The state of Tennessee gave a warm welcome to Destiny Adoption when it received its state license in November.
And Destiny gave a big, warm welcome to its new executive director for Tennessee, Kristen McBee. With an eight-year background in social work, including foster care and adoption, Kristen feels this opportunity fits her like a glove.
She has experience, knowledge and statewide connections, but most importantly, she is a birth parent, child and adoptive family champion. “I look forward to helping birth parents through the process of considering adoption and sharing the resources available to them in our community,” said Kristen. “I’m especially excited about providing post-adoption support to birth moms.”
Her vision, which is becoming a reality, is to offer free lifetime counseling and a Birth Parent Support Group to help birth moms to hope, heal, overcome addiction, secure jobs, gain stability and empower themselves so that, in the future, their situations won’t make adoption necessary.
Birth parent support group meetings will be held monthly, and they will be based on a curriculum created by Lifetime Healing, a post-placement care organization dedicated to providing lifetime resources and tools for birth parents.
Destiny Adoption Tennessee also looks forward to supporting adoptive families. During a seven-year struggle with infertility, Kristen and her husband learned firsthand the heartache that some couples go through. She has seen the blessing families can experience when they adopt and receive the gift of a child.
During her years in social work, Kristen also witnessed countless children in the foster care system. To feel the pain of children, who never had to opportunity to connect and learn to form healthy attachments and meaningful relationships with family, is another motivation for this Tennessee native and Destiny Adoption to expand its services to the state.
Although many foster care programs’ goals are to reunite children with their biological parents or family, it does not often work out that way. Over an eight-year period, Kristen saw more than 150 children adopted out of the foster care system, but many more children are never adopted and age out of the system with little to no support after the age of 18.
Helping children enter the world and matching them with a family, who can help them thrive from day one is another opportunity I’m excited about. It’s something children in foster care are not afforded, and it’s refreshing to be able to help make it possible,” said Kristen.
Destiny Adoption is a state licensed adoption agency, with over 40 years of private, nonprofit adoption experience. We believe in partnerships with other community organizations, who can help birth parents if they choose to parent, need treatment for addiction, want career training or need other services. Destiny in Tennessee is already building those partnerships, with programs such as LeConte Recovery and Tennessee Alliance for Children and Families, and we are excited to announce more partnerships as they are formed.
At Destiny, our birth mom advocates and adoption specialists are available 24 hours a day to help you. Our team in Tennessee and Florida is made up of moms, adoptive moms and birth moms. We serve our birth parents, families and children from the heart, and it is a privilege for us to make the adoption journey with you.
Destiny Adoption Services — Tennessee
10341 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, Tennessee 37922
Author: Destiny Adoption Services
Destiny Adoption Services is proud to support and guide birth parents and adoptive families on the journey of adoption. We’re a state licensed nonprofit adoption agency with four decades of adoption experience, and our professional team of experts includes moms, adoptive moms and birth mothers who provide compassion combined with trusted resources and skills.