Foster parents needed, training starts Sept. 1

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Youth Villages logoMEMPHIS, Tenn. — Youth Villages is looking for caring adults in Shelby, Tipton and Fayette counties who want to make a difference in the lives of children in need of loving foster homes. Free foster parent training starts Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Youth Villages Office at 5515 Shelby Oaks Dr. in Memphis.

Children enter foster care when their homes are not deemed safe or appropriate. Many children who are taken into foster care have experienced abuse, neglect or other trauma and may have emotional and behavioral issues. Children in foster care receive therapy and support but need a nurturing, committed family to help them understand they are loved and can thrive. Many children in foster care end up returning to a member of their birth family, while others will need an adoptive family. Foster families are first in line to adopt. Youth Villages helps guide families who want to adopt their foster child through the adoption process. Adoptions through Youth Villages are free.

Youth Villages provides free training and 24/7 support to foster families, as well as foster parent support groups. Foster parents also receive a monthly stipend to help offset the cost of adding a child to their household.

Read more facts about Youth Villages operations in Tennessee online. (Did you know Youth Villages operates in every county in the state?) Also see:

If you would like to open your heart and home to a child or want to learn more about being a foster parent,call Tiffany Dickerson at (901) 252-1290 or email her at

See a Youth Villages public service announcement online at