adoption awareness month

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 and Heart Gallery of Tennessee, we have created individualized videos for over 550 Tennessee children who are legally free for adoption and waiting for their forever family. To date, more than 55% 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!

BUSINESSES

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  • SHARE an I Belong Project video through social media, newsletter or company email

  • IMPACT a young adult aging out of foster care by providing on-the-job training

  • DONATE to complete a child's I Belong Project video and recruitment assistance ($1000)

FAITH COMMUNITIES

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

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

  • DONATE to complete a child's I Belong Project video and recruitment assistance ($1000)

CREATIVES

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  • Use your platform to TALK about adoption & risk factors for youth who age out of foster care

  • SHARE an I Belong Project video with your followers on social media

  • DONATE to complete a child's I Belong Project video and recruitment assistance ($1000)

GOVERNMENT & PRIVATE PROVIDERS

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

  • SHARE an I Belong Project video with your followers on social media

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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"...I was about to close my computer when I came across Denise’s profile.  I pressed play on her video.  The connection and pull to her was instant.  I have only felt that 2 or 3 other times in my life.  That immediate ‘knowing’.  Do you know what it is like when you meet someone and they instantly feel like family?  That is what it was with Denise.  It was the little things: the way she scrunched her face when she was thinking; her long wavy hair that reminded me of my youngest sister; her thoughtful answers to the questions.  Her heart for others shined through.

My heart could not bear the thought of her aging out without a family. 

I wanted to hold her and hug her and take her into our circle.

The wheels in my head began to turn as I realized we had an extra bedroom, we were financially okay even with both of us not working, and that my chronic illnesses were manageable for a teenager.

My husband was sitting on the couch next to me.  I didn’t tell him what I was thinking, I just showed him the video and let him read her profile, expecting him to come up with reasons why we can’t.  His reaction surprised me when he said 'okay, let’s do it'."

- Michelle, Foster / Adoptive Mother

SOCIAL MEDIa & NEWSLETTER GRAPHICS

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Stay tuned....more graphics to come!