PATH Training

What is PATH?

pathlogoPATH (“Parents As Tender Healers”) is an intensive education course designed to orient prospective adoptive, foster and kinship care parents to the world of child welfare. Classes are offered to families who are interested in becoming resource homes for Centerstone. (For more information on FOSTERING see our FAQ page.)

Based on the vision of its creators, the series serves as a guide through the complexities of the child welfare system and discusses the ways that the system affects children and families. It also provides opportunities for participants to assess their own strengths and resources and to determine whether they are ready to take on the role of resource parent at this time.

PATH is based on the belief that children grow and develop better in families, where they can build lasting relationships. Children who have been a part of the child welfare system need stability and continuity that can be provided by foster, adoptive and kinship care families.


CONTACT US TODAY to see when the next training will be held in your area!


Tennessee Valley (Chattanooga and surrounding areas)

Current Class: THURSDAYS May 1 2014-  July 17 2014

Contact: Michelle Snow 423-710-5843  | Email:


Davidson County

Class In Progress / Started Thursday June 12th

Contact: Emily Brown at  615-587-7933  | Email:


Upper Cumberland

Classes Forming Soon – Contact Jessica Branch

JESSICA BRANCH – Phone: (931) 644-8949 | Email:


South Central 

Classes forming now – First class to begin on Thursday July 17th

CONTACT: Melanie Harwell – Phone: (931) 224-6592



Mid Cumberland / (Classes held in the Clarksville Area)

Class in Progress

CONTACT: Stacey Irish – Phone: (931) 503-4611 | Email: