As of January 2011, there were 6,723 youth in foster care in the state of Tennessee. You have the opportunity to be the difference for one of these families. Most of the youth we care for have been removed from their homes due to circumstances that were out of their control: abuse, neglect, or even abandonment. Florence Crittenton's Foster Families have the advantage of opening up their lives and homes to youth in need. When possible, we aim to reunite these children with their birth families. Crittenton Foster Care seeks to not only impact the life of a child, but also the family and community in which they belong.
FCA's Foster Families seek to provide a loving and nurturing environment for youth in need. Foster parents are our HEROs. They can't fly or become invisible, but they have the ability to love a child right where they are. Prospective foster parents must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered to foster with Crittenton Foster Care:
- Financially able to meet his/her needs
- Be able to nurture and love children
- Pass criminal background checks
- Be in good physical health
- Learn & Apply provided trainings
Foster Parents are not required to be perfect, and they also know they are not required to do it on their own. Crittenton Foster Care has a wonderful team to assist with consistent and constant support.
Crittenton Foster Care provides extensive support to the children and the foster families that we serve to ensure they are emotionally, physically, socially, and mentally maturing and stabilizing. Support includes but is not limited to:
- In-home services
- Assistance and training with behavioral management
- Child education support
- Continual monthly trainings for foster parents
- Monthly reimbursement
- Training: PATH for Foster Parents
- 24/7 On-Call Support
You have the opportunity to be the difference in the life of a youth. The Crittenton Foster Care program welcomes you as we partner together to empower youth in our community and bring about life long changes.
If you have more questions about becoming a foster parent, please visit our Crittenton Foster Care FAQs page. Or contact FCA's Foster Care Recruiter, Dara Hitson, for more information:
"I now appreciate everything I own and have the skills and confidence to make it on my own in this world." - Mindy, 18 years old