Shoreline will be hosting Parents as Tender Healers (PATH) classes from August 5-Sept 23. PATH classes are for those preparing to become a foster parent.

Mission & Vision

With over 18 million children having lost both parents across the world, we believe we can step into our faith and end this crisis. The Open Hands ministry was established to reflect the congregations desire and call to serve adoptive and foster children and families within the church, locally and globally.


Open Hands Ministry Opportunities

Church Partners

Shoreline Church is dedicated to ensuring members of the congregation are supported when choosing Adoption or Foster Care for their family. We have established a matching grant for families interested in adoption, mentor families for those interested in adoption or foster care, as well as support services and community groups to get involved with.

Local Partnerships

The Open Hands ministry is focused on supporting adoption and foster care within our community through supporting The Compassion Closet and the Department of Children's Services Safe Room.

Local Partners


Compassion Closet

The Compassion Closet exists to provide quick-turn assistance to foster, kinship, adoptive, and other families in the Knoxville area.. We also desire to serve birth families, aging-out youth, kinship placements, and domestic/international adoptive families as God allows and the needs arise.



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Select One or More Area(s) of Interest

While many Christian families have the desire to adopt and resources to care for a child, initial costs often can keep families from following God's call to adoption. Shoreline Church has partnered with Lifesong for Orphans to help bridge the financial gap in adoption fundraising by provide a matching grant to church partners. The grant will match up between ($500-$4000) a child.

If you are interested in applying, please review the following documents to begin the process. Learn more about Lifesong for Orphans here.

1. Matching Adoption Grant FAQ

2. Matching Adoption Grant Fundraising Kit

3. Lifesong Application Overview

4. Shoreline Church Grant Application

If you are interested in supporting a Shoreline family's adoption fund, you can designate your online gift to go toward Adoption and Foster Care. You can give here.