The mission of Tri-Cities Resource & Adoptive Parent Association is to provide quality training,... support and activities for our resource and adoptive families. 

 We strive to provide our parents with the necessary resources to deal with the many challenges they face in raising our regions’ children.

 The Tri-Cities Resource & Adoptive Parent Association is a nonprofit organization that functions as an advocacy support group for resource parents throughout the Northeast Tennessee Region. We uplift and encourage foster and adoptive parents, as well as other interested members of the community, to work together to promote the general welfare of foster children. We assist in communications between foster and adoptive parents and others concerned with the growth and development of foster children. Above all, we are the voices for foster and adoptive parents and the children under their care and custody

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Is Foster Parenting For Me?


What is Foster Parenting?

Foster Parenting is......

  • An opportunity .... to make a difference in a child's life
  • Caring for a child.... who has been abused/neglected until his/her parent(s) can resume the responsibility, or a permanent home can be found, or adopted by their resource family.    
  • A commitment.... to help children and their families through a difficult period; a foster parent must be able to provide love and guidance and then let go
  • Learning and developing....The parenting skills needed to meet the unique needs of each child.

Who Can Be A Foster Parent?

People from all walks of life, with various life experiences...You Can

  • Be single, married, divorced or in a partnership
  • Have children
  • Rent or own your residence
  • Have a modest income   
  • Be a working parent     
  • Have a disability

Other Things to Consider

  • Be willing to work with social workers and other community professionals, advocate for the child's needs in school, counseling and medical community
  • Have energy and time enough to give foster children the attention they need.
  • Have family, friends or other support systems that you can call on for support.
  • Be able to ask for help and not be embarrassed.

Who are the children that need Foster Care?.....

  • Foster children are often siblings, who need to be placed together.
  • Babies through teens, who are any race or religion.
  • Like other children, some may have medical needs.
  • Most have been physically or sexually abused or neglected.

As a result of difficult life experiences, some of the children's behaviors may be challenging and may require ongoing counseling/therapy!

If you are interested in becoming a Foster/Resource Parent for Tennessee children, please call toll-free 1-877-DCS-KIDS (1-877-327-5437).

"We should not be asking who this child belongs to, but who belongs to this child" ~ Jim Gritter