Resources for Adoptive Parents


Here’s information on four organizations that can help you during or after the adoption process. From education to counseling to care, they provide a range of services and support for both children and families.

Adoption Support and Preservation (ASAP)

The Adoption Support and PreservationProgram (ASAP) helps adoptive parents succeed on every level. Its statewide system supports children and families with pre- and post-adoption services including:

Adoption preparation training

Crisis intervention


Support groups

Relief team development

Parenting education

These services are available to Tennessee families who have adopted, are contemplating adoption, or have declared their intent to adopt through Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services.

Any family residing in the state of Tennessee, at any stage of the adoption process, with an adopted child or children 18 years of age or younger, is eligible to participate for free. Families who have adopted privately or internationally may have to pay a fee for service.

Contact the ASAP helpline at 888-848-ASAP (2727) to begin services and to learn more about the program.

Agape Child and Family Services, Inc.

Agape Child and Family Services, Inc. serves children, the families that touch them, and the communities that surround them throughout the Mid-South. Its mission is to provide children and families with stable, healthy homes.

Agape works to secure family life for children and promote family stability through a comprehensive program of loving, child-centered foster care and adoption services; caring maternity services; professional, goal-oriented counseling; and educational/training programs.

Services include:

Prenatal counseling for unplanned pregnancies

Care for homeless and pregnant women

Adoption services

Foster care

Family counseling

Housing for homeless pregnant women

Contact Agape Child and Family Services


Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc.


Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc. serves more than 60,000 people in communities throughout Middle Tennessee, developing and providing human services for people in need.

Services include:

Family assistance and community employment services

Pregnancy counseling, adoption services and adoption support

Refugee services

Child welfare services

Geriatric care and support services

Counseling for individuals and families

Hispanic family services, including ESL (English as a Second Language), and immigration services

How to contact Catholic Charities or call: 615-352-3087

Harmony Family Center

HarmonyFamily Center helps grow families through adoption. In addition to assisting the placement of children, Harmony works to promote health, safety and emotional well-being for children and families through assessment, education, treatment and support.

Education, counseling and support services are essential aspects of the adoption process. By developing national and local partnerships, combining skills, perspective and ingenuity, the center makes a difference for those it serves.

Email Harmony Family Center or call 865-982-5225

You’ll find more resources at the AdoptUSKids website.

Learn how to become a foster parent.