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How to Make a Difference

Each year, more than 20,000 young people age out of foster care at 18 without an adoptive family, or an established permanent relationship. In Tennessee, an average of 1,000 young people age out of foster care each year — many without the typical family and community supports that influence security and success. The Department of […]

    What you need to know

    Thank you for your interest in becoming a Tennessee Resource Parent and possibly an adoptive parent. We hope this page will help answer preliminary questions you may have, based on the questions that frequently come to the Department of Children’s Services adoption and foster care staff. Before we proceed, what’s in your heart? Are you […]

      Meet Courtney

      This essay is by an East Tennessee teen-ager named Courtney, age 16, who felt strongly about writing her own story to assist DCS in discovering a future family for her. In my short life, that has given me a lot of experience, I have the ability to see and understand things that others might not. […]

        Trauma-Informed Care: More than a Mantra

        By Susan Broderick, JD McCourt School of Public Policy Georgetown University For the past several years, researchers and practitioners around the country have been promoting “trauma-informed” projects and policies. The emergence of the term seems to date back to the findings of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, published back in 1997. While the phrase […]