All Parents and Caregivers

Adoptive parents

Foster parents

Kinship/ Relative caregiver parents

  • 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.




 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

  • Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World is a step-by-step process for people who live in poverty, giving individuals the opportunity to investigate their lives on their own terms. During sixteen 2-hour sessions, Getting Ahead participants, known as Investigators, discover why they are in their situation, develop a plan to get themselves to a more stable life, and begin to build relationships that will help ensure sustainability as they go.

  • Free parenting classes through Knox Co Community Action Committee (CAC)
  • Safe Families for Children-“provides temporary hosting for children whose families are experiencing a temporary crisis.”

  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • Helen Ross McNabb Center provides a continuum of care for adults battling substance abuse and chemical dependency disorders.
  • Serenity Women’s Center– Serves women with addiction with a high risk pregnancy or trauma
  • YWCA Knoxville– eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
  • Smart Steps Child Care Payment Assistance – child care payment assistance while you work or attend school


  • KAFCAM does not necessarily endorse any of the above resources. In addition, this website content is not intended to constitute, nor does it represent legal or tax advice of any kind. For questions about any of the above listed resources, please contact us at