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...
Don’t Forget About Fathers!

Don’t Forget About Fathers!

No adoption is without risk.  Every family considering adoption must consider the level of risk they are able to tolerate.  If you are not factoring in the rights of the legal, biological, and/or putative father(s), you are not accurately assessing the risk involved....
Special Needs Adoptions …Special Considerations

Special Needs Adoptions …Special Considerations

Every family that considers adoption goes through a discernment process to explore their comfort with and capacity for caring for a child with special needs. Some families feel called to adopt a child with disabilities. If you adopt through an agency or foster care,...

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