PATH Training

Parents As Tender Healers (PATH) 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.

PATH is based on the belief that children grow and develop better in families, where they can build safe and trusting relationships. The PATH 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, or chaotic living situations and how to provide healing environments and relationships for them.

Additional information about PATH classes can be found on the Department of Children’s Services website at Foster Parent Training.

Sign up for PATH Training:

Telephone 844-PATH4TN (844.728.4486)

PATH Training Registration Links


Northwest PATH Registration
Southwest PATH Registration
East PATH Registration
Northeast PATH Registration
TN Valley PATH Registration
Knox PATH Registration
Smoky Mountain PATH Registration
Shelby PATH Registration

Foster Parent In-Service Training Registration Links


Northwest In-Service Registration
Southwest In-Service Registration
East In-Service Registration
Northeast In-Service Registration
TN Valley In-Service Registration
Knox In-Service Registration
Smoky Mountain In-Service Registration
Shelby In-Service Registration

PATH Email Addresses

Northeast Region
Smoky Mountain Region
Knox County Region
East Region
Tennessee Valley Region
Northwest Region
Southwest Region
Shelby County Region