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Frequently Asked Questions
What is foster care?
The goal of foster care is to provide children with a safe, nurturing environment while their birth parents improve their ability to care for their children, with the ultimate goal being reunification of the family.
Children (of all ages) 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. Right now in Tennessee there are 9,000 children in foster care.
How long do children stay in foster care?
What is the role of a foster family?
Who can be a foster parent?
A foster parent must be tolerant of differences of racial, ethnic, religious and educational backgrounds.
What are the responsibilities of a Foster Parent?
A foster parent provides a safe, comfortable place to live and meets the child’s basic needs, while giving them consistent emotional and behavioral support and guidance. They ensure school attendance and progress. They help the child through the grieving and adjustment process that comes with being removed from their home.
As part of the application process, foster parents are required to complete the Tennessee Knowledge Empowers You (TN-Key) training.
Who are children that Monroe Harding serves?
Can I adopt my foster child?
Why should I foster through Monroe Harding?
Monroe Harding has ongoing training support to help families feel confident in parenting the youth that we serve. We respect foster parents and the roles that they play, and we believe in working as a team.
What does it mean to be a Trauma Informed Healing Community?
We understand that a youth’s brain has been affected by their past trauma(s) and can be changed in a positive way by providing healthy experiences, like those that would occur in a loving, functional foster family.
What areas and communities does Monroe Harding serve?
- Davidson County
- Williamson County
- Cheatham County
- Montgomery County
- Sumner County
- Rutherford County
- Wilson County
- Robertson County
- Coffee County
- Dickson County
- Maury County
- Houston County