Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

April 17, 2013

Centerstone expands foster care services to Upper Cumberland region


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CROSSVILLE — Centerstone, one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit providers of community-based mental health and addiction services, today announced the expansion of its Therapeutic Foster Care Services to include residents of Cannon, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, Van Buren, Warren and White counties. The organization will serve children between 12 and 18-years-old who have been placed in state custody.

“We are thrilled to offer Centerstone’s Therapeutic Foster Care Services to residents of the Upper Cumberland region,” said John Page, COO of Centerstone’s Specialized Services. “Our program will help children in this area find a loving, safe and supportive home environment. As our services continue to grow, we hope more people will become involved and consider becoming foster parents.”

Centerstone has begun training local families through a four-week certification course titled “Parents As Tender Healers,” or PATH, a requirement for all foster parents. PATH is designed to equip parents with a fundamental knowledge and understanding of the child welfare system, effective discipline, first aid and CPR, medication administration and other physical and emotional needs their adoptive or foster children may have.

Families can find more information, including training schedules, FAQs and how to get involved with the program, please call Jessica Branch, Foster Care Coordinator, at (931) 644-8949 or visit www.centerstonefcs.org.

About Centerstone

Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health and addiction services to people of all ages for more than 55 years. Through more than 50 facilities and 160 partnership locations across Middle Tennessee, Centerstone serves 50,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. Centerstone is accredited by CARF International and a member organization of the National Football League’s NFL Life Line. For more information about Centerstone, please call 888-291-4357 or visit www.centerstone.org.