Nashville LGBT Fostering Options

Recently numerous Nashville Gay Parents (NGP) members completed their P.A.T.H. (Parents As Tender Healers) course in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (TNDCS).  The eight week course was taught at Covenant of the Cross church and included 23 hours of training including first aid, discipline, processes and every part of the DCS fostering process.

Clarksville dad, Michael, will tell you that his path to family was not the typical TNDCS path.  Many LGBT hopeful-parents think that fostering is a direct path to adopting a newborn as Michael has done four times now.  Michael’s situation isn’t the norm “at all,” as he says emphatically.

As our NGPs found out, fostering takes a special heart and a lot of endurance.  If you are interested in fostering a TNDCS child, here are the basic steps.

  1. Contact TNDCS to enroll in a P.A.T.H. class.  Yes, they are all open to LGBT.
  2. Finish the 8-week course which will require you to fill out applications and get a criminal background check/fingerprints.
  3. Prepare your home for all the ages of children you are willing to take in.
  4. Complete the 60-90 day home study process.

Not only do children need foster homes, but TNDCS has a specific need for households who will take-in and understand the specific needs of LGBT youth as foster children.



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