While the government has legal custody of children in foster care, people of faith
are charged with caring for vulnerable children
There are over 11,000 faith communities in Tennessee and nearly 8,000 kids in foster care. Over 350 are waiting for adoptive families.
People of faith want to "show up". There are dozens of ways to show up for children in the foster care system and the families and workers who care for them.
Are you interested in getting your faith community involved with supporting foster families? We'd love to help you get started!
"Tennessee Kids Belong was an important part of helping the adoption and foster care ministry at our church become a reality. Our pastors and members of our church have attended their faith leaders meetings, which have been helpful in giving us a better understanding of foster care both at the state and local level, and how we can serve those in our church who are walking this road..."
Cornerstone Church of Knoxville,
The Village - Adoption & Foster Care Ministry lay leader
“It is incredibly encouraging to know there is an organization standing with us, shoulder to shoulder, saying “We see you. We love you. How can we encourage you as you minister to foster and adoptive families in your community?..."
Orphan Care Leader
(Smoky Mountain Region)
"We have been excited to launch WRAP Around Teams to support families fostering and adopting & TN Kids Belong staff have gone above and beyond to provide guidance. The resources they have already created and allow us to use are phenomenal and help make it possible for us to move forward with this wonderful opportunity to serve."
– Mary-Claire Bryan –
Christ Presbyterian Church,
Connect and Serve Coordinator
"Our church launched a foster care and adoption ministry and this happened because of the invaluable help of TN Kids Belong. I went from honestly not knowing where to start to being fully confident in knowing how to move toward supporting the foster care community. I can't wait to see how God moves the heart of our church toward loving and caring for the vulnerable, all because of the support of TN Kids Belong!"
- Ryan McBride-
(TN Valley Region)
“TN Kids Belong has been incredibly helpful in our church's journey to better support foster families. As a church, we knew we wanted to start supporting foster families better but didn't really know where to begin. TN Kids Belong helped us understand the importance of having good support networks in place before just recruiting new families.
They taught us about the value of WRAP teams and how to begin them...If you're a church looking to engage with foster care, don't do it alone - do it with TN Kids Belong!”
Cross Point Church,
Local Goods Director
"“As a pastor, I want to see a culture of adoption and foster care flourishing in my church. It’s central to doing justly and loving mercy. But we don’t shame people into responding to these needs. We encourage and resource ongoing. TKB does both graciously well. Mine and other families in our church would not be involved in foster care now without God introducing us to TKB when He did.”
- -Dr. Cole Huffman-
First Evangelical Church