We, the Church, have the opportunity to wrap around birth parents, foster families, waiting families, and adoptive families on their journey. By partnering with existing community resources, continuing education for families and leaders, and supporting our church and community by meeting the tangible needs this issue presents, we can all choose to say “Yes.”
“Yes” to permanence and belonging for children;
“Yes” to wrapping around these courageous kids and families;
“Yes” to fulfilling the very role God intended for the church.
We are not all called to foster or adopt, but we are all called to care about vulnerable children. Helping foster & adoptive children & families in our area is one way to show we care. Read below to learn more about becoming a foster family or available opportunities to serve our foster families.
1. Learn more about becoming a foster family
Attend a TN Key Training
TN Key Trainings are ran by the Tennessee Department of Child services and are for prospective foster parents. The first step in becoming a foster parent with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services is to participate in the TN KEY classes. These classes will prepare you to meet the needs of children with histories of abuse and neglect.
Attend a Next Steps Panel
Tennessee Kids Belong regularly hosts a virtual panel of foster & adoptive parents, former foster youth, and social workers as they answer your questions about what it looks like to be a foster parent in Tennessee.
2. Wrap Around a foster family
Laundry Support – Help the family by picking up their laundry, washing their clothes, folding, & returning it to their home.
Grocery Shopping & Running Errands – Give back some time to a family by helping with their grocery shopping and errands.
Lawn Care – Support the family by caring for their lawn.
Relief Care – Give families and parents relief by providing care for children to allow parents the opportunity for a date night or alone time. This opportunity will require additional training.
Serve at COTC Spring Hill Wrap Around Closet – Our Wrap Around closet accepts new and gently used clothing, toys, and more. This closet is available for foster families that are in need of extra items to care properly for their children. We need help with sorting of clothes and inventory.
3. current foster or adoptive families
Whether you’ve been around COTC for a while as a foster or adoptive family, or if you’re new to our community, we would love to get to know you. Please help by completing the form below. This will also allow us to share opportunities and gatherings at COTC designed to support and encourage foster and adoptive families.
TENNESSEE KIDS BELONG
This organization exists to empower and equip leaders in the government, business, faith-based, and creative sectors to end the crisis for kids in foster care. One of their signature programs is called the, “I Belong Project.” This project uses high quality photos and videos to give every child who that is legally-free for adoption a face and a voice. Since launching in 2016, they have created over 450 individualized videos. Click the button below to watch videos of children who are available for adoption and share with your community.