Who Counts as a Putative Father?

Who Counts as a Putative Father?

As of July1, 2018, the definition of putative father has changed as the First in Adoption Act went into effect.  Putative fathers are among the class of persons whose rights must be terminated before an adoption can be finalized.  There are three separate classes of...
Open Adoptions

Open Adoptions

Open adoptions consist of a spectrum of contact between the birth family and the adoptive family.  Open adoptions are in contrast with closed adoptions, in which there is no contact with the birth family.  In a closed adoption, the identities of the birth family and...
Adoption Case Law: In Re Carrington H.

Adoption Case Law: In Re Carrington H.

Prior to an adoption, the court must be assured that the parental rights of all of the child’s parents and/or guardians have been terminated.  Because the right to parent is based in the constitutional right to liberty, when an attempt is made to interfere with that...
Perfect Family

Perfect Family

A Tennessee Adoption Story: The Perfect Family by: Jenni Varhol        It was a little bit over a year ago that my life changed. Adoption was something I had dreamed about, but it was not something I was actively pursuing. I thought, “WHO in their right mind would...
House Bill 1856

House Bill 1856

On July 1, 2018, the First in Adoption Act takes effect in Tennessee. The changes relate to the Tennessee Surrender Form and process, termination of parental rights, abandonment, and residency requirements for adoption.  The major changes are discussed below. Changes...
Adoption and Surrogacy Case Law: Pavan v. Smith

Adoption and Surrogacy Case Law: Pavan v. Smith

Changing and obtaining birth certificates is a large part of what we do at the Adoption Law Center of Middle Tennessee, PLLC.  Every Petition For Adoption has the child’s original birth certificate attached.  And every Final Decree of Adoption includes an Order for...
Adoption Case Law: In Re: Angela E.

Adoption Case Law: In Re: Angela E.

Prior to an adoption, the parental rights of all parents and guardians must be terminated.  In re The Adoption of Angela E. et al was a case decided by the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2013.  The case discusses how parental rights in Tennessee may be terminated based...
Adoption and Surrogacy Case Law: In Re Baby

Adoption and Surrogacy Case Law: In Re Baby

In Re Baby was a surrogacy case decided by the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2013.  The case reviews several important statutes relevant to adoption and surrogacy law.  In Re Baby upheld the validity of traditional surrogacy contracts in Tennessee.  The court found that...
Securing Healthcare after Placement

Securing Healthcare after Placement

One of the first issues that arises when the biological mother gives birth is covering her medical bills and that of the newborn child.  If the birth mother already receives Medicaid, the hospital will usually assist her in completing an application for the baby. ...

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