Special Needs Adoptions
In Tennessee, a special needs adoption involves a child that would likely remain in foster care if adoption assistance payments are not provided. The State makes this determination based on specific factors such as age, membership in a sibling group, ethnicity, or disability.
Surrogacy / Alternative Reproductive Technology (ART)
The child is conceived through in vitro fertilization and will be either carried by a surrogate or will be carried by the adoptive mother. This is a complex area of the law still developing in Tennessee. Therefore, legal contracts are necessary to ensure that the intent of the parties is honored. Transparency is imperative.