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.

TFS Newsletters


Fall / Winter 2014 Newletter

Spring / Summer 2014 Newsletter

Archived Newsletters (Coming Soon)



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