Helpful quick reference links.

Foster Care in Tennessee

DCS Foster Care informational web pages.

DCS Foster Parent Training

Children Waiting for Forever Families

Heart Gallery of Tennessee: Videos, photos and interviews with children and youth in foster care who are available for adoption in Tennessee. 

AdoptUSKids: A national gallery of photos and interviews with children in Tennessee and across the country who are available for adoption.

Tennessee Kids Belong: Videos and interviews of children and youth who are available for adoption in Tennessee. 

Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences

Chronic childhood trauma, or what experts call adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), can disrupt a child's brain-building process. Like building a house in a storm or with below-grade materials and tools, ACEs are toxic to brain development and can compromise the brain’s structural integrity. Left unaddressed, ACEs and their effects make it more difficult for a child to succeed in school, live a healthy life and contribute to the state’s future prosperity — our communities, our workforce, and our civic life.

Please visit the Tennessee ACEs Initiatives page to learn more and discover links to resources and further reading.

TNFosters ​Advocates & Partners

Tennessee Alliance for Children and Families is a group of private service providers in Tennessee who provide services for abused, neglected, delinquent and troubled children. 

America's Kids Belong is a national organization that mobilizes government, faith-based, business and creative leaders to help create permanency and belonging for every child.