Welcome to the Tennessee Alliance for Children and Families

The Tennessee Alliance for Children and Families (TN Alliance) is an alliance of private child welfare service providers from across the state of Tennessee.

Extension of Foster Care

View Links for an Overview, Resource Centers, Supportive Housing and Case Management.

Fostering Opportunities

If you are interested in fostering or mentoring a child, or would like to provide support to foster parents, please click on the region where you reside for a list of private providers.

Our Mission

“To serve as a voice for our members in enhancing the well-being of children, families and communities in Tennessee.”

Guiding Principles

The family, community and government share responsibility for the safety and well-being of children;


In 1952, the Tennessee Association of Child Caring Institutions was established to improve services for children…

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About Tennessee Alliance for Children & Families

Who is the Tennessee Alliance?
TN Alliance members play a vital role in making sure every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential and contribute to their communities.

In the past, the TN Alliance members have collectively:

  • Served more than 70,000 children, youth, and families
  • Served over 50% of the children/youth in DCS custody
  • Created nearly 500 forever families through adoption
  • Reunited approximately 1,100 children/youth with birth parents
  • Transitioned over 200 children/youth to Kinship homes
  • TACF members leverage nearly $45 million in private community funds annually to support the children in custody.
  • Employment of an estimated 8,600 Tennesseans
  • Recruited more than 2,200 foster families
  • Significant cost savings as a result of prevention services and timely reunification
Who Does the Membership Serve?
Children with mental illness, developmental disabilities, problem behaviors

Families with parenting and addiction issues

Children and youth who are abused, neglected and vulnerable

Youth in need of 24/7 out of home care due to trauma, mental illness, delinquency, and substance abuse

The community by taking care of their children in safe, nurturing environments

What Do Members Do For Tennessee’s Children and Families?
Provide an array of services to the most vulnerable children and youth

Recruit and train quality foster homes

Find “forever families” and facilitate adoptions by providing therapy, guidance and support

Assist with the elimination of barriers to family reunification

Provide services and assistance to youth transitioning to adulthood

Seek private funding to supplement programs and services

How Do Members Help Tennessee?
Improve timely outcomes for children and families, resulting in significant cost savings to the State of Tennessee

Identify redundancies and waste in departments serving children

Provide expert advice on legislation that impacts children and families

Partner with state agencies to find solutions and establish best practices

I cannot imagine having responsibility for residential services for children and youth with no support to deal with federal and state laws, rules, and other requirements without the Tennessee Alliance.
Noelle Grimes

Division Director for Children’s Continuum Services, Frontier Health

I find the board to be a passionate group of professionals who are willing to fight for the right things. Darci Halfman, the Executive Director, is a consummate professional who leads the organization well.
Hughes Johnson

Managing Director of Compliance and Performance Improvement, Youth Villages

The Tennessee Alliance has been so instrumental in providing the necessary information, resources, and advocacy we need to successfully provide services that our return on investment is second to none!
Tamela Rystrom

Operations Director – MCS , MillarRich

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(615) 788-1555

Emergency Hotlines

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please reach out for help.

TN Community Services Helpline: 2-1-1

Mental Health Mobile Crisis: 1-855-CRISIS-1 or 1-855-274-7471

Child Abuse Hotline: 1-877-237-0004

Suicide Prevention: 1-800-273-8255

Runaway/Homeless Youth Hotline: 1-888-373-7888

Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-356-6767

Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-866-811-7473

United Way Helpline: 1-800-318-9335

Substance Abuse Hotline: 800-889-9789

In case of an emergency and in life-threatening situations, call: 9-1-1

Code of Ethics

View the Code of Ethics which governs the type of organizations that we allow to become members of TN Alliance

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