Vol. 5, No. 1
The Importance of Sharing
Information about Resource Parents
The Fosterer Inc.
by Michael McSurdy
Resource (foster, adoption, and kinship) knew this identifying information, they would
parents are very important members of the child inevitably be able to share it with birth parents. Also,
and family team, and their participation in it does not seem appropriate to expect resource par-
decision-making and planning for the children in ents to develop relationships with birth parents if
their care is encouraged by DCS staff. During the basic information like names are not shared openly.
child and family team meetings (CFTMs), the While the department believes this openness is
importance of collaboration to support the child’s crucial to relationship development, it appreciates
permanency goal should that in some cases there are
be stressed, and honesty known safety concerns. In
and openness among all cases involving a real or per-
team members should be ceived threat by the birth
Foster / Adoptive
encouraged. It would be family to the resource family
difficult for foster parents or child, the DCS staff mem-
to fully participate without ber will remove the resource
having a genuine working family’s identifying informa-
relationship— based on tion from the permanency
their mutual care about the plan and/or join the resource
child or children in their family in requesting that the
care— with the birth court issue a no-contact order.
family, particularly when In such cases, case managers
the permanency goal is for should discuss protection
children to return to their issues with the DCS attorney.
parents. In all cases, issues of birth
It is also appropriate parent/resource parent con-
and ethical in most cases— tact and parent/child contact
if parental rights have not should be addressed in detail
been terminated—for birth families to be on the permanency plan. Appropriate contact and
informed about their children’s placement and the negotiation of increased contact and parent/child
adjustment. Further, because resource parents are visitation should be a key part of the permanency
taught Parents As Tender Healers (PATH, the planning and child and family team process.
resource parent pre-service training), they can be Finally, DCS’s goal is to encourage full and open
invaluable in helping birth families become ready participation of resource families in the child and
to parent their children. family team process and to encourage resource
It is the Tennessee Department of Children’s parent/birth parent partnerships to best serve the
Services’ expectation that resource families will be children. DCS believes this can be accomplished
willing to share information with birth parents without sacrificing the safety and comfort necessary
whenever possible. The issues of teamwork listed for resource parents to continue serving in this
above are among the reasons that DCS decided to important role.
include the foster parents’ identification informa- Resource parents are valuable members of an
tion on the permanency plan. In speaking with important team. The department sincerely
parents and staff, it seems apparent that they want appreciates all that they do.
children to know whom they are living with and Michael McSurdy is the director of Foster
where they live. It became clear then that if children Care for the Department of Children’s Services.
Note from the President
As many of interest of our children in care. brochures in the mail and return
you may know, I With the appointment of our them promptly, as there will be
stepped into the new commissioner, I feel we will see limited registration.
position of changes being made that will benefit I look forward to working with
President of everyone in the welfare system. each of you in the future. I’ll do my
TFACA on I’m excited about our state utmost to represent all foster/
Saturday, March 6, conference this year, which will be adoptive parents in Tennessee to the
at the state board held October 1–3 at the Marriott best of my ability. With the help of
meeting due to the resignation of Hotel in Nashville. These should be the state board members, the UT
Jeff Miller. red-letter dates on every foster staff and the DCS liaisons, along with
I’ve been associated with the state parent’s calendar. the cooperation of each one of you,
board for many years now, and I have The TFACA board feels that each we’ll continue to have a very
great respect for each person serving year’s conference is better than the successful state association serving all
on the board. I have always viewed last, and with the arrangements that foster and adoptive parents.
this position as very important, very are now being made, I know that we If I can ever be of assistance to
vital, and one of service to the parents will certainly say that again on you, please call me at 931-268-5549
we represent. October 4. Private agency parents are or contact me through Email at
We’ve seen many changes over the now given the opportunity to attend firstname.lastname@example.org.
past few years and have been a part of along with our DCS foster/adoptive
a lot of the changes. I hope foster/ parents, and everyone who attends
adoptive parents will continue to be has the opportunity to receive 15 Rebecca Young
included in the partnership of caring training hour credits.
for and promoting what’s in the best Look for your registration Rebecca Young, President
Tennessee, joining with the other states in our nation, observes Foster Parent Appreciation Month in
May. On Wednesday, May 5, celebrations throughout our nation will show appreciation to foster par-
ents and recognize the important role they play in our welfare system today.
At the time this issue of The Fosterer goes to press, plans are being implemented for an eventful
gathering at our state capitol, with the trees on the capitol yard to be decorated with large blue ribbons
exhibiting appreciation. A special program is scheduled to feature someone from the Governor’s office
presenting the proclamation for the month, and DCS Commissioner Viola Miller and many other special
guests, along with foster/adoptive parents and foster youths who will share their stories about the foster
care system, will be in attendance.
Each TFACA regional director will present a large ribbon that displays the number of children in care in
their region. These ribbons will be displayed at the ceremony at the capitol. There will also be yard
posters given to each regional director to display at the courthouse in his or her region.
We hope each region will also have some type of local celebration in observance of this memorable
month, to share appreciation and support of the caring, dedicated foster parents in their region— their
contributions to the children in care within the welfare system is so crucial!
Tennessee Foster/Adoptive Care Association, Inc.
2003–2004 Board of Directors
Rebecca Young, President and Chairman of the Board (2005) Regional Director–South West (2005)
1789 Cummins Mill Road (Jackson) Vacant
Cookeville, TN 38501
931-268- 5549 James Lawrence, Regional Director–Davidson (2005)
Email: email@example.com 3100 Rolling Stone Drive
Antioch, TN 37013
Vice-President (2004) 615-367-1559
Vacant Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Glenna Elkins, Secretary (2004) Regional Director–North West (2004)
144 County Road 563 (McMinn) Vacant
Englewood, TN 37329
423-263-1709 Fred Phillips, Regional Director–S helby (2004)
Email: email@example.com.K12.tn.us 6731 Millers Pond Circle (Shelby)
Memphis, TN 38119
Betty Hastings, Administrator/Treasurer (2005) 901-758-1423
40 Foust Lane (Carroll) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hollo w Rock, TN 38342
731-986-5316 Teresa Thomas, Regional Director–Upper Cumberland (2004)
731-986-2386 (TFACA Advocacy Number) 85 Hilco Drive (Overton)
Fax: 731-986-2386 Lafayette, TN 37083
Cell Phone: 731-693-3166 615-666-5240
Email: email@example.com Cell Phone: 615-655-3668
Jeff Miller, I mmediate Past President
John Maze, Regional Director–North East (2004)
399 Mill Creek (Johnson)
Mickey Lindsey, Regional D irector–East (2005) Mountain City, TN 37683
P.O. Box 252 (Blount) 423-727-4925
Briceville, TN 37710 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Email: email@example.com Regional Director–Mid-Cumberland (2005)
Lawrence Cash, Regional Director–Knox (2005)
3917 W. Emor y Road (Knox)
Pow ell, TN 37849
Margie Guffey, Regional Director–South East (2004) TFACA Advisors
368 County Road 110 (McMinn)
Athens, TN 37303
423-745-0667 Patsy Napier Michael McSurdy
Department of Children’s Services Department of Children’s Services
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org th th
436 6 Avenue Nor th 436 6 Avenue Nor th
8 Floor, Cordell Hull Building 8 Floor, Cor dell Hull Building
Barbara Marshall, Regional Director–Hamilton (2004)
Nashville, TN 37242-1290 Nashville, TN 37242-1290
P Bo x 25072
Chattanooga, TN 37422 615-532-5615 615-741-9206
193-F Polk Avenue
Mar y Peterson, R egional Director–South Central (2005)
101 Chestnut Grove Road (Coffee) Nashville, TN 37210
Morrison, TN 37357
The University of Tennessee Advocacy Board
Independent Living Program John Maze Rebecca Young Glenna Elkins
399 Mill Creek Road 1789 Cummins Mill Road 144 County Road 563
Mountain City, TN 37683 Cookeville, TN 38501 Englewood, TN 37329
423-727-4925 931-858-8137 423-263-1709
Sherry Haines 615-782-5128 James Lawrence Te r esa Thomas Lead Advocate: Betty Hastings
3100 Rolling Stone Drive 85 Hilco Drive 40 Foust Lane
Antioch, TN 37013 Lafayette, TN 37083 Hollow Rock, TN 38342
615-367-1559 615-666-5240 Home: 731-986-2386
West TN Unit Manager
Jackie Smiley 901-448-1416
North East East South East
Shelby County Ind. Living Specialist Craig Thompson Kristi Dodson Peggy Carroll
Clementine Perry 901-448-1415 189 Poplar Ridge Road PO Box 159 465 County Road 213
Piney Flats, TN 37686 Greenback, TN 37742 Athens, TN 37303
Northwest Ind. Living Specialist 423-538-8922 865-856-5037 423-745-1392
Cindy Boyd 731-885-2549
Hamilton Knox Upper Cumberland
E. Dianne Bracken Candy Elliott Rebecca Young
Southwest Ind. Living Specialist 1706 Vance Avenue 519 E. Beaver Creek Drive 1789 Cummins Mill Road
NaTasha Turner -pgr. 888-897-7506 Chattanooga, TN 37422 Knoxville, TN 37184 Cookeville, TN 38501
423-698-6344 865-947-2025 931-858-8137
South Central N o r th W e s t South We s t
Joy Park Vacant Catherine Roberts
4642 Highway 43 N. (Contact Betty Hastings) 126 W. Grand
Summertown, TN 38464 Jackson, TN 38301
Middle TN Unit Manager 931-964-4127 731-427-8619
Tammi Edwards 615-782-5120 Davidson
South Central Ind. Living Specialist Mid-Cumberland (Contact Betty Hastings) Shelby
Ginger Laxton 931-212-7688 Nancy Woodall Penny Str oud
147 Jones Mill Rd. 3135 Teaberr y Lane
LaVergne, TN 37086 Bartlett, TN 38134
Mid-Cumberland Ind. Living Specialists 615-355-1731 901-385-2465
David Aguzzi 615-782-5125
Touchere Johnson 615-782-5124
Advocates at Large:
Davidson County Ind. Living Specialists
West Grand Division Central Grand Division East Grand Division
David Aguzzi 615-782-5125
Glenda W allace Va c a n t Va c a n t
Touchere Johnson 615-782-5124 2971 Ruffle Drive
Bartlett, TN 38134
Upper Cumberland Ind. Living Specialist 901-377-1199
Marcia Chaffin 931-858-2605
The Fosterer is a publication of
the Tennessee Foster / Adoptiv e Care Association I nc.
3755 Bear Hollow Road
Joelton, TN 37080
East TN Unit Manager 615-299-8463
Sharilyn Sage 865-692-0721 Editor: Betsy DeGeorge
Hamilton County Ind. Living Specialist
Designer: Margot Kline
Stephanie Gray-pgr. 888-897-7171
Editing Committee: Betty Hastings (chairman), Teresa Thomas, and Marge R ogers
Printer: The Univ ersity of Tennessee Graphic Arts S er vice
Southeast Ind. Living Specialist Mailing List Coordination: Janet Bockman
Heather Jarrell-pgr. 888-897-7652
The Fosterer is a joint effort funded by designated grant money provided by the
East TN Ind. Living Specialists Tennessee Depar tment of Children's Ser vices in conjunction with The UT Social
Edie DuBose-pgr. 888-897-7252 Work O ffice of Resear ch and Public Ser vice. It is compiled b y the Tennessee F oster/
Tanya Stone-Massengill-pgr. 888-724-4042 Adoptive Care Association, Inc., and is published quarterly in relation to regularly
scheduled State Association board meetings. It is designed to provide a vehicle of
Knox County Ind. Living Specialist
communication among all foster care and adoptiv e care pr ofessionals. Permission
Jennifer Allen-pgr. 888-897-7309
granted for reprinting materials providing due credit is given to the original source.
Northeast Ind. Living Specialist We reser ve the right not to be held liable for contents, and w e claim no legal
Doug Schulz 423-538-4028 r esponsibility for advice contained herein. The authors, editors, and funding bodies
disclaim endorsement of materials contained in this ne wsletter.
Project # 04060
KENNETH P AND MAXINE FOX TFACA SCHOLARSHIP
The TFACA will again give eight one thousand dollar ($1,000) scholarships for the year 2004–2005.
These scholarships will be presented to adopted, birth, and foster children of members of TFACA, unless the
foster child is in a children’s home. A college student who fits these criteria but is still in college and has never
received a TFACA scholarship is eligible. Please complete the scholarship form and submit to the
TFACA Scholarship Committee at the address below.
Youths must fill out the application and send it in by May 15, 2004 to be considered.
Kenneth P. and Maxine Fox Scholarship
Tennessee Foster Adoptive Care Association Inc.
Scholarship Committee Co-Chairs:
Fred and Gloria Phillips
6731 Miller’s Pond Circle
Memphis, TN 38119
TFACA Telephone: 901-758-1423
APPLICATION FOR THE T.F.A.C.A. SCHOLARSHIP
I. PERSONAL INFORMATION
Last First Middle
Street or Route City State Zip
Telephone ( _____ ) __________ – __________
Date of Birth ___________________________________________________________________________________
High School_____________________________________ Years Attended _______________________________
Have you been notified that you will receive any other financial aid? ______________________________________
Do you plan to work part-time while attending college/university or vocational school? ______________________
II. PLEASE CHECK IF YOU ARE
A Child in Foster Care ___________
(Foster parents must be members of T.F.A.C.A.)
The Birth or Adoptive Child of T.F.A.C.A. Member ___________
(Birth parents/adoptive parents must be members of T.F.A.C.A.)
III. FAMILY INFORMATION
Foster Parents’ or Guardians’ Names _________________________________________________________
Address (if different from above:) __________________________________________________________
Telephone (if different from above) ( _____ ) __________ – __________
Name of local Foster Care Association (if any) _________________________________________________
Social Worker _____________________ Telephone: ( _____ ) __________ – __________
APPLICATION FOR THE T.F.A.C.A. SCHOLARSHIP (continued)
IV. ACADEMIC RECORD (TO BE COMPLETED BY COUNSELOR OR PRINCIPAL)
High School Grade Point Average: __________ Date of Graduation (or GED): __________
CLASSES TAKEN IN HIGH SCHOOL:
V. LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES:
List your leadership activities (add sheet of paper if necessary), and also indicate personal qualities such as
fr iendly, sociable, cooperative, good listener, and willing to lear n
VI. APPLYING FOR: College _______________
(check one) University _______________
Vocational School _______________
Name/Address/Phone Number of institution where you have been accepted to further your education:
VII. TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP YOU MUST
1. Be a child in state custody, whether living in a foster home, group home, Independent Living placement, etc.,
or be the birth/adoptiv e child of a T.F.A.C.A. member.
2. Provide proof of acceptance into a college/university/trade or vocational school.
3. Fill out all the questions on this application.
4. Submit with this application 3 letters of recommendation. (Possible sources for letters of recommenda-
tion could be foster parents, case worker, teachers, pr incipal, guidance counselor, employer, pastor, or
youth leader from religious group you attend, etc.)
5. On a separate sheet of paper (in your own handwriting) make a brief statement of why you are applying
for this scholarship; include your hopes for the future and what you expect to contribute to society.
6. Retur n application and requested documents POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN MAY 15, 2004.
VIII. FOR YOUR INFORMATION
1. Unused portion or appropriate percentage of funds must be returned if recipient withdraws from school
or does not maintain grade point average required by institution to remain in school.
2. Scholarship funds may be used for tuition, books, and/or school supplies.
On December 23, 2003, Governor Phil Bredesen named Dr.
Viola P. Miller (left), a veteran Children's Services manager and former
Secretary of Families and Children for the Commonwealth of Kentucky,
as the new Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Children's
Miller's work has earned her a national reputation as an innovative,
results-oriented leader, and under her direction Kentucky became one of
only two states in the country to be fully accredited by the Council on
Accreditation for Children and Family Services.
Miller says, "Child welfare is in a state of crisis nationwide, and Tennessee is certainly no
exception. We're going to implement the changes necessary to better position the state to meet those
challenges. We're going to make this Department work again. That begins with greater
accountability and an absolute insistence on clear, measurable results."
In the letter below, Viola Miller tells Foster and Adoptive parents more about her committment:
Dear Foster/Adoptive Parents of Tennessee,
Please know how delighted I am to be your new Commissioner. We have a tremendous
amount of work to do. Our children are spending far too long in temporary placements.
They are experiencing far too many different placements. We are not completing
adoptions nearly as quickly as we should.
Expanding the number and diversity of our Resource Homes is absolutely critical to
achieving good outcomes for our children. This expansion must attend to issues of
diversity and geography. We need African-American families. We need families who love
teens and who are able to care for sibling groups and children with special needs.
But equally important as expanding our numbers is retaining and supporting our current
families. We must treat you as full partners and respect and recognize the essential role
Please know you are my heart and the heart of good things for the children you serve. I
am always available to foster parents. You may e-mail me at email@example.com or
schedule an appointment by calling Peggy Lee at 615-741-9699.
We have many, many challenges, but together we can create a system that values every
child and family. We can live the belief that every child deserves a home with loving adults.
Viola P. Miller
There are still positions open on the advocacy list.
TFACA Welcomes Three We need an advocate for the Davidson Region, North
West Region, and need to fill one newly approved
New Advocates position—Advocate at Large for the East Grand
Division. If you are interested in any of this position
please contact Betty Hastings for further information at
Other Vacant Positions
There are many positions to be filled at this year’s
conference. Ballots will soon be sent to all members of
TFACA to cast your vote for the following positions:
Vice President, Secretary, Regional Directors in the
South East, South West, North East, North West,
Shelby, Hamilton, Upper Cumberland, and Mid
The Vice President is to preside when the Presi-
dent is unable to be at the meeting or has to step down
Candy Elliott, Joy Park, and Dianne Bracken (l. to r.)
for some reason. The Vice President will also be respon-
sible for conducting the business related to the Second
The TFACA Advocacy board met and elected three Harvest Food Bank . The Secretary will keep and main-
newly trained foster parents to serve their regions as tain the minutes of all meetings of the Association and
advocates: the Board of Directors.
Please consider placing your name for nomination
Knox Region for one of the positions to be filled for the year 2004-
Candy Elliott of Knoxville has fostered children for 7 2005. The TFACA board is dedicated to working with
years and has adopted four. She is a PATH co-leader and the foster/adoptive parents in Tennessee and the National
expresses interest in wanting to help with improving Foster Parent Association to provide the best for the
communication between foster parents and the children in care.
department in a team effort. Phone: 865-947-2025
South Central Region
Joy Park of Summertown has fostered children for 3
years, is a co-leader for PATH, and already has had Association Fee
experiences in helping with foster parents’ concerns. She
is retired and looks forward to staying busy working with There are many benefits for local associations’
foster parents in her region. Phone: 931-964-4127 members becoming a part of the parent organization,
TFACA. However, the state association has grown to a
Hamilton Region professional level with demands becoming more costly
Dianne Bracken of Chattanooga has fostered children for and frequent.
3 years and is in the process of adoption. She has had TFACA has operated under the budget of local
many years of experience in law enforcement and knows membership dues only. After much discussion, the
how to listen well and solve problems. She wants to be board passed the motion that local associations are
seen as a means of support by foster parents and a partner assessed a yearly membership fee of $40.00, due July 1 of
with DCS. Phone: 423-698-6344. each budget year.
It was with regret that the TFACA board accepted the resignation of Jeff Miller as
President, March 6, 2004. Rebecca Young, Vice President, has assumed the
duties as President to complete the term of Mr. Miller.
What Does Membership in TFACA Offer?
Foster Parents’ Voice in state and national legislation Representation with the National Foster Parents
Foster Parent Bill of Rights Association
An Advocate for each region Dollywood ticket discount—$10.00 per foster child
Regional Director elected in each region to represent Fosterer Newsletter sent to all Foster Parents
foster parents in region and in state association Establishing nonprofit status for local associations
Representation on the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet • Local Association able to accept funds and
$1,000 College Scholarships awarded to Foster/ donations/grants
Birth/Adopted children in foster home • Local Association able to have fundraisers for
Representation at meetings—state office/UT Training revenue
State Conference—Assisting state agency with funds/ • Offering assistance in researching/writing
training/implementation of yearly conference grants
State Conference Awards of $100.00 Cash for • Local Associaion able to secure a sales-tax
• Foster Parents of the Year exempt status
• Adoptive Parents of the Year Information source
• Worker of the Year Constantly seeking to improve conditions for foster
• Association of the Year parents in our state – group insurance/grants
Workshops offered to local associations Please check out the TFACA web site: www.tfaca.org
New Position of TFACA
programs throughout the state. Betty also serves on the
Governor’s Children’s Cabinet as well as on other state
Administrator Created agency committees.
At the December
2003, TFACA Board
meeting, the board
of the president, Jeff
Miller, voted that The Administrative Office of the Courts, the DCS
Betty Hastings be Attorney, and Betty Hastings, Lead Advocate, will be
given the title of presenting workshops across the state in each region this
TFACA year. The training will consist of the Foster Parent Bill of
Administrator. Rights and the Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 40:
Betty, the past Guidelines for Guardians Ad Litem for Children in Juvenile
TFACA president Court Neglect, Abuse, and Dependency Proceedings.
for six years, was also The two-hour training was first introduced in the
re-appointed Lead Davidson County Region. It will be offered twice in each
Advocate for the region, as a daytime session and as an evening session.
State Board’s The group will be working with the Regional
Advocacy Program. She recently returned from the states Administrators in each region for assistance in preparation
of Louisiana and Georgia, where she helped the state for the training. Audiences for the training will include
associations as they prepared to present their Foster foster parents, DCS and private agency staff members, DCS
Parent Bill of Rights to their State Legislature. attorneys, and other attorneys who offer services to children
Betty is employ ed by the University of Tennessee in care—such as the guardians ad litem.
to facilitate and support the TFACA Foster Parent Child care will be provided at the training sessions.
Advocate Program and to coordinate and conduct Notices will be sent prior to the training for the opportunity
training on the Bill of Rights and other training to attend and receive credit.
Regional Directors’ program for recruitment and retention of foster
families in the designated regions.
Responsibilites 8. Inform the president prior to the meeting if unable to
attend, in a timely manner.
9. Report at board meetings what they have done, what
The regional directors have the following duties is planned, etc., for their regions.
and responsibilities as adopted by the state board: 1 0 . Share information for the newsletter from their
1. Attend and participate in all meetings of the 1 1 . Have shirts, pins, etc., ready to sell at their regional
TFACA Board. conference.
2. Keep updated list on local associations within 1 2 . Must be a member of the local association and
3. After each state TFACA Board meeting, send
written correspondence to the local presidents
keeping them informed of the business actions at
the meeting taken by the Board members and the Update on
changes or updates presented to the Board by the
State DCS Liaison.
4. Help the president search out and set up initial
association meetings for those counties not
presently having an association and attend if
possible. TFACA Board Members will receive mileage for travel
5. After the initial meeting, the Director will follow to the TFACA meetings at the current state rate reimbursed
up on the newly formed association and encourage by TFACA. The members must fill out a reimbursement
membership in TFACA and offer any assistance form and return it to the TFACA Treasurer. If members car
needed, keeping the President or Secretary pool, only the driver will be reimbursed. Advocacy Board
informed of any changes in association presidents Members and Advocates will be excluded if they are being
or inactive status. reimbursed for travel to an Advocacy Board meeting that is
6. Assist the president in resolving or helping local held prior to the TFACA meeting. If a member lives at least
associations with any questions, problems, rules, 50 miles from the location of the TFACA meeting, that
guidelines, etc., pertaining to Second Harvest Food member may claim accommodations for overnight expenses
Bank for associations within the region. if these accommodations have been pre-approved by the
7. Participate in the Recruitment Committee’s President.
Mark Your Calendars for the Upcoming TFACA Conference!
We are so excited as we begin to to make sure that you receive your training credits. The
plan the TFACA 2004 conference! rosters are input into a training database, and UT tracks
We had such a great response with all of the trainings and sends a report to DCS. We also
our location last year that we have provide training certificates that are yours to keep for
decided to again host the confer- your own record. The conference provides a great
ence at the Marriott Nashville opportunity for you to receive your 15 credit hours, as
Hotel, 600 Marriott Drive, Nashville, well as to celebrate your commitment to and love for
Tennessee, this year on October children with foster, adoptive, and kinship parents; DCS
1–3. The registration fee is $40.00 and private-agency staff members; and child advocates
per person for TFACA members and $125.00 per person from across the state. You all make a difference in the
for non-members. This is a great bargain! You can stay lives of children in the state of Tennessee!
in a luxurious hotel for two nights and three days, with
We look forward to seeing you in October.
four meals included for such a low price. This year’s
conference begins on Friday, which will allow more
opportunities for participants to get their training
hours. I would also like to remind folks to please sign Carolyn Biggers
the rosters for every workshop that you attend. We want UT Foster Care and Adoption Training Services
The National Foster Parent Association Helps Create a
New Legal Resource Manual for Foster Parents
compiled from information provided by The National Foster Parent Association
The National Foster Parent Association, the The Freddie Mac Foundation and the Annie E.
American Bar Association Center on Children and the Casey Foundation have long funded work that helps to
Law, and Legal Advocates for Permanent Parenting have bring about permanency and stability for children. The
recently collaborated to create a project entitled Children’s Bureau is the oldest federal agency for children
“Supporting Foster Parents: Rights, Responsibilities, and and is located within the United States Department of
Resources in Support of Children.” Health and Human Services' Administration for
The purpose of the project, which is funded by the Children and Families.
Freddie Mac Foundation, the Children’s Bureau, the The National Foster Parent Association is the only
Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the organization in the country orga-
donations of foster parents through- Unlike birth parents, nized to address the needs of foster
out the country, is to develop a legal parents, children in care, and the
resource manual that deals with the foster parents confront recruitment and, most impor-
many legal issues confronting foster tantly, the retention of quality
parents almost daily.
When birth parents attend
legal issues in virtually foster parents.
Legal Advocates for
school conferences, take their chil-
dren to the doctor, or go on a weekend
every aspect of their Permanent Parenting, a non-profit
confederation of attorneys and
outing, they require no special per- judges, was organized for the
mission from anyone. That is not the
dealings with children in purpose of helping foster parents
case with foster parents, yet liability through the morass of legal issues,
for actions of children makes no differ-
their care, from the especially in the area of permanency
entiation between birth children and planning for children in the child
foster children. seemingly mundane welfare system.
Foster parents have been held The American Bar Association
liable for actions of a foster child in activities of daily living Center on Children and the Law has
care, even to the extent of having to been a leader in promoting child
mortgage their homes to defend to the severing of parental welfare through legal channels. This
themselves. Being substitute parents, group came together with funds and
advocating for the children in their rights and adoption. expertise to develop the first four
care, and perhaps adopting those modules of this manual and an
same children requires not only parenting skills and lots accompanying curriculum to train foster parents and other
of patience, it also requires knowledge of the correct pro- child welfare professionals. The manual is being researched
cedures, state and agency laws and regulations, and and written by attorneys at the layperson’s level, but with
knowledge of their rights, under federal law, to be noti- references that attorneys and judges will find useful.
fied of meetings and court hearings at which life-altering Phase One of the project will provide information
decisions are being made for their foster children. about adoption to foster parents. Phase Two, which awaits
Approximately 60 percent of the children adopted funding approval, will include two additional modules as
out of the child welfare system are adopted by their fos- well as classes on liability and insurance issues and on
ter parents, so they also need to know the laws surround- adoption.
ing adoption. During state reviews on compliance with
the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA), the If you have any questions about the foster parent legal resource
manual project, please feel free to contact Dianne Kocer,
Children’s Bureau found that there was substantial work Administrative Assistant for the National Foster Parents
to do to ensure implementation of this law. Association, at 253-853-4000, or Email dkocer@NFPAinc.org.
T h e Fo s t e r e r
c / o T h e Un i ve r s i t y o f Te n n e s s e e US Postage
U T C o n f e re n c e C e n t e r Permit No. 481
6 0 0 He n l e y St r e e t , Su i t e B 8 0 Knoxville, TN
K n ox v i l l e , T N 3 7 9 9 6 - 4 1 0 4
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site at http://www.tfaca.org!
The University of Tennessee, Kno xville does not
discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, reli-
gion, national origin, age, disability or veteran
status in provision of educational pr ograms and
services or employment opportunities and benefits.
This policy extends to both emplo yment by and
admission to the University.
The University does not discriminate on the basis of
race, sex or disability in the education programs and
activities pursuant to the requirements of Title VI
of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,Title IX of the
Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of
the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.
Inquiries and charges of violation concerning Title
VI, Title IX, Section 504, ADA or the Age
Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) or any
of the other above-referenced policies should be
directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840
Melr ose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996, telephone
(865) 974-2498 (TTY available). Requests for
accommodation of a disability should be directed to
the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Human
Resources Management, 600 Henley Street,
Knoxville, TN 37996-4125.
PAN # R01-4018-050-002-04
H OLLOW R OCK, TN 38342
40 FOUST L ANE
BETTY HASTINGS, TREASURER
P LEASE REMIT TO:
ASSOCIATION TO SHOP AT S ECOND H A RVEST F OOD B ANKS .
**I F MARRIED, BOTH FOSTER PARENTS MUST BE MEMBERS OF STAT E
MEMBERSHIP RUNS FROM J ULY 1 THROUGH J UNE 30 OF EACH YEAR
PER COUPLE** D UES:$15 PER PERSON OR $30
(PLEASE CHECK ONE)
OT H E R DCS EMPLOYEE FOSTER /ADOPTIVE F AMILY
E-MAIL ADDRESS ___________________________________________________________________________
LOCAL FOSTER /ADOPTIVE PARENT ASSOCIATION ___________________________________________
TELEPHONE (AREA CODE ) __________________________________________________________________
C ITY/C OUNTY /STAT E/Z IP ___________________________________________________________________
N AME ______________________________________________________________________________________
D AT E _______________________
(Renewal on July 1st each year)
Tennessee Foster / Adoptive Care Association, INC .
forwarded! We must have a correct address in order to keep you on the mailing list.
Moving? Please notify us of your address change. The Fosterer will not be12