FOCUS

Every child deserves a chance for a forever family. The Finding Our Children Unconditional Support (FOCUS) Program is a collaboration among the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, Harmony Family Center, and provider agencies across the state to encourage the adoption of children in the Tennessee foster care system.

FOCUS serves children in full guardianship in the statewide foster care system who need a forever family. These children are often more challenging to place because of their length of time in custody, history of multiple home or residential placements, and their emotional and behavioral needs. FOCUS works to build a team of support around each child.

Since the program was founded in 2007, more than 3,000 children have been served with well over half of these children finding permanency through adoption, reunification with members of their birth family, or with a resource family. Other children have been able to re-establish lasting relationships with a former teacher, neighbor, previous resource parent, or relatives. It is essential that every child has a team of support and a place to spend the holidays year after year.

For additional information about FOCUS or how to become involved in the life of the children we serve, please visit www.parentachild.org or call 865.982.5225.