Centerstone Expands into Chattanooga Area

Organization will provide important foster care services to children and families in southeastern Tennessee

Chattanooga, Tenn.—Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization providing a wide range of mental health and addiction services, today announced it is expanding its reach to serve residents in the Hamilton County and Southeast Tennessee areas. The organization has begun providing services to children and families through its innovative Foster Parent Program. The program provides foster care, case management and therapy for children and teenagers, ages 12 to 18, who are in state custody.

The expansion of the Foster Parent Program represents Centerstone’s first service offering in the southeastern Tennessee region. The non-profit organization currently provides foster care services in 49 Tennessee counties.

“We are pleased to bring Centerstone’s vital foster care services to the greater Chattanooga community,” said Dr. Bob Vero, CEO of Centerstone. “Our Foster Parent Program will help children in this area find a loving, safe and supportive home environment. As the program grows, we hope more people will become involved and consider becoming foster parents.”

The new Hamilton County and Southeast area Foster Parent Program is led by Program Manager James L. “Red” McCormick, a former foster child with more than 22 years of experience in social services management. As part of the program, Centerstone will work to recruit foster parents and pair them with children in need – many of whom may be victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect or trauma. The organization will provide in-home visits and outpatient counseling sessions for youth as well as provide support, training and mentoring to foster parents.

Centerstone’s foster parenting services are provided on both a short- and long-term basis, working toward children’s reunification with their families or toward independent living. For more information about the Centerstone Foster Parent Program in Hamilton County and the Southeast, or to learn about becoming a foster parent, contact Red McCormick, Program Manager, 423-341-0652, james.mccormick@centerstone.org.

About Centerstone

Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health and addiction services to people of all ages for more than 50 years. Through more than 60 facilities and 170 partnership locations across Middle Tennessee, Centerstone serves more than 50,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. Centerstone is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). For more information about Centerstone, please call 888-291-4357 or explore our website: www.centerstone.org.