In most cases there is little to no expense to adopt a child from the state foster care system. Because of the great need, the state covers the costs associated with adopting for qualified parents.
The information we have posted on our site has been approved by the state as acceptable to share with the pubic. Additional information about a child will only be given to candidates who have been selected to potentially adopt a child.
When a child is removed from their home for whatever reason, the parents are given the opportunity to improve the situation and regain custody of their child. However, in some cases, when it becomes apparent that the parent is unable to provide a safe, secure home moving forward, the parent’s rights are terminated, and the state assumes custody of the child until adoptive parents can be located. Thus the child is eligible for adoption.
Before you are eligible to adopt, the state requires you to have an approved home study on file, complete the state approved foster training program and serve as a foster parent for a minimum of six months.Read a detailed explanation of the process.
As a part of protecting the identify of the children shown on our site, we ages and other personal details are rarely listed. All kids shown are under 18. If you inquire on a child and are selected as a potential candidate for adoption, the social worker in charge of the case will inform you of the child’s age, along with other details.
Yes. It is against federal law to prohibit parents from adopting a child from foster care of a different race or ethnicity. The only exception to this is the adoption of American Indian children where special considerations apply. As you work through the process with the State, the race, gender and type of child you will adopt will be a primary consideration.
A Foster Parent provides a temporary, safe, stable and loving home for a child(ren) and helps to facilitate their reunification with their birth parent(s) or family member when possible.
Adoptive Parents are someone providing a permanent safe, stable, and loving home for a child(ren) when it has been determined that they cannot be reunited with their birth parents or relatives.
From the time you begin the process it can take 8-12 months on average, depending on the circumstances. Although circumstances differ, the State works diligently to place all children as quickly as possible and to aid in a successful transition.
Children seeking adoption are no different than children with families; they only lack the love and support offered by caring, loving parents. Their ages range from birth to 18 although most are over 6 years old. About one-fifth of the children waiting to be adopted are teenagers, many of whom are part of sibling groups that include younger children.
The process of becoming a Resource Parent (which includes being a Foster and Adoptive Parent) is specifically designed to help you discover what is right for you and your family. The classes and family assessments are conducted by social workers that will work with you in determining the types of child(ren) you can best parent.
Your social worker will prepare, train, and support you through this process and provide you with any community resources that you might need. If you choose to adopt a child, post adoptive services are available to all adoptive families.
Applicants from different states will be considered for the adoption of a child, however, like any other qualification, it will be evaluated as whether to be in the best interest of a child. In some cases, children do not want to leave the state because of connections and personal ties they may have. It never hurts to ask though.
Yes. Every state has a foster care program with waiting and available children. Nationwide more than 500 kids age out of the foster care system without being adopted each year. Once you are a Tennessee approved foster home, you are eligible to express interest in adopting a child from either TN or another state’s foster care program.Learn more about waiting children nationwide
In Tennessee, there are more than 250 children and teens available for adoption. Adopting from the state is simple and often without cost. To get started, you must first become approved as a foster parent through the state-paid training and home study process (no cost to you).