Spotlight on Youth Villages in Upper Cumberland

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Join WCTE’s Get Ready To Learn host, Cynthia Putman and Tiffany Maynard, Foster Parent Recruiter for Youth Villages, as they discuss the need for Foster parents in the Upper Cumberland.

Maynard answers questions that people considering becoming Foster Parents will be able to use to help make an informed decision. Tiffany stresses that every day, Youth Villages serves thousands of troubled children and their families and we need your help.

Youth Villages foster parents must live in Tennessee or Mississippi and meet these simple eligibility requirements:

  • Be legally employed or have verifiable monthly income above the poverty line

  • Be single or legally married for at least one year or co-habitating for at least 3 years

  • Have homeowner's or renter's insurance

  • Have a current driver license, reliable transportation, and car insurance

  • Be at least 25 years of age

  • Pass a criminal background check

  • Be tolerant of differences in racial, ethnic, religious and educational backgrounds

  • Once you are deemed eligible, you will have to complete a training course and an in-home interview before you are certified to receive a foster child.

Youth Villages provides help for children and young people across the United States who face a wide range of emotional, mental and behavioral problems. The organization works to find solutions using proven treatment models that strengthen the child’s family and support systems and dramatically improve their long-term success.

Did you know that Youth Villages helped more than 25,000 children, young people, and their families in the past year across the United States? Maynard points out that last week in Putnam County, 120 children were removed from their parent or guardian. She explains that often drug addiction is the reason a parent is unable to parent their child.

Youth Villages' Cookeville, Tenn., office provides:

  • Intensive in-home services

  • Foster care and adoption

  • YVLifeSet

  • Crisis services

Youth Villages is located at 448 Neal St. in Cookeville. You can reach them by phone at 931-525-6900. 

Tiffany explains that the Cookeville office is seeking foster parents for children in our care. Youth Villages provides free foster parent training, monthly reimbursements to help offset the costs of adding a child to your household and ongoing, 24-hour support. Tiffany is willing to meet and discuss the Foster Parent Process at Youth Villages and can be reached at 931-525-6905.

Youth Villages offers free orientation and training sessions at the Youth Villages offices in Cookeville.

Learn more about our foster care program, or contact Karina Capellino at 931-525-6905 or to find out more, learn the dates of the next orientation and training sessions, or schedule a private orientation class.

If you are interested in Volunteering for Youth Villages check out these opportunities:

Youth Villages offers numerous opportunities to volunteer – and not just on our residential campuses. Here are just a few examples:

  • Work at a Youth Villages event

  • Adopt a campus cottage/cabin

  • Teach job and interview skills

  • Recruit foster parents

  • Coordinate donation drives

  • Teach kids a talent

  • Become a Birthday Hero or Holiday Hero

  • Provide a personal service

  • Offer spiritual guidance

By volunteering, you can provide a direct, positive force in the lives of young people being treated through Youth Villages, or help us raise funds for our programs by the donation of your valuable time. All your efforts are deeply appreciated and help us fulfill our mission of helping families live successfully. In addition to individual volunteers, many companies arrange for groups of their employees to volunteer together. Civic organizations, churches, or other groups often volunteer together, as well.

Tiffany also shares about the PATH program- Parents as Tender Healers, the Foster Parent Support Group, and adoption. 

Want resources for talking to your kids about adoption? Check out this great article on PBS Parents about adoption. 

For more information about this program or Education and Community Impact at WCTE call Kristy Keeling at 931-528-2222 ext 303.


Tune in each Saturday morning at 9:30 for the WCTE Get Ready To Learn Radio Show, with host Cindy Putman on Zimmer Broadcasting's The HUB 107.7 FM and 1400 AM.


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