Children with Higher Needs


Some children in foster care need not just the safety and nurturing provided in a safe home, but also additional support and services such as counseling and intervention services to address unique medical or mental health needs.

So what does that mean?

The child in your home may, among other things:

  • have a medical condition
  • need counseling
  • have an intellectual disability

So, who are you?

You are the parent who has, perhaps, a little bit extra to give or knows your compassion is very much needed.

Foster parents in Tennessee who have a heart for children and youth with a higher level of needs work through DCS licensed contract agencies who offer specialized support.

Learn More

Please visit the Tennessee Alliance for Children and Families for a statewide list of licensed agencies that train and support foster parents. You can contact them directly to learn more about becoming a foster parent.

The agencies also recruit volunteers and mentors.