Adoption Support

Adoption Support

Adoption can be expensive. It is also the perfect opportunity to receive support, financial and otherwise, and to learn a valuable lesson about parenting: you need help! We all need a village. Accepting support from your friends, family, and broader community allows...
Special Needs Adoption

Special Needs Adoption

When my husband and I decided to pursue a domestic adoption, specifically children with disabilities, we quickly realized that many agencies didn’t work with this population. After lots of internet searching, we were grateful to find two organizations that were...
Everything Fell Into Place – Naming Isaac James

Everything Fell Into Place – Naming Isaac James

In April 2015 our family found out that we got matched with a little boy. We had been waiting for this moment for quite a while and had so many questions. When you first get matched to your new child or sibling there are so many unknowns. When will we get to meet...
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...
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...

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