Resources for Adoptive Parents
Here’s information on four organizations that can help you during or after the adoption process. From education to counseling to care, they provide a range of services and support for both children and families.
Adoption Support and Preservation (ASAP)
The Adoption Support and PreservationProgram (ASAP) helps adoptive parents succeed on every level. Its statewide system supports children and families with pre- and post-adoption services including:
Adoption preparation training
Relief team development
These services are available to Tennessee families who have adopted, are contemplating adoption, or have declared their intent to adopt through Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services.
Any family residing in the state of Tennessee, at any stage of the adoption process, with an adopted child or children 18 years of age or younger, is eligible to participate for free. Families who have adopted privately or internationally may have to pay a fee for service.
Contact the ASAP helpline at 888-848-ASAP (2727) to begin services and to learn more about the program.
Agape Child and Family Services, Inc.
Agape Child and Family Services, Inc. serves children, the families that touch them, and the communities that surround them throughout the Mid-South. Its mission is to provide children and families with stable, healthy homes.
Agape works to secure family life for children and promote family stability through a comprehensive program of loving, child-centered foster care and adoption services; caring maternity services; professional, goal-oriented counseling; and educational/training programs.
Prenatal counseling for unplanned pregnancies
Care for homeless and pregnant women
Housing for homeless pregnant women
Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc.
Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc. serves more than 60,000 people in communities throughout Middle Tennessee, developing and providing human services for people in need.
Family assistance and community employment services
Pregnancy counseling, adoption services and adoption support
Child welfare services
Geriatric care and support services
Counseling for individuals and families
Hispanic family services, including ESL (English as a Second Language), and immigration services
How to contact Catholic Charities or call: 615-352-3087
Harmony Family Center
HarmonyFamily Center helps grow families through adoption. In addition to assisting the placement of children, Harmony works to promote health, safety and emotional well-being for children and families through assessment, education, treatment and support.
Education, counseling and support services are essential aspects of the adoption process. By developing national and local partnerships, combining skills, perspective and ingenuity, the center makes a difference for those it serves.
Email Harmony Family Center or call 865-982-5225
You’ll find more resources at the AdoptUSKids website.
How to become a foster parent; (this one also has a video so here is the link) http://www.kidcentraltn.com/article/how-to-become-a-foster-parent