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.
Deliska Lombard, LMSW
Deliska joined the TCFD team in July 2014. She has worked with children and families for 21 years, includes the following: serving as housemother of 60 children at an orphanage in Mexico, working as a CASA volunteer, working with foster children, working at a child advocacy center in forensic interviewing and Trauma Focused therapy, as well as working with her husband in children’s ministry at their local church. Deliska and her husband, Jeff, have been married for 17 years and have four beautiful children, Grace, Abigail, Benjamin and Kiersten. They are also adoptive parents through domestic adoption. Deliska has worked with TCFD for more than 10 years in varying volunteer capacities and has always been drawn to the heart of TCFD’s mission, “Building forever families, through the provision of services which enables children and families to thrive”. Deliska believes that this is the heart of TCFD and Heaven Sent and guides the organization in the holistic services provided to families. She is passionate about keeping children safe and healthy and loves that she gets to be a part of an organization that has the same passion.
Cindy Posey, LBSW
Assistant Director of Adoption Services
Cindy has 20 years of experience as a Social Worker in a variety of settings including assisting the homeless in Nashville, advocating for individuals with developmental disabilities, and working with families in the adoption process. Cindy joined the Heaven Sent Children team in January 2001 and has worked with hundreds of families since that time. As an adoptive mother, she has a passion for adoption and is devoted to helping families prepare to meet the needs of their child throughout their lives, especially as it relates to their adoption story.
Cindy believes that adoption education for birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoptees is essential for all members of the adoption triad to have understanding and acceptance of this unique way to form a family. With more than 10 years of adoption experience, Cindy works with birth mothers, guides families through the home study process, works with families in post placement supervision, and manages the staff and adoption program at the Murfreesboro office. Cindy and her husband, Wylder, are parents of two children, Wyatt and Sara.
Tiffany Bare has a huge heart for missions and serving others! She has traveled around the United States, Haiti, and Malaysia sharing God’s love and handy work to orphans, widows, and the poor. After her most recent trip in Malaysia she understood clearly her desire to advocate for others by utilizing the resources available and promote education and community as a calling. She believe’s communication is the most vital asset to for any relationship to survive and flourish. Her compassion is in helping others to recognize their “love language” and express that clearly to the people they love and care for.
Tiffany joined our team in May of 2013, and has worked with a diverse amount of birth parents all across Tennessee. She adores working with our birth parents and guiding them through the process of their adoption plan, and finding resources to add to their new positive lifestyle. She not only gives them the tools and resources needed to succeed, but spends quality time in counseling with them to ensure they are advocated for and heard. In January 2015, she started a support group for birth mothers who have or are currently going through the process of making an adoption plan. It is her passion to ensure the confidence of birth parents and help them grow as they make tough selfless decisions. Tiffany works with birth parents and adoptive families before, during and after the adoption process, guides adoptive families through the home study process, works with adoptive families in post placement supervision, and leads the birth mother support group each month.
Tiffany enjoys spending her time leading worship for her church, spending time with her family and church family by living life together from week to week. She also spends the weekends in the great outdoors, whether that be adventures, backyard landscaping, or road trips. Tiffany loves to travel in all capacities.
Allison Motley, BSCFS
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.