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Adoption in Tennessee

Tennessee sounds good if you're a country music fan. It also sounds good if you'd like to adopt. Tennessee welcomes single and married couples including the LGBTQ community to adopt; you must be a resident for 6 months. Adoptive families may provide for the Birth Mom when it comes to medical, legal, counseling and living expenses for 90 days prior to, and 45 days after the birth. Tennessee is the home the Graceland, the Grand Ol Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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Adoption Attorneys in Tennessee

13 Adoption Agencies in TN

10 AAAA Attorneys in TN

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  • Attorney
    Meredith Brasfield
    51 Germantown Court, Suite 112
    Cordova, TN 38018
    (901) 757-1700
    (901) 757-1983
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    Kevin W. Weaver
    51 Germantown Court, Suite 112
    Cordova, TN 38018
    (901) 757-1700
    (901) 757-1983
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children
  • Attorney
    Theodore R. Kern
    706 Walnut Street, Suite 500 P.O. Box 377
    Knoxville, TN 37901
    (865) 540-8777
    (865) 544-7638
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation
  • Attorney
    Michael S. Jennings
    130 Jordan Drive
    Chattanooga, TN 37421
    (423) 892-2006
    (423) 892-1919
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation
  • Attorney
    Robert D. Tuke
    221 Fourth Avenue North, Ste. 300
    Nashville, TN 37219
    (615) 256-8585
    (615) 256-7444
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption
  • Attorney
    Lisa L. Collins
    4501 Charlotte Avenue, #90744
    Nashville, TN 37209
    (615) 269-5540
    (615) 269-5151
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Jenny Hall
    3102 West End Ave.,Ste.400
    Nashville, TN 37203
    (615) 543-8640
    (615) 577-0546
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    Sharon T. Massey
    221 S. Third Street
    Clarksville, TN 37040
    (931) 906-0555
    (931) 645-6669
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Netwo
  • Attorney
    Dawn Coppock
    Strawberry Plains, TN
    (865) 933-8173
    (865) 933-3272
    questions@dawncoppock.com
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children
  • Attorney
    Jennifer L. E. Williams
    101 Fifth Avenue West, Suite 4
    Springfield, TN 37172
    (615) 384-3388
    (615) 384-9035
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, Private Networking
  • Agency
    A Baby Step Adoption
    340 Morgantown Road
    Suite 2
    Reading, PA 19611
    (610) 376-9742
    info@ababystepadoption.com
    Services Offered A Baby Step Adoption Agency is led by an AAAA Director with over 30 years of legal and adoption experience. Our agency specializes in full service, newborn baby adoption throughout the United States.
  • Attorney
    Adoptions First LLP
    1100 Glendon Ave
    Floor 15
    Los Angeles, CA 90024
    (800) 658-8284
    info@adoptionsfirst.com
    Services Offered Adoptions First has provided the most caring and professional adoption services for over 30 years. Since 1988 we have dedicated our services & experience to adoptive parents and birth parents. Adoption is not only our work. It is our passion, our personal stories, and our life’s calling.
  • Agency
    Adopt America
    111 N.E. 1st Street, Suite 902
    Miami, FL 33132
    (305) 984-2154
    info@adoptamerica411.com
    Services Offered Adopt America is a licensed child placement agency in the State of Florida. We provide home study services mainly to residents of S. Florida and some other locations throughout Florida. We offer placement services when we are working with a designated birthmother/birth parents but no waiting list.

Traveling For Your Adoption in Tennessee

Length of ICPC
in Tennessee

N/A days

Email: TNICPC.Ei-DCS@tn.gov

Tennessee adheres to the Interstate Compact On The Placement of Children (ICPC) – a uniform law in all 50 States that establishes procedures for the interstate placement of children. The ICPC also places specific responsibilities on those involved in placing the children. The three principle goals of the ICPC are to:

Protect the children being placed.
Ensure that they receive the services they need.
Facilitate permanent placements for those children who are in state custody

Adoption Law FAQ in Tennessee

Advertising Law Info

  • Can adoptive parents advertise for birth parents?
    Yes.
  • State Advertising Code of Law
    Citation: Ann. Code. § 36-1-108(a)(2)

    Only a licensed child-placing agency, a licensed clinical social worker, prospective adoptive parents, or a lawyer who is subject to the Tennessee supreme court rules regarding lawyer advertising may advertise for the placement of children for adoption in this State.

    In order to advertise for the placement of children for adoption in Tennessee, out-of-State licensed child-placing agencies, licensed clinical social workers, or lawyers must:

    1) Be authorized to do business in this State under respective licensing laws

    2) Maintain a physical office within this State or incur expenses involved in the transportation of a licensing consultant to the closest physical office of the agency, social worker, or lawyer

    Any advertisement in this State for the placement of children for adoption in another State by an agency or individual not licensed or authorized to do such business in this State shall clearly state that the agency or individual is not licensed or authorized to do such business in this State.

Adoption Law Info

  • Who Can Adopt?
    An individual 18 years or older who has lived in Tennessee for 6 consecutive months before petitioning to adopt, a married couple jointly (unless one spouse is determined incompetent), a member of the military service stationed outside the state, but who lived in Tennessee for 6 consecutive months immediately before entering the military service, or a relative of the child who need only have been a Tennessee resident at the time of filing a petition to adopt.
  • Can out-of-state residents finalize an adoption?
    No.
  • Can adopting parents use an adoption facilitator or another paid intermediary?
    Yes, but only the State Dept. or a licensed child-placing agency or licensed clinical social worker may place a child. Anyone else can advise during the adoption process, but payment is prohibited unless it is to cover customary legal and/or medical fees.
  • What birth parent expenses may be paid, and in what time period?
    Medical, legal, counseling, living (housing, maternity and baby clothing, utilities, transportation). Educational and car payments prohibited. Max 90 days pre-birth, 45 days after birth or surrender. Court may extend times upon motion and birth parent/adoptive parents affidavits.
  • When does consent become irrevocable? If consent is revoked, is return to birth parent automatic?
    10 days after consent, unless 10th day is a weekend or holiday, and then period extends to next business day. Return automatic unless petition is filed showing that child is at risk of substantial harm to be returned to custody of birth parents.
  • Qualifications for Adoptive Parents for adoption
    Citation: Ann. Code § 36-1-115
    Any person older than age 18 may petition to adopt a child. The petitioners must have physical custody or must demonstrate to the court that they have the right to receive custody of the child.
    The petitioner have lived or maintained a regular residence in the State or on Federal territory within the State for 6 consecutive months immediately preceding the filing of the adoption petition. If the petitioner is in military service stationed outside the State but had lived or maintained a regular residence within the State for 6 consecutive months immediately prior to entering military service, the residency requirement shall not apply.

Home Study Info

  • Elements of a Home Study for Adoption
    Citation: Rules & Regs. R. 0250-4-9-.09
    The adoptive home study shall be based on consideration of the following points:
    • Information obtained through interviews with all members of the family living in the home
    • At least one visit to the home
    • The applicants’ motivation to adopt a child
    • The applicants’ ability to provide for the child
    • Information obtained through contacts with references that shall include members of the extended family as well as individuals who are not related to the applicants
    • The character, values, and ethical standards of the applicants
    • The physical and mental health of the applicants
    • Health and fire safety conditions within the home
    The agency shall ascertain that the applicants have reasonably good health and average life expectancy so that the security of having parents is unlikely to be cut short before the child matures. Except for the placement of special needs children, the agency shall require that the cause of childlessness be evaluated by a physician.
    This medical evaluation shall be included in the agency assessment of the motivation to adopt a child.
    The adoptive home study shall include the caseworkers’ evaluation of the applicants’ suitability as adoptive parents and recommendations as to approval of the home. The home study shall also include a face sheet, study references, health examinations, and verification of marital status.
  • Grounds for Withholding Approval for Adoption
    Citation: Rules & Regs. R. 0250-4-9-.09
    When the adoptive home study is completed, the applicants shall be informed in writing as to the disposition of their application.
  • When Home Studies Must Be Completed for Adoption
    Citation: Ann. Code § 36-1-116; Rules & Regs. R. 0250-4-9-.09
    Prior to filing a petition for the adoption, the prospective adoptive parents may request a home study concerning the suitability of their home and themselves as adoptive parents. To be valid, the home study must have been completed or updated within 6 months prior to filing of the petition.
    Upon filing the adoption petition, the prospective adoptive parents shall notify the court if they have requested a home study and, if a study has been completed, file a copy of the report based upon the home study with the court. If no prior or updated home study has been conducted, the court, within 5 days of the date the petition is filed, shall direct an agency or the department to submit a preliminary court report and any supplemental court reports as may be necessary, and a final court report concerning the circumstances of the child, the child’s antecedents, and the proposed adoptive home.
    A preliminary court report shall be filed within 60 days. A final court report shall be submitted immediately prior to the finalization of the adoption.
    In regulation: For a public agency adoption, the adoptive home study shall be completed before the placement of a child in the home.
  • Postplacement Study Requirements for Adoption
    Citation: Ann. Code § 36-1-116; Rules & Regs. R. 0250-4-9-.09
    The court shall order a licensed child-placing agency, licensed clinical social worker, or the department if the parents are indigent under Federal poverty guidelines or if the child was placed with the prospective adoptive parents by the department, to provide supervision for the child who is in the home of prospective adoptive parents and to make any necessary reports that the court should have concerning the welfare of the child pending entry of the final order in the case.
    In regulation: After placement, the caseworker shall visit in the home at least quarterly, until the adoption is finalized.

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