For Parents and Caregivers

  • Recommended Reading
  • Matthew 19:14 Ministries– help supply foster families with  items needed to take care of children in foster care. Items  range from car seats, cribs and beds, swings, bouncers, exersaucers, pack and plays, toys, clothing, etc.
  • Adoption Support and Preservation (ASAP) Program through Harmony Family Center for post adoptive families
  • FUSE (Families*United*Supported*Engaged) support groups through Harmony Family Center for pre or post adoptive families
  • Equine Assisted Psychotherapy- Shining Light Equestrian
  • Sexual Health and Adolescent Risk Prevention classes through Harmony Family Center
  • Square One Program through Florence Crittenton agency- intensive outpatient program is a ground-breaking substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation program for adolescents.
  • Post Adoption Support thru Bethany Christian Services
  • Transracial Parenting in Foster Care and Adoption
  • Dollywood Passes For Foster Children- Put in a request with your Family Service Worker (FSW). You will need to tell them a date, usually 2 or more weeks out. Once in the park you can upgrade this for a season pass.
  • “Skate For Our Future” program– helps foster children achieve success in personal, academic, and career goals through the sport of ice skating.
  • Relative Caregiver Program-Children and relative caregivers enrolled in the state program can receive supportive services such as information and referral, access to support groups, respite care and family advocacy assistance.  DCS does not have oversight and the care-giver family does not receive a monthly stipend through the program.
  • Individual and Family Preservation Services thru Covenant Counseling and Consultation Services 
  • Regional Intervention Program  (RIP) thru Helen Ross McNabb. RIP is a 15-30 week behavior modification program for children ages 2-5. The program is designed to simultaneously decrease the child’s unwanted behaviors while strengthening social skills and empowering parents to set developmentally appropriate limits and consequences for their child.
  • Comprehensive Child and Family Treatment thru Helen Ross McNabb. The Comprehensive Child and Family Treatment (CCFT) program is a high-intensity, time-limited service designed to: provide stabilization; deter the “imminent” risk of state custody for the child; and assist the child in State Custody to maintain his/her status in the current placement and the least restrictive level of care. Normally, the member is seen several times a week and services and supports are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This includes availability of crisis respite services, and crisis response services. The primary goal of CCFT is to reach an appropriate point of stabilization so the member can be transitioned to Continuous Treatment Team or other clinically appropriate services. CCFT services are more treatment oriented and situation specific. They focus primarily on short-term stabilization goals with the intent to transferring the child/adolescent to services that will provide long-term stability for the child/adolescent and family.
  • Therapeutic Preschool thru Helen Ross McNabb. Therapeutic Preschool is a 10-week intensive outpatient program for children ages 4-6 who have experienced a traumatic event, such as abuse or neglect. These children have special emotional requirements that many child care or school facilities are not equipped to accommodate. The program provides cognitive and developmental stimulation, as well as a positive, structured environment with individualized expectations to help build resiliency and coping skills.The preschool also provides care coordination and therapy services for children, ages 2-8.
  • Built 2 Bond Attachment Institute–  “counseling to promote faith, restore hope, and foster love”
  • TN National Guard Volunteer Challenge Academy-The mission is to intervene in and reclaim the lives of at-risk youth and produce program graduates with the values, life skills, education, and self-discipline necessary to succeed as productive citizens of Tennessee.
  • Knox County Health Department
  • Children, Youth, and Family Services thru Helen Ross McNabb
  • East Tn Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation Center– PT/OT/ Speech therapy/ physiatry
  • Coming Home Letter for Family & Friends
  • “Insights and Gifts” Video series and discussion guide: This 16-video series offers insights and gifts that are highly relevant for those who are adopting or fostering children from hard places.
  • Transfiguring Adoption blog  helps to spark healthy conversations in foster and adoptive families primarily through the use of literature, music, and movies.

For Churches

  • Orphan Sunday: an opportunity to invite the church and your community to respond to God’s call to care for the orphan. On this Sunday Christians will stand for the orphan through hundreds of events across America and beyond, all sharing a single goal: that God’s great love for the orphan will echo in our lives as well. Through sermons and small groups, concerts and prayer gatherings — each event will focus on rousing believers with God’s call to care for the orphan…and what we can do in response.
  • Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO): Member churches of CAFO desire to see the Body of Christ increasingly rise to care for orphans in their distress. Many have extensive adoption, foster and/or global orphan initiatives. Others are just beginning. All hold convictions consistent with the Alliance statement of faith. And all stand ready to give and receive mutual support in growing communities committed to the Gospel and the orphan.
  • “Empowered to Connect” Parent Training for you or how you might become trained to teach the training to parents in your local church and community.
  • “Three principles to consider and common pitfalls to avoid when launching and leading an orphan care ministry in your church”

For Teachers

For Health Care Providers

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) “ACEs are adverse childhood experiences that harm children’s developing brains so profoundly that the effects show up decades later; they cause much of chronic disease, most mental illness, and are at the root of most violence”


First Family Preservation

Safe Families for Children-“provides temporary hosting for children whose families are experiencing a temporary crisis.”

Susannah’s House – “a faith-based organization sponsored by Cokesbury United Methodist Church, that exists to serve the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of mothers and their prenatally exposed infants.”

Hands of Hope– “comprehensive one-on-one mentoring program developed by Metro Drug Coalition (MDC) for first-time mothers (mentees) in addiction treatment and/or recovery. The mentees will be matched with other mothers, (mentors) who are stable in their recovery journey, to help them navigate the challenges of maintaining sobriety while parenting a Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) baby.”

The Helen Ross McNabb Center provides a continuum of care for adults battling substance abuse and chemical dependency disorders.


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