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Tennessee Kids Belong exists to equip the community to dramatically improve the experience and outcomes for children in foster care. During the month of November, which is National Adoption Month, we focus our attention on children and youth in foster care who are in need of a permanent place to belong through adoption.

One of our signature programs is the I Belong Project™, which uses high quality videography to give children in foster care a face and a voice. These videos serve as individual recruitment tools for children who are legally-free for adoption and are waiting for their forever family. 

Since launching the Tennessee chapter of the I Belong Project™ in June of 2016, together with The Department of Children’s Services, we have created individualized videos for over 650 Tennessee children who are legally free for adoption and waiting for their forever family. To date, more than 52% of those children are now in their forever home! 

WHY IS I BELONG PROJECT IMPORTANT?

In Tennessee, approximately 1,000 youth age out of foster care each year. Aging out leaves a teen without a place to BELONG. We're on a mission to ensure that all children in our state Belong By 18. Older youth who age out of foster care experience an increased risk for homelessness, young parenthood, low educational attainment, PTSD and other adverse adult outcomes. 

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HOW YOU CAN HELP!

FAITH COMMUNITIES

  • SHARE an I Belong Project video on social media and/or during service

  • TALK about adoption and risk factors for youth who age out of foster care

  • BECOME Trauma Aware 

Become a Faith Community that is Trauma Aware/Informed by training leaders, staff, and volunteers serving in children and youth ministries.

BUSINESSES

  • SHARE an I Belong Project video 

Reshare a video from the TN Kids Belong‘s social media with your online community.

Invite your employees to a lunch and bring awareness about foster care & adoption in your region 

Become a Business Impact Partner and offer Foster Families a discount on services and/or goods from your business. 

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FAITH COMMUNITY RESOURCES

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  • SHARE an I Belong Project video through social media and/or during your main service or gathering.

  • BECOME Trauma Aware/Informed by having Trauma Training as a part of the regular rhythm of serving in children and youth ministries

  • TALK about adoption and/or foster care; God’s heart for vulnerable children and families

BUSINESS RESOURCES

  • SHARE an I Belong Project video from the TN Kids Belong‘s social media with your online community.

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  • HOST a Lunch & Learn to bring awareness about foster care and adoption in your community.

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  • BECOME Foster Friendly by becoming a Business Impact Partner and offer foster families a discount on goods and/or services from your business.

FOLLOW & SHARE!

Use your social media accounts to make a difference! Follow along on TKB's Instagram and Facebook accounts during the month of November as we share one I Belong Project video each day. Share with your friends, and you could help a child in foster care find a family! It's easy!

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