilitate timely certification.

if you have attended an Informational Meeting within the past 180 days, or if you are a kinship parent, click the Tennessee KEY Calendars tab above to find an upcoming group in your area.

If you are applying to become a traditional foster parent and have not attended an Informational Meeting within the past 180 days, click here to find upcoming meetings in your area.

Click here to view the DCS regional map. 

Due to current social distancing protocols in response to COVID-19, TN KEY is currently being offered via virtual classroom training. Click the button below to see the schedule and register for a group.

Region and Counties
Nashville and surrounding area
Anderson, Campbell, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Union
Knoxville and surrounding area
Cheatham, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson, Wilson
Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicio, Washington
Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Dickson, Dyer, Gibson, Henry, Houston, Humphreys, Lake, Obion, Stewart, Weakley
Memphis and surrounding area
Smoky Mountain
Blount, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Sevier
South Central
Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Giles, Grundy, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Moore, Perry, Wayne
Chester, Decatur, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Lauderdale, Madison, McNairy, Tipton
Tennessee Valley
Bledsoe, Bradley, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Polk, Rhea, Sequatchie
Upper Cumberland
Cannon, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, Van Buren, Warren, White