Haslam Announces 'Tennessee Fosters' Program

Posted at 4:45 PM, Dec 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-05 17:56:24-05

A new program announced by Governor Bill Haslam focuses on raising awareness of foster children in Tennessee.

The program is called Tennessee Fosters, and aims raise awareness while working with churches, businesses, community leaders and non-profits to encourage more people to become foster parents.

However, the ultimate goal is to help more kids find "forever homes," like Anne Marie, who entered the system at thirteen, and at eighteen, found her "forever family."

"When I got adopted I knew, when she had, I had heard that they were looking for me, that they wanted me, that they were fighting for me and we signed those papers I knew this was permanent. I finally, in my heart knew that I was theirs and they were mine and no one could ever take that away from me ever again," she said.

Currently there are more than 6,000 children in Tennessee's foster system and only 4,000 foster parents.