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Harmony Family Center

Harmony’s mission is to serve children, families and communities through counseling, education, and adoption. Since our founding in 1996 Harmony’s focus has been finding forever families for children, domestically, internationally, and through the child-welfare system. Our work with families often begins at placement and continues throughout the adoption journey.

Now, as an extension of that programming and growing out of its mission, Harmony is in the process of renovating the former YMCA Camp Montvale. The 364-acre property is eight miles from Maryville, Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Harmony Family Center provides therapeutic family camps at Montvale for children adopted from the state welfare system and their adoptive/foster parents. The family camps will offer a variety of therapeutic and recreational activities. Montvale will be also available to the community for a range of use, from meetings, retreats, and weddings to educational programs, adventure based learning, and environmental learning. Community use allows us to generate income to maintain the property.

Harmony’s Impact on Tennessee’s Families

  • Each year Harmony serves over 1000 children and youth in Tennessee – all of whom were formerly in Tennessee’s foster-care system.
  • Last year Harmony found homes for over 100 youth who had been labeled the “long-stayers” by the system … most were older with special physical or emotional needs, and all had lost hope in the dream of a family.
  • Our adoption disruption rate is less than 1%, while the national average is 15-20%

Objectives

  • To find safe, permanent homes for the most vulnerable children
  • To support successful adoption by providing support services to adoptive families
  • To reduce the number of children aging out of foster care without a permanent family

Fiscal Impact of Our Programs

  • According to Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services, our post-adoptions services program saves our state $6.5 million each year by keeping adoptive families together
  • The average cost of foster care is $100 per day
  • The average cost of an adoption subsidy is $25 per day. Finding homes for 120 youth last year saved the state millions of dollars.

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