The journey to adoption often begins with foster care. At KidLink, we understand the unique complexities and joys of the foster-to-adoption process, and we’re here to guide you every step of the way.

Adoption within the Tennessee Foster Care system

In Tennessee, prospective parents must foster a child for a minimum of six months before adoption can occur. This period allows the child and prospective parents to build a relationship and ensures that the adoption will be in the child’s best interest.

The foster-to-adoption journey may seem complex, but you’re not alone. KidLink provides comprehensive support and education throughout the process. From the initial foster application to the celebration of adoption, we are with you at every step, ensuring a smooth transition for both you and the child.

The Cost of Adoption

One common question we receive is about the cost of adoption. In most cases, adopting a child from the State of Tennessee through KidLink is free, including attorney fees and court costs. We, along with the State of Tennessee, work to remove financial barriers to adoption, allowing qualified parents from all backgrounds the opportunity to expand their families through adoption.

Post-Adoption Support

Our support doesn’t end at adoption. Adopted children often qualify for continued state assistance, including medical assistance and mental health programs. In addition, depending on each child’s individual circumstances, they may be eligible for educational benefits, tuition assistance, subsidies and other forms of assistance. At KidLink, we’re committed to providing resources and support post-adoption to ensure the continued success of your family.

Open your heart, and your home.

Become a KidLink foster parent and give a child the love, support and stability they deserve.