Building a safe, welcoming environment for children and youth awaiting foster placement.
About TANL House
Though many events may lead up to an emergency removal of a child from their caregiver, the moment itself usually happens fast. For this reason, when a child or teen is removed, they can sit and wait for hours or even overnight in the DCS office while a suitable foster or kinship family is found. Imagine how it would feel to be picked up unexpectedly from your home, school, or a hospital and have to wait in an office to find out where you're going to live.
We can make this hard day a little easier by showing kids they are loved and creating a place where their needs are met. At the TANL House, they can eat a home-cooked meal, play with toys, talk to a compassionate volunteer, or just zone out on a comfy couch. The TANL House is not yet operational, but construction is progressing quickly and we hope to open the doors in 2024.
Here are just a few of the things TANL House will provide:
Home-like living space with comfortable seating
Fully-stocked kitchen with healthy and kid-friendly food
Play space with toys and activities for all ages
Full bathrooms with clean towels and any toiletry item they need
A private office for caseworkers to make calls regarding placements
Trauma-informed, trained volunteers to care for children during their stay
Safety, security, and accessibility are our top priorities. Here are some of the measures we've planned:
Strict protocols for access to the house
Background checks and training for all volunteers
Supervision by staff or lead volunteer at all times
Adherence to applicable building and safety codes
Wheelchair-accessible first floor, including living spaces and bathroom