Heaven Sent Children Adoption

Heaven Sent Children Adoption, founded in 1991, was established to provide the promotion of healthy adoptive family life through education, resources, counseling, advocacy and support services. Our agency believes that every child should have a loving home prepared to meet their needs emotionally, physically, financially and spiritually. Heaven Sent Children Adoption is a licensed child placing agency in Middle Tennessee. We are only able to assist families that reside in this area. 

Heaven Sent Children Adoption is comprised of experienced adoption professionals who are passionate about their work.  Our staff believes deeply in supplying our clients with best practice social work to prepare them for the needs of their adopted child and family after their child’s placement.  This begins with a cooperative, trusting relationship between worker and client during the home study process.  It is our goal to know our clients well, so that we can best advocate for them, assist them through the process and be there for them in times of need even after an adoption is complete. It is our agency's best practice to complete your home study from the beginning. We do not accept home studies from other agencies. 

Please contact us if you have questions. You can email info@mytcfd.org or call our office at (931) 684-4676.

COVID-19 Update: Our agency is back to providing our normal adoption services.  Staff will use proper safety precautions like hand washing/sanitizing, social distancing, and wearing a mask upon request. If you have any questions, please let us know.

A Little About Our Staff

Denise Hobbs Lindsey, LMSW, Executive Director

Denise has spent over 30 years in the field of Child Welfare. She spent 17 years with Department of Children’s Services working in child protective services, foster care, adoptions and frontline supervision. She received her MSSW from University of Tennessee College of Social Work in 1994. Denise also spent 3 years in Community Mental Health as a therapist and Director of a Mental Health Center. Denise has done extensive grant writing and program development. Denise co-founded The Center for Family Development in 1998 and it currently serves 16 counties in Middle Tennessee. Denise began work at Heaven Sent Children in July 2009 and took on the role of Executive Director in January 2010. Denise is a foster, adoptive, birth parent, step parent and relative caregiver and is surviving the complexities of all those roles. She has 1 birth son, 2 stepsons, 1 adopted son, 2 adopted daughters, and 1 unofficial adopted/foster daughter. In addition she has fostered 12 children and many birth parents through the child welfare system. To date she has 7 grand children.

Allison Motley, BSCFS, Adoption Counselor

Allison is an adoptive mother of two children, one through international adoption and one domestically. She is thrilled to be working at Heaven Sent where she will be able to assist other individuals in building their families. Adoption is a passion for Allison, and she understands the desire to make dreams of having a child a reality. She has lived in middle Tennessee her entire life, and has been in Murfreesboro since 1996. She comes to us with a background of over 10 years of mental health experience, and has previously worked in adoption as well. Her background offers her the ability to relate to adoptive families; she shares joys and is ready with a listening, understanding ear. Allison guides families through the home study process and offers support through post placement supervision and beyond.

Anna Farmer, LBSW, Adoption Counselor

Anna interned for Heaven Sent Children for almost a year before graduating in 2015. After graduation she volunteered in a Haitian orphanage for several months, where she was able to help children ages newborn to twelve years with their social and developmental skills. Anna found her passion for adoption and advocating for orphans while visiting Haiti and the Dominican Republic over the last several years. She believes that once she saw their sweet faces, memorized their cries and laughs, and learned their personalities, that it changed her outlook on life and helped her realize her call to help these little ones find their forever families. Anna enjoys her role with our agency, where she can help families come together through adoption and advocate for orphans just like the ones that hold such a dear place in her heart.

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