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If you have ever wondered how to become a foster parent in Tennessee, there has never been a better time.  Children that are in the custody of the State of Tennessee need a safe, stable, loving environment where they can learn, grow and be successful.  You could provide these needs for a child in your home.  Those interested in becoming a foster parent in Tennessee must complete the home study process, which includes PATH (Parents as Tender Healers) training, background checks and home visits.  Free on-going training is offered to our foster parents to help families refine and expand their skills.  Reimbursement to offset the costs of raising a child is also provided.  Our qualified, professional staff offer in-home case management services and 24/7 crisis support to all our foster parents.  Please consider helping change a child's life by being part of The Camelot Difference.

Foster Parent FAQ's

Do I have to be married?
Our foster parents are single, married and/or partnered.

Do I have to live in Tennessee?
Yes, we can only license homes in the state of Tennessee.

I have children of my own.  Can I still foster children?
We have foster parents who have children and some who have never had their own children.

Do I have to own my home?

Camelot’s foster parents are homeowners and renters.  We do require that the residence be structurally sound.

Do I have to have employment?
Our foster parents may be employed or not employed, but must be able to financially meet their own needs.

How much does it cost to become a foster parent in Tennessee?
There is no charge for a foster family home license. However, some families might incur minor costs involved in getting their home into compliance with licensing standards.

Are there other options besides being a full-time foster parent?
Yes, a respite home is a foster home in which a client stays from one to ten days.  This may be planned respite or on an emergency basis.

Other Foster Parent Requirements

  • Must be in sufficient good health and able to pass a physical;
  • Must be at least 25 years of age;
  • Learn and use proven behavioral management skills;
  • Complete and pass DCS required background checks;
  • Accept support needed to maintain the child’s placement within the resource home;
  • Give without the expectation of immediate returns;
  • Preserve the continuity of the child’s racial, ethnic, and religious beliefs;
  • Accept and care for a child’s emotional, physical, psychological, and behavioral needs; and
  • Love and care for children.

If you are interested in how to become a foster parent in Tennessee, please provide the following information and a Camelot Care Center team member will contact you shortly.