When children and teens are removed from their parents' homes out of concern for their safety or welfare, the Tennessee Department of Children's Services staff usually brings them to their office while they search for a foster home or residential placement.
The wait can be several hours to, in some desperate cases, several days. These children and teens often have nothing with them and are frightened, lonely, hungry and most often angry and confused.
We seek to provide a comforting home environment where these children can be brought to wait; somewhere that is safe with friendly volunteers that provide clean clothes, toys, smiles and food. A place of calm and rest in the midst of such emotional confusion. This home environment allows the children and teens to receive the support and comfort they need while the DCS staff are able to do the necessary paperwork and identify an appropriate placement for them.