Foster Parent Training is an intensive education course designed to orient prospective adoptive, foster and kinship-care parents to the needs of children who are cared for in the child welfare system. Harmony offers classes to families who are interested in these roles through a partnership with the Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services.
Foster Parent Training is based on the belief that children grow and develop better in families, where they can build safe and trusting relationships. The Foster Parent Training classes serve as a guide for the participants to understand the complexities of the child welfare system and ways that they and the system can support children and families. It also provides opportunities for participants to assess their own strengths and resources in order to determine whether they are ready to take on the role of becoming adoptive, foster or kinship-care parents. Most importantly, it helps the participants to understand the unique needs of children who have lived through the trauma of abusive, neglectful, and/or chaotic living situations and how to provide healing environments and relationships for them.
Additional information about Foster Parent Training classes can be found on the Department of Children’s Services website at Foster Parent Training.
PATH Training Registration
Northwest PATH Training Registration
(Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Dickson, Dyer, Gibson, Henry, Houston, Humphreys, Lake, Obion, Stewart, and Weakley Counties)
Southwest PATH Training Registration
(Chester, Decatur, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Lauderdale, Madison, McNairy, and Tipton Counties)
East PATH Training Registration
(Anderson, Campbell, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, and Union Counties)
Northeast PATH Training Registration
(Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Washington, and Unicoi Counties)
TN Valley PATH Training Registration
(Bledsoe, Bradley, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Polk, Rhea, and Sequatchie Counties)
Knox PATH Registration
Smoky Mountain PATH Training Registration
(Blount, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, and Sevier Counties)
Shelby PATH Training Registration