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. ...
What Is National Adoption Day?

What Is National Adoption Day?

Typically celebrated on the Saturday before the week of Thanksgiving, National Adoption Day is designed to raise awareness of the more than 110,000 children in foster care throughout the U.S. who are waiting to find permanent and loving families. National Adoption Day...
Nashville Stepparent Adoptions

Nashville Stepparent Adoptions

Stepparent adoptions are a beautiful expression of love and commitment. They are the most common form of adoption. They are often motivated by the desire to unify the family’s last name and for the parent/child relationship to be formally recognized. Many of the other...
Surrender of Parental Rights… It’s a Process

Surrender of Parental Rights… It’s a Process

When there’s an adoption plan for an infant, usually the birth mother will sign a Power of Attorney allowing the prospective adoptive parent(s) to care for the child, access medical records, and make medical decisions. If the child is born premature, the birth mother...

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