Youth Villages has an urgent need for foster parents to provide loving, temporary homes to children and teens in Nashville and the surrounding areas including Wilson County. Youth Villages offers free orientation meetings and foster parent training classes for people interested in learning more about becoming foster parents. Orientations are scheduled for Jan. 6 at noon; Jan. 8 at noon; Jan. 11 at noon and at 5 p.m.; Jan. 12 at noon; Jan. 13 at 5 p.m.; Jan. 18 at noon.; Jan. 22 at noon; and Jan. 25 at noon. Foster parent training classes are set to begin Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. and continue Tuesdays and Thursdays. Dinner and soft drinks will be served during evening classes.
Orientation and training sessions will be held at the Youth Villages office at 3310 Perimeter Hill Drive in Nashville.
More than 1,000 children enter foster care every year in the Mid-Cumberland area, according to the state of Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services. Youth Villages has partnered with the DCS since 1992 to help recruit, train and support foster families in Tennessee for the many children who enter foster care due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.
“There’s nothing more rewarding that helping a child feel loved, safe and regain trust in adults,” said Elisa Parham, foster care recruiter, Youth Villages, Nashville. “If you love children and feel called to make a difference in the lives of children, consider becoming a foster parent. Youth Villages will provide you with free training, 24-hour support and monthly reimbursements to help you offset the costs of adding a child to your household.”
To become a foster parent for Youth Villages, individuals must be at least 25 years of age, be single or legally married for at least one year, have income above the poverty level, pass a background check, have adequate space in their homes and complete Youth Villages’ foster parenting classes.
For questions about foster parenting, call Parham, Youth Villages foster care recruiter in Nashville, at (615) 250-7270. For more information about Youth Villages, visit www.youthvillages.org or call (901) 251-5000.