to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities lead safe, stable, and fulfilling lifestyles

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Tennessee Family Solutions

Dozens of agencies in Middle Tennessee provide services for people who have developmental disabilities. Only a few agencies, however, are meeting the challenges of serving people in the community whose disabilities are multiple and severe. One agency is especially dedicated to providing the families/guardians of people with severe disabilities the peace of mind that comes with knowing that their loved ones receive high quality care and services, overseen by a governing board consisting of families/guardians just like them – and that agency is TFS.

TFS is the first private agency in Tennessee founded by families/guardians specifically to meet the special needs of people in transition from living in a state Developmental Center, and people with similar needs. TFS has: A proven track record of serving people with high levels of need in the community (initially, nearly all of the people we served had transitioned from Clover Bottom Developmental Center); A strong commitment to high quality, innovation, use of best practices, comprehensive and ongoing quality evaluation, and program improvement; The initial support of professional consultants from the University of Kansas who have conducted applied research in the field of developmental disabilities for decades, with 25-plus years of experience serving people with severe disabilities in community settings; Utilization of the Teaching Family Model; A “family matters” philosophy.

TFS was founded in 1999, is organized as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, and is licensed by the state of Tennessee’s Division of Intellectual Disabilities Services to provide comprehensive services in Middle Tennessee.




Teaching Family Association

Tennessee Family Solutions is an accredited sponsor agency for the Teaching Family Association Collective.Teching Family Association Collective

Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Tennessee Family Solutions is a subcontracting agency through the DIDD.