Providing a safe, affirming, family environment where families and children are supported through the power of community, nature, kindness, acceptance and education.
SAFE IS A RESOURCE TO: Foster parents, foster youth, neglected and abused youth, families in need, the Department of Children Services (DCS) and other local agencies and organizations serving at-risk youth and families.
SAFE's primary mission includes 1) educating the community on the desperate need of foster parents and foster homes in Middle Tennessee 2) connecting those individuals or couples interested in fostering with the Department of Child Services to learn more and hopefully begin their journey of certification 3) providing a physical space and location as a resource for foster families, agencies, organizations and other state resources to use to support their families, clients and programs 4) providing resources to foster youth aging out of the system, educating them on their options and benefits, and most importantly helping them prepare for independent living through life skill training.
As of May of 2015, according to AdoptUsKids.org, there are 8,146 children in foster care and 320 children available for adoption in the state of Tennessee. These children entered foster care through no fault of their own, as victims of child abuse, neglect or abandonment. The parental rights of those available for adoption have been terminated.
foster teen back to school bash! Register Here
What is it? This is a daylong event for youth in state custody. They will have the opportunity to learn about benefits available to teens in custody, tour a farm, eat fabulous food, mingle with other teens in custody and have FUN activities throughout the day. Each youth will also receive a backpack filled with school supplies.
Who can attend? Any youth between the ages 14-17 that are in state custody. Please be thoughtful about youth that are currently experiencing major behavioral issues.
Date/Times: Saturday, June 28th, 2018. Drop off is at the Williamson County DCS office at 9:00 a.m. and pickup is at the DCS office at 6:00p.m. Youth will be transported to the Gratitude Ranch from this location.
FORK & VINE 2018 TICKETS
Join us Friday, September 28, 2018 from 6PM - 9PM for Fork & Vine, our largest annual fundraising event for S.A.F.E. (Safe, Affirming, Family Environment)! This event allows us to continue our services to the community, particularly to local foster families and foster children in Middle Tennessee. The evening will include a meal in our magic meadow, fine wines, live entertainment, guest presenters and speakers, and a celebrity guest appearance. There will also be a silent auction.
We are encouraging businesses and organizations to sponsor a table for 10. Individual tickets may also be purchased. CLICK HERE or click the RSVP button below to purchase your tickets.
TAKE a Peak AT our two most popular programs!
Foster A Farm Pet
Find out about our #1 program that offers fun for families in our community while also giving them the opportunity to support foster families in Middle TN. By choosing to foster one of our farm pets for a minimum monthly donation, you and your family become 'Farm Friends' of Gratidude Ranch.
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Country Birthday Bash
Our 2nd largest program is our Country Birthday Bash program. When families in the community book a birthday bash for their child at Gratidude Ranch, they help us provide FREE Birthday Bash's for foster children at NO COST TO FOSTER PARENTS!
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