8,025 children and 7,043 families served since 7/1/12!


Children from abusive or neglectful homes, as well as children from loving families who may experience a troubled period, often lack the fundamental skills to succeed in school, their communities and life. They need a safe place to live, a nurturing environment in which to grow and the emotional and physical support that only comes from making the right Connections. This group of Porter-Leath programs is operated by clinical staff 24-hours a day, and focuses on providing residential, foster care, adoption, runaway and homeless services for children from birth to age 18 in a supportive and therapeutic environment.


Services Provided


  • Individual therapy and specialized treatment
  • Group and recreational therapy
  • Life skills training
  • Community referral and follow up
  • Family counseling
  • Meals and shelter





  • Children receive the physical, emotional and educational support they so desperately need
  • Stronger communities through healthier, young adults
  • Safe, therapeutic environment




Since its inception in 1850, Porter-Leath has cared for children without viable or stable families while continually broadening its scope to fill the community’s need. Porter-Leath opened its foster care and adoption program in 1986 to place children from abusive environments with parents willing to care for them in a home setting. In 1993, the doors to Sarah’s Place were opened to serve as a structured therapeutic shelter to meet the emergency needs of children. In 2005, Porter-Leath began operating the Runaway/Homeless Youth Program.


Other Facts


  • Clients qualify for services when they have been removed from their home due to child abuse or neglect, or are homeless.
  • Clients are referred through the TN Department of Children Services, community service providers, the school system and self-referrals.
  • Funding is provided by the TN Department of Children Services, the US Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families through a Runaway Homeless Youth grant and private donations.
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Once Tasha and her family put an effort into their family counseling, a solution becomes available.
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