"We have the opportunity to pour into them what they were created to be; and pullout the treasure that they cannot yet see."
- Momma Moon,
One Special Egg: The Journey of Destiny And A Forever Family
What is Therapeutic Foster Care?
We specialize in caring for children and teens who have experienced extraordinary loss and trauma early in life and are in need of unconditional love. Our foster parents provide the stable, compassionate and committed care that makes all the difference.
All of our team members receive extra training and 24/7 support. All foster parents participate in pre-service and annual training, but our foster parents and staff receive additional training to better prepare them to understand and support the children and youth we serve.
Our foster parents are key members of our team and are involved in decisions every step of the way. In fact, our agency's founder was involved in drafting and approving Tennessee's Foster Parent Bill of Rights. We hold our foster parents in the highest regard and treat them like the esteemed team members they are. We believe that foster parents deserve all of our respect and support.
We believe in second chances. Many of the children and youth we serve have failed to succeed in other environments. When a child comes to Therapeutic Interventions, this signifies a deep and lasting commitment of the agency and the foster family to that child's success. We know what it takes for children to heal and thrive and our foster parents provide the structured and supportive environments that promote stabilization and recovery from trauma.
We understand crisis as a primary opportunity for positive change. We aren't afraid of a crisis. We believe that there can be a gift at the heart of every difficult period. Crises are turning points, offering a chance to deepen relationships, to reflect, to make a fresh start and to heal.
Could I Be a Foster Parent?
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the minimum age to become a foster parent?
Because we focus on providing therapeutic care, our foster parents must be at least 25 years old.
Can LGBTQ people be foster parents?
Yes! We affirm all children and all families. If you are willing to open your heart and home, we want to hear from you!
Do I have to be married to become a foster parent?
Foster parents can be single, married or divorced.
What type of children would I care for?
We work with children from birth to age 18 who are in state custody due to abuse, neglect or unruly/delinquent behavior. We work with individual children as well as sibling groups and teen parents and their children. Most of our children need a temporary home until their families are able to regain custody, but we also provide adoption services for children and teens who need a forever home.
No. You are part of a team and you participate in deciding which children you can care for best.
Do I have to take all children referred to me?
Is there a cost to becoming a foster parent?
No. There is no charge to become a foster parent. As a foster parent, your out of pocket expenses are minimal and most are reimbursed.
Do I have to make a lot of money to be a foster parent?
No. As long as you can sustain your current family without foster care reimbursement, you will meet the financial requirements to foster.
Am I reimbursed for expenses of fostering a child?
Yes. Each foster family is reimbursed a set room & board rate for each child they take into their home.
Can I work outside the home and still be a foster parent?
We welcome single parent families, two working parent families, stay at home mom/dad families.
I am interested in adoption, is that possible through TII?
Yes, but our first goal is to reunite children with their birth families. When this is not possible, we facilitate adoptions for children of all ages who need a family. TI is a 'foster first' agency.
Why Foster a Teen?
Often, when a child in foster care turns 18, they are no longer part of the foster care system. Many find themselves living alone without the support, resources, and guidance of a family. Those who age out of the system in this way are more likely than their peers to drop out of school, become parents before they are ready, experience homelessness, or become involved with the criminal justice system.
Fostering a teen is an opportunity to support and nurture a young person into independence and adulthood, providing them with a family foundation. Foster care could be the last chance for that teen to have a shot at their best life.
The latest research on the adolescent brain proves that the teen brain is still developing, providing a "second chance" for kids to overcome adversity.
TOP 10 REASONS TO FOSTER A TEEN
1. We sleep through the night...and half the morning.
2. No formula, bottles or diapers required.
3. Fewer hours on the phone with tech support. We'll fix it for you!
4. You may have missed my first day of kindergarten, but you can be there to watch me graduate from high school!
5. We can show you new dance moves.
6. You can train your future caregivers.
7. We'll let you know when your old clothes are back in style.
8. You don't have to wait 10 to 12 years to see if we remember what you taught us. Instant gratification!
9. We will teach you how to be more patient, understanding, kind, and empathetic.
And, most importantly...
10. We all need someone to share our life, dreams, achievements and holidays.