Foster Care

How To Become A Foster Parent

Put a child in a safe, stable and supportive environment, and the chance of success grows exponentially.

Children enter foster care when the courts determine they need to be temporarily or permanently removed from their birth family due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. The majority of children who come into foster care are reunited with their birth family. If they are unable to return to their birth families or relatives, foster parents who wish to adopt can begin the process.

Foster Care Adoption

Information on how families move from foster care to adoption.

PATH Classes

Providing foster parents with the tools they need.

Application & Info Guide

Apply to become a foster parent today!

Resource Handbook

Handbook and resources for foster parents.

7 Steps To Become A Foster Parent

informationCall us at (615) 298-5573 or email us at fostercare@


A recruiter will explain the process and answer all your questions.


  • Initial Home Visit
  • Diana Screen
  • Application/Paperwork
  • Family Discussion
  • Questions & Answers


  • PATH: Parents as Tender Healers
  • TBRI: Trust-Based Relational Intervention
  • CPR and First Aid

Home Study

  • Family Member Interviews
  • Criminal Background Checks
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Takes 60-90 days


Once the Home Study is complete, the final approval takes 2 to 4 weeks.


As we review referrals, your home will be chosen if the placement is a good match for your family. On average, placements happen within 3 months.



Want to learn more about being a foster parent? Please contact us and find out more about how you can change a child’s life.

Click below to view Frequently Asked Questions about foster care and Monroe Harding.

Foster Care FAQs



Want to see if your family is ready for foster care? Click below to take our quiz!

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