Foster Care

The George Shinn Foster Care Program

TBCH has partnered with Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services (DCS) to provide certified foster families for children who come into state custody. We do not receive any money from the state to do so allowing us to train and support evangelical Christian foster parents. By carefully selecting our families, children placed in the care of our families will not only be cared for physically, but will be surrounded by the love of Christ and be exposed to the hope of the Gospel.

George Shinn Foster Care Logo-2018

Become A Foster Parent

Why become a foster parent with TBCH? When you provide a family for a child in need of care, you become part of the TBCH family. TBCH is committed to helping you succeed beginning with the first contact and continuing as long as you are part of the TBCH Family. TBCH’s primary focus is to support the family in overcoming barriers that prohibit both the child's development and the ongoing operation of a positive family system. Additionally, a TBCH Foster Care Case Manager supports every foster family. The Foster Care Case Manager partners with the family to develop support services when assistance, support, direction, and advocacy are needed.



The soon-to-released film Mully tells the real-life tale of Charles Mully, an abandoned child of Kenya’s streets turned business magnate. He and his family had come to know all the lavish trappings of success. But in a dramatic turn, Mully senses God calling them away from privilege and power, to give themselves instead to the…

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Speak! Good Dog.

This may come as a surprise to you, but my dog talks. Not only does Max talk, but he happens to be quite persuasive.   Words, of course, don’t come from his mouth, but my sweet wife gives him voice and he says stuff ALL the time. “Daddeee, will you take me for a wawk?” “Wook…

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Everyone Can Do Something

As we look at how the cooperative efforts of the Body of Christ work themselves out through the care of the orphaned and vulnerable, we find the same premise to hold true – we’re not all called to do the same thing, but we’re all certainly capable of doing something. We all have a role…

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Encourage A Foster Family

Families who open their homes to foster children need local support in order to be successful. Providing meals, respite care to foster parents, transportation assistance, encouragement and prayer support... find out how you can help.

Regional Supervisors

TBCH Foster Care is divided into three regions with a Regional Foster Care Supervisors (RFCS) over each region. They oversee the recruitment and final approval of foster homes in conjunction with the Vice President of Foster Care. The RFCS will also provide supervision for the Foster Care Case Managers in their region.

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Laurie Gardner

Middle TN

Phone: (615) 376-3160

Laurie Gardner

West TN

Phone: (615) 376-3160

Kacey Bush

East TN

Phone: (423) 353-1016

Impact Stories


Psalm 127:3-5 Children are a heritage from the LORD, Offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior Are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man Whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame When they contend with their opponents in court. The Lord…

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George Shinn Foster Care Program 2018

Travis & Amanda

We had been praying for 6 years about becoming foster parents. We were positive that this was a direction God was leading us. Through our jobs in education we have worked with several foster children which only strengthened our desire to eventually become foster parents. I remember looking at training dates several times, but we just…

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After almost 3 years in foster care, Chase* was ready to be reunited with his mom and to be able to go home and live with her. At the beginning of those 3 years, both Chase and his mom had some major issues that made it unsafe for them to be together. Chase was diagnosed…

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Shayla and Selena

It’s not every day I get to witness two happy endings come together in such a beautiful way, but this was one of those days. In November 2017, we had a foster parent appreciation dinner on the Bartlett campus, and two of the children there were Shayla and Selena.   Shayla and Selena had not seen…

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