Useful tips

How much do you get for fostering a child in Tennessee?

How much do you get for fostering a child in Tennessee?

Foster Parent Salary in Tennessee

Annual Salary Monthly Pay
Top Earners $47,003 $3,916
75th Percentile $47,003 $3,916
Average $33,468 $2,789
25th Percentile $28,202 $2,350

Can you leave a foster child home alone?

Kids in care who are 12 years old or older are allowed to be home alone for brief periods of time (after they have been in the home for 14 days). They must have access to emergency numbers and procedures. After school, they must be able to get into the house using a house key or other method.

What kind of foster care is there in Tennessee?

In Tennessee, there are also approved private agencies that, in partnership with DCS, train and support families to care for children in foster care and specialized foster homes that serve children who have extraordinary medical needs that require special attention.

When do foster parents have to complete TN key?

Foster parents who have completed TN KEY, Working with Birth Parents, or Working with BIrth Parents and Visitation have already received the required information and are exempt from this training. This new computer-based training must be completed by June 30, 2021 by all existing foster parents who have not completed the trainings listed above.

Do you need training to be a foster parent?

Potential foster parents are required to complete pre-approval training. Learn more about training requirements and view upcoming training groups. If you are already a DCS Foster Parent, please see below for information and helpful training links just for you.

When do children have to go into foster care?

When children are not able to stay safely in their own homes and there isn’t a relative who can care for them, they often have to come into state custody. The department’s first goal for children is to work toward a safe return home to their families.