Tennessee Kids Belong is helping lead TN Fosters Hope, a statewide collaborative campaign engaging state agencies, community organizations, the business community, and churches to elevate high quality care and opportunities for children and families impacted by foster care and adoption.
Launched in March 2021, goals include:
Establishing a network of churches statewide to support the foster and adoptive needs of their communities.
Recruiting and certifying families who can care for foster children with increased needs.
Building pathways for full DCS custody children to find permanent adoption.
Collaborating with the Business community to become the most "Foster Friendly" state in America!
"When we join forces with the faith community and trusted partners like Tennessee Kids Belong...we can help Tennessee children find permanent, loving homes." - TN Governor Bill Lee
Successful previous Governor's Initiative
with Gov. Bill Haslam
Tennessee Kids Belong was the spearheading partner to launch TNFOSTERS, the government initiative around foster care in 2016. Working alongside Department of Children's Services staff, community partners and private providers, DCS was able to SURPASS the foster family recruitment and placement goals set for 2017-2020. Former First Lady, Crissy Haslam, now serves on the board of Tennessee Kids Belong.
“State Government is great at fixing things like potholes, but we can’t fix hearts. That’s where we need the community to step in and care for these vulnerable children.”
– Former TN Governor, Bill Haslam