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Foster Care

Since our founding as an orphanage in 1850, Porter-Leath has provided a safe, nurturing home for children. Due to lack of need for orphanages in the US during the 1950s and 1960s, Porter-Leath transitioned to foster care and still provides great homes for at-risk children.


Each year, Porter-Leath Foster Care provides homes to over 100 youth in Shelby County. To support the program, several items are always very helpful to the agency, such as school supplies, toiletries, towels, car seats and diapers. To donate, call 901-577-2500.


The agency is always in need of more great foster parents and resource homes. If youre interested in becoming a foster parent, check the qualifications below as well as the Parents as Tender Healers (PATH) training calendar. The application can be found here.


Resource Parent Criteria and PATH Information

  • 24 years of age or older
  • Must reside in Shelby County
  • Mush have a valid TN driver’s license
  • Landline telephone
  • No more than six children in the home, including birth children
  • No more than three children under the age of 3
  • Must past all backgrounds checks; do not have any felonies (including DUI or domestic charges)
  • Have working transportation or access to transportation
  • Have reliable income (not including AFDC or Section 8 housing)
  • Any adult in the home 18 years or older must complete PATH training including any additional training required. PATH (Parents As Tender Healers) is a training program designed for foster/adoptive parents in the State of Tennessee. It is to provide families with an honest and realistic look at caring for children in the child welfare system. The course is divided into 4 sessions, which will run for 4 weeks. An additional CPR/First Aid and Medication Administration for Resource Parent class will also have to be completed.
  • Must work cooperatively with agency to meet the needs of the child.


For questions or for more information about Foster Care at Porter-Leath, please contact Lillian Hampton or call (901) 577-2500 ext. 1179.

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