Therapeutic Foster Care serves children and teens who are in state custody due to abuse or neglect and who have behavioral or emotional problems. TRACES is a licensed, child-placing agency through the Tennessee Department Children’s Services. The TRACES program includes adoption services. Foster Parents help these special children to meet specific goals in this process, but they don't have to travel that road alone! The TRACES staff provides training and 24-hour support for foster care and adoptive families. Children in foster care range in age from 3 to 18 years of age and are determined to have priority need for therapeutic care by the state.

Who Can Foster/Adopt?

  • Persons age 21 and older
  • Persons who rent or own
  • Persons financially able to support a family
  • Married couples
  • Single parents
  • Families with or without children

Become a TRACES Foster / Adoptive Parent

Call the Northeast Tennessee regional TRACES staff at 1-423-224-1043. Their local office is in Kingsport, Tenn. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Can you open your heart and home and make a difference in the life of a special child through TRACES?

Being a Foster Child

Imagine being removed from home clutching the few things you can carry. You leave your belongings, your bed and your family behind. Your siblings may go, too, but not always together. You don’t understand why. How could you? Taken from all you know, who will be there to help? Be one of the TRACES Parents who've helped more than 1,200 children in the last 20 years.