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Second-parent Adoptions | Adoption Law Center

Second Parent Adoption

Since the 2015 United States Supreme Court case of Obergefell v. Hodges, married same-sex couples are entitled to the same protections as other married couples. Tennessee hospitals list the spouse of the woman giving birth as the parent on the birth certificate, regardless of that person’s gender.


It continues to be important to protect your child and your family by completing a second parent adoption. The adoption removes the possibility that anyone could challenge the parentage of the second parent. This is particularly important in cases of a known sperm donor.


We will also ensure that the amended birth certificate is prepared according to the parents’ wishes, for example being listed as the “mother” and “mother” instead of the “mother” and “father”.


We frequently handle second parent adoption in counties throughout Middle Tennessee. Call us today! 615-543-8640

We used Jenny’s firm for our 2nd parent adoption journey. She was always so responsive, thorough, and quick to communicate the next steps of the process. Being part of the LGBTQIA+ community, it was a relief to find a professional that truly cared about the welfare of our child and our rights as parents. A process that could be overwhelming was simple and straightforward with Jenny’s assistance. We cannot convey how appreciative we are for her service and dedication!

Christine Beasley

What to Expect

File the Petition

Finalize the adoption

“Mother” and “Mother” on the birth certificate