Churches and Houses of Worship

Tennessee is known as the “buckle of the Bible Belt” with good reason, and the faith community is uniquely positioned to serve our foster and adopted youth and their families. Launching a foster care and adoption ministry at your church will be crucial to the support and retention of foster and adoptive families.

One of the top reasons foster parents terminate their home as a placement is a lack of social support. The church can support these families in tangible, emotional and spiritual ways. Here are some ways to engage your congregation in “Wrapping Around” those who open their homes to care for this vulnerable population. Whether you are a 10-year-old boy who can mow a lawn to help a father spend more time with the children he is fostering, or you are 80-years-old and can bake some muffins to drop on a family’s doorstep for breakfast, there is a role for everyone in the church.

Ways to Get Involved

• Partner newer families with another foster family to walk closely with them through the ups and downs.

• Implement on-going courses for foster and adoptive families taught by trained social workers.

• Develop play rooms with court approved monitors to help facilitate child welfare visitations

• Host speakers and seminars. For example, you can screen Hope for the Journey
• Create support groups for parents – some specifically centered around the strengths and struggles of families.

• CASA/GAL (Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem) meetings for workers and children, etc.

• Create a Foster Care Closet at the church to collect donated items for foster families receiving a new child.
Become a Partner

TN Kids Belong: WRAP

One way to provide support to foster families in your congregation is to WRAP around them. Tennessee Kids Belong has created several resources illustrating how the “little things” can go a long way.

WRAP Upcoming Events >WRAP Ministry Handbook >WRAP Around Foster Care >
Interested in hosting a series?
Check out the Belong Service Series for Faith Leaders. 

Pause Campaign

This week-long campaign is designed to educate high school and college students on the unique needs of children impacted by adoption and/or foster care. Through the devotional-style study, Pause Campaign mobilizes students to advocate for these children and their families, not just in the future but now.

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Prayer Guide

This unique prayer guide offers specific ways churches and houses of worship can join thousands of others in praying for children and families impacted by adoption and foster care.

Download the Guide

Trauma Training

Interested in learning more about trauma training?

TN Fosters Hope partners with Tennessee Kids Belong, Belong University, and Show Hope which offers pre and post-adoption support.

Learn more about trauma training at Show Hope.

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Trauma Competency Continuum Resource List
TN Fosters Hope seeks to build environments where children and families impacted by foster care and adoption can flourish. The goal is for each faith community to create a culture and implement policies and practices that foster emotionally safe, healing environments. This will only happen when leadership, staff, volunteers, and communities intentionally move toward becoming trauma informed and actively take part in the restoration process for children and families.
Learn more about the steps of the Trauma Competency Continuum:
Download the PDF
Trauma Aware
Creating a Healthy Adoption Culture in Your Church >The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family > Created to Connect: A Christian’s Guide to The Connected Child >
Trauma Sensitive
Hope for the Journey Conference: May 31, 2021 >
Premiering April 9, with an extended viewing window through May 31, 2021
Insights & Gifts Video Series >Insights & Gifts PDF Discussion Guide >The Connection: Where Hearts Meet Small Group DVD >
Trauma Responsive
Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) Training >
 Audience: Key Ministry Leaders Consider Obtaining Formal Training
Belong University >
Private Promo Codes for TN Fosters Hope:
Free Access: - TNFHFREE (Valid through June 30, 2021)
50% Discount: TNFH50 (Valid beginning July 1, 2021)
Trauma Informed
Implementing Trauma Informed Practices in Your Organization Consultation >
For questions on any of the above resources or further information about scholarship
opportunities to attend Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) Training, please email
tnfostershope@showhope.org.
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