Harmony’s mission is to serve children, families, and communities through counseling, education, and adoption. Since our founding in 1996 Harmony’s focus has been finding forever families for children, domestically, internationally, and through the foster care system. Our work with families often begins at placement and continues throughout the adoption journey.
ASAP NATIONAL POST ADOPTION CONFERENCE – REGISTER NOW!
You are invited to join us at our upcoming ASAP National Post Adoption Conference offering professionals, policymakers and leaders in the fields of adoption, foster care, and child welfare the opportunity to learn about and share effective practices and policies about post adoption services. This important event will not only provide knowledge, but also tools and inspiration to enhance adoption preparation and post adoption services.
WHEN? June 1 and 2, 2015
WHERE? Sheraton Music City Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION: Conference Registration
FACEBOOK: Like and/or Share our Facebook page @ ASAP National Conference
NEED MORE INFORMATION? Contact Nicole Coning or call 865.342.0216
MUDDER’S DAY MADNESS 2015 IS IN THE BOOKS
This year we added a few new obstacles and lots of smiling happy people. We could not have asked for a better weather day as the temperature was in the high 60’s at the beginning of race start at 10 a.m.
The race was divided into two waves. The first wave, for individual runners, started promptly at 10 a.m. The second, team wave, started at 10:20, allowing individual runners to clear the pasture area and first 3 obstacles before the teams set off.
After finishing the first section of the race with plenty of mud and great hugs, the three hundred runners vanished into Montvale’s scenic woodland trails. Runners navigated ravines, standing spider webs, and several creeks before entering the challenging, muddy, lake area where our wonderful volunteers were standing by to keep runners from getting stuck in the mud – finishing the remaining obstacles with a plunge through giant tubes into the mud pool.
While friends, family, and volunteers awaited the arrival of the runners we were entertained with great music, food, and fun. Runners old and young finished with plenty of mud and smiles. This year we started a new tradition – a team award that will stay at Montvale with the team winners’ names added each year.
We want to thank all of our runners, friends, and families for joining us this year and hope they will return and bring plenty of friends with them next year. Thank you to our generous sponsors and our many volunteers. We couldn’t have done it without you!
HARMONY FAMILY CENTER FACTS AT A GLANCE – 2013-2014
• Provided 544 homes studies for DCS
• Trained 4,813 individuals
• ASAP served 564 children & families in our post adoption services program
• FOCUS served 432 children and youth & found adoptive families for 60 youth who had spent many years in the child welfare system
HELP HARMONY WHEN YOU SHOP AT KROGER
If you shop at Kroger – you can help Harmony! Friends of Harmony Family Center can register online to take part in the Kroger Community Rewards program to benefit Harmony. Simply go online to www.krogercommunityrewards.com and select Harmony Family Center as the organization you wish to support. If you were registered previously you must re-register. Next time you shop check the bottom of your receipt to make sure your see Harmony Family Center. Thank you!
HARMONY FAMILY CENTER RECEIVES EAST TENNESSEE PBS AWARD
JULIE FLANNERY, FOCUS PERMANENCY PROJECT DIRECTOR, RECEIVES THE 2014 BILL WILLIAMS SERVICE AWARD FOR ADOPTION SERVICE
Julie Flannery, receives The 2014 Bill Williams Service Award for outstanding achievement in adoption. The award is presented annually by the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.
In her life and in her work, Julie Flannery has demonstrated her unwavering commitment to children’s health and well being. Julie never stops working to make life better for children – especially children who want and need a family. Her life’s work is devoted to finding forever homes for the children she serves.
Julie developed and led Harmony’s award-winning FOCUS program, which provides intensive family finding and recruits adoptive families for children in the State welfare system. Today, as Director of Harmony’s Transform and FOCUS Forward projects, Julie is working with DCS and others to improve services and to increase permanency for Tennessee children in state custody.
The award was presented by Bill Williams at a National Adoption Day event on November 19, 2014, in Knox County Circuit Court.