A Healing Community
Fostering Hope|Fostering Courage|Fostering Resilience|Fostering Belonging

We do what a family would do for children & youth in foster care.

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124
Years

Since 1893, Monroe Harding has continually adapted to meet the needs of children who are in, or transitioning out of state custody, caring for more than 16,000 children who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected. Today, we are a healing community for youth and families as they move beyond trauma to experience hope. We are meeting this mission through four key programs serving young people who are currently in or are transitioning from the foster care system: Foster CareResidential ProgramsEducation & Workforce Development, and Therapy & Healing.

May is National Foster Care month, raising awareness for the more than 400,000 children and youth in foster care – 6,000 in Tennessee alone.  There’s an overwhelming need for Resource families, which include foster parents, foster-to-adopt families, and relative/kinship caregivers.

Monroe Harding offers several ways for individuals, families and communities to become involved as foster parents, volunteers or mentors of children and youth who need an adult role model.

If you’re interested in following the journey of a Monroe Harding foster parent, please follow Cheyanne Shatto’s blog here.

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In Their Own Words

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If it wasn’t for Monroe Harding, I would have been on the streets having no mind of my own.

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Every child needs a faithful fan, especially in a losing season.

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What you give is important! What you get in return is satisfaction for a lifetime!

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Monroe Harding acted like a parent to me. They taught me how to be socially & morally responsible.

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Our Stories

#Family

Two little boys, age 5 and 6, have moved over 10 times in their young lives… Feeling unwanted and unsure of where they would go next, they moved to their new home. After noticing the “wall of love” in the house, one of their first questions was, “When will we get our names on the wall?”

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Abigail

Three-year-old Abigail recently moved into the home of one our foster families. Our wonderful foster parents, Jason and Liz, knew that Abigail was confused, shy and unsure, but were heartened to see how much she enjoyed being with their little girls, all around Abigail’s age.

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The Gordons

We celebrate the Gordon family, who became richer in love three times over today. Natalie, Deacon and David (in the front row of the picture by their sister Sadie) were adopted today. The joy in their hearts was evident and it was wonderful to watch the brothers and sisters play together, laugh together and support each other.

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The McKnights

Marla and George McKnight welcomed a brother and a sister into their hearts three years ago and today the judge made it official. Kaydee, is 3 years old, beautiful and full of spunk. Her older brother asked if he could change his first name, so we’re proud to congratulate eight-year-old A.J. on his very special day.

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These young ladies decided they wanted to spread the word about Monroe Harding for their exhibition project at Julia Green Elementary School. Naomi (pictured center) and her friends asked us great questions and created an information board to educate their school community on how they can help children in foster care. They did a fantastic job and they look great in their Monroe Harding t-shirts! Follow their lead and get involved today. https://www.monroeharding.org/get-involved/

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