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,...
TN ICPC – It’s not so bad!

TN ICPC – It’s not so bad!

The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) is a uniform law that has been enacted in every State in the United States. The purpose of the Compact is to keep up with vulnerable children that are traveling from one State to another for purposes of foster...
Tennessee Adoption Statistics

Tennessee Adoption Statistics

Hundreds of children are adopted in Tennessee every year, and hundreds more are waiting to find safe, loving, and supportive homes. Making the decision to adopt a child is life-changing for everyone involved. Just as your life will never be the same, so too will the...
How do I choose an adoption agency?

How do I choose an adoption agency?

It’s important to meet with an attorney to help you develop a list of questions so you are able to choose an adoption agency that meets the needs of your family. Your lawyer can also review all agency contracts and documents. Reputable agencies are more than willing...

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