The FOCUS Program receives Adoption Excellence AwardThis year the FOCUS program is a recipient of the Adoption Excellence Award given by the U.S. Childrenís Bureau. This is a national award that recognizes programs that have made the biggest difference in the world of adoption. The FOCUS team has worked tirelessly to find children in full guardianship and the foster care system a forever family. These are kids whose world is one of loneliness, disconnect, betrayal, transience, and broken promises. Due to their length of time in custody, history of multiple home or residential placements, and their emotional and behavioral needs these children face great challenges. FOCUS works to build a team of support around each of these kids and pushes toward innovative solutions to find them permanency. Itís an honor to have been a part of finding permanency for hundreds if not thousands of kids over the past 5 years.
Tennessee's Children . . .
The sad fact is, there are children in Tennessee who are unable to live with their biological families. Often this is for just a short period of time, sometimes it is forever. These children need and deserve a family who is able to provide a comfortable, stable and healthy home. We are looking for individuals and families who are able to provide just what our kids need, a safe and nurturing home.
Resource Parenting, formerly known as Foster Parenting, is a service that provides the biological family and the child a time to heal and work through issues while the child is required to be in an out-of-home placement. Tennessee believes that the Resource Parent's home is more than just a temporary home, you are making a commitment to the well-being of the youth and his/her family.
Whenever possible, returning to their biological family or relatives is the priority for our children. However there are times when that is not a safe and appropriate option. Our hope is the Resource Parent is able to provide a permanent home. Children experience so many traumas when they are removed from their families and our goal is to provide as much stability as possible as they transition into permanency.
We ask our Resource Parents to open their homes and their hearts to our children and teenagers. Please look at this site and ask yourself, What if you became a Resource Parent?