Knoxville Chapter

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About Our Chapter

About Our Chapter

Our Team

Safe Families for Children is staffed by two experienced leaders.  Dr. Janet Cockrum launched the East TN ministry in 2011.  She continues in her role as the Chapter Director.  Cara Foster and her family hosted over 50 children before she joined the team as Family Coach Supervisor and Lead Case Manager.  This dynamic team wears multiple hats and are known for their contagious enthusiasm and love for moms and children who need help connecting to community resources.

The engine behind Safe Families is our faith communities and their volunteers. Our volunteers are a priceless resource bringing transforming support to the East TN families in difficult life situations.  Tennessee is known as The Volunteer State and the Safe Families ministry is driven by the volunteers that not only host children, but actively engage in relationships and being a support to the families we minister to.

Our Churches

Our churches play a significant role in recruiting and supporting their people to serve and reach out to parents who are in a crisis situation. Churches of all sizes and various denominations are actively engaged in the ministry. Our volunteers come from the smallest to largest congregations.  They are motivated to bring the love and compassion of Jesus to their neighbors and to show practical authentic love, kindness and bring hope!

Our Families

We currently have over 111 approved and active Host Families serving in East Tennessee.  Another team of volunteers provide services of transportation, mentoring, employment assistance or when needed, tangible items such as diapers, baby equipment, food and medical assistance.

Contact Us

Contact: Dr. Janet Cockrum
Phone: 865.257.1883

5401 Kingston Pike
Suite 275
Knoxville, TN 37919

Serving: Knox, Blount and surrounding counties

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Janet Cockrum, Ph.D. - Chapter Director

Cara Foster - Case Manager