Tennessee Kids Belong dramatically improves the experiences and outcomes for kids in foster care. Throughout November, National Adoption Awareness Month, we focus our attention on kids in foster care who need permanent, adoptive families.
Our I Belong Project™ uplifts the stories and voices of kids in foster care who are legally free for adoption. The pop-up photo and video shoots take place monthly as part of an entire day designed for youth to have fun, play and just be kids. Every child’s story is treated with dignity and respect with the goal to connect each child with a family.
Since 2016 TKB, in partnership with The Department of Children’s Services, has filmed more than 800 children and helped connect more than 50% of those kids with their forever families.
The Importance of Belonging
Top 10 Social Wounds Experienced By Kids Who Age Out Of Foster Care
Approximately 1,000 youth age out of foster care in Tennessee each year. Aging out leaves a teen without the support, love and stability of a place to belong. Kids who age out of foster care experience an exponentially increased of homelessness, unplanned pregnancy, substance abuse, PTSD and other harmful outcomes. YOU CAN HELP!
Even if you aren’t called to adopt, you can DO SOMETHING!
How To Help
Foster Friendly Business
Here are some simple ways your business can support foster care in November.
Take the next step to become a Foster Friendly business and join our Foster Friendly App by creating a special offer for area foster families. Your support is about so much more than a discount; it shows families that their work is seen, valued and supported by their community — and that can directly impact the high attrition rate among foster families.