How to Become a Foster Parent in TN

in Divorce & Family Law Last updated May 10, 2018
Sometimes, the government, through the Department of Child Services (DCS), must take care of children who are in the middle of disputes. It could be a domestic case like a divorce or an accident or even more serious issue like crime victims. The children should stay safe and well attended to while in the custody of the state, but it is no place for a child to grow up. This is where the foster parents come in to help the children during these times. They are people chosen by the DCS to provide the care while the government works on the solution to their cases.

Prepare the Required Documents

To become a foster parent, you have to pass several requirements. The Department of Child Service will be taking a good look at your application. They will conduct a thorough background check and fingerprints following your application. This means a complete check on your employment history, credit score, and health check, and of course, your criminal records. Aside from providing five references and participating in a home study, you also must complete the PATH training.

What Is PATH Training?

PATH or Parents as Tender Healers is an intensive course to provide the prospective foster parents necessary information about what they are dealing with. The children brought into the care of a foster parent are going to come from various backgrounds and history. They carry their pain and trauma and have learned how to handle them in their own way, so this is something as a foster parent in TN that you will have to be open with on how each child is carried for. That is why a specific method to approach them is necessary. The Tennessee DCS is working with Harmony Family Center and New Vision on providing PATH training for prospective foster parents.

As you can see, it is relatively easy to become a foster parent in Tennessee, as they do not require you to be married. However, you need to have an ample room and time to provide for the foster child and give them the care like a loving parent would. It is not a rare to see that foster children end up being adopted by the foster family, but it is different for each case. Remember, the idea of foster parenting is to provide the child with enough love, care, and nurture so they can continue developing and growing despite the problems they have had in life.

To start your application for becoming a foster parent in TN, fill out this online form with the state of TN.


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