Governor Haslam launches new foster care initiative

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Philadelphia CBS News

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Governor Bill Haslam announced the launch of a new program that aims to encourage more Tennesseans to become foster parents or support those who are.

The new initiative is called TN Fosters.

“Every child has the right to a loving family,” Gov. Haslam said. “Tennessee currently has well over 6,000 children in foster care, through no fault of their own. More than 4,000 incredible foster parents have stepped up to provide a safe and supportive environment to these children. At the same time, we are always looking for more foster families to help us get these children safe, healthy and back on track.”

Over the next nine months, the program aims to recruit at least 100 homes for children in need of adoption and recruit at least 10 percent more foster homes than in 2016.

Another focus of the campaign is to get 5 percent of local churches involved to help support these families and children.

In total, there’s an estimated 7,900 children in child protective services, foster care, adoption, independent living programs and juvenile justice in the state of Tennessee.