Since 2005, we have strived to build a community of hope and encouragement for orphan initiatives here in Middle Tennessee.


Our Mission

MTOA is a community of people, linked through adoption, foster care, and international orphan care, and bonded together by our vision that together we can make a difference in the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.

With over 153 million orphans in the world, we are an alliance of Christian churches and community partners whose passionate mission is to face squarely their plight and make adoption, foster care, and international orphan care more accessible and normative in our society. 

From our own backyards to the ends of the earth we strive to encourage, educate, connect and support any organization or individual who seeks to provide vulnerable children with love, care, aid, homes, clothes, food, shelter, and education.

Our common vision is that no one group or organization can do it all.  Our vision consists of an amalgamation of child welfare advocates who, at some level, are willing to leave their logos and egos at the door, and join forces to expand the idea that every child on the planet needs a family.

The Middle Tennessee Orphan Alliance has provided a central hub for the community to learn and encourage orphan advocates to boldy serve orphaned and vulnerable children in our state.
— Bill Haslam, Governor of Tennessee

How We Started

The Middle Tennessee Orphan Alliance began in 2005 as a group of local churches meeting to help each other launch local adoption, foster care and orphan care ministries. 

Each church embraced the idea that true, pure faith and orphan care were irrevocably connected and that the church should be a vigorous leader, and a generous community partner, in addressing the plight of vulnerable children. 

The Bible clearly calls the Church to care for orphans and we believe that the local church is specifically designed to be God’s hands and feet in their own neighborhoods, counties and cities – and throughout the world.  The church has, not only the message of spiritual redemption, it has the responsibility of expressing this redemption in the lives of whom Jesus would call “the least of these.”

From this group sprang associations with other churches, individuals, community partners, agencies, and advocates who wanted to share in this partnership.