History

For over 127 years, Tennessee Baptist Children’s Homes has been providing Christ-centered, nurturing homes for children in hard places. Mrs. Georgia Eastman, who in 1891 felt led by the Lord to provide a Christian home for orphaned children, organized a committee of faithful ladies to pursue the work. In just six months, the home (The Hotel Delaware in West Nashville) was rented (for $50/month) and furnished, and the ministry accepted the first children into care.

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In 1911, the board of managers purchased its new site on Franklin Road in what would become Brentwood, TN. Soon there were dormitories, a hospital, a working dairy farm and a school on the campus. Through the years, TBCH has added other campuses and other ministries. Currently there are three residential campuses that provide on-campus homes for children not in state custody. Those campuses are located in Brentwood, Millington and Chattanooga.

In 2013, TBCH partnered with Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services (DCS) to provide certified foster families across the state for children who come into state custody. In 2014, TBCH renamed its foster care program to The George Shinn Foster Care Program.

In 2018, TBCH launched its Family Care initiative to provide resources to families and churches who are caring for children from hard places.

Though the buildings, children and staff are different, we believe the same Lord who called Mrs. Georgia Eastman is still leading us to care for children and families and is faithful to provide through His people.

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Impact Stories

Elija

Faith 2018

 

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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Laurie

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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Chase

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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Cat

Some people think the younger generation is lazy, but you certainly couldn’t say that about Cat, one of our residents in Brentwood. “I can not wait to get a job,” she says. Cat has been with TBCH for almost five years, four of which were on our Memphis campus. Since streamlining our West Tennessee campuses,…

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Tiffany

Tiffany became a Christ Follower last year. “When I first came to TBCH, I was not good. I was getting in trouble at school…and I feel like TBCH gave me the power to choose ‘good.’ They were the ones to show me that doing good is not weak. So they gave me the choice to…

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Second Chances 2018

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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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