Adoption Agencies in Tennessee

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Adoption Agencies in Tennessee

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If you are an adopting family we believe you will find the information below helpful. We begin by giving you information regarding child adoption law in Tennessee (what you can and can't do) and then provide you with information on children available for adoption in Tennessee.  We then relate how we can assist you during the adoption process and finally we provide a list of licensed Tennessee adoption agencies which you browse through for additional information.

Tennessee Child Adoption Laws

Before starting to search for a child to adopt or an agency to assist you, it is important that you understand how the adoption laws in Tennessee may affect your decisions. Making informed decisions is the best way of increasing your chances of adopting a child.  By way of example, we have listed below a few of the important parts of Tennessee child adoption law including such topics as advertising, adoption facilitators, and the critical issue of ending the biological parental rights (called a Consent, Relinquishment or Surrender).

Use of Advertising and Facilitators in Adoptive Placements
Use of Advertisement
Citation: Ann. Laws Ch. 28A, § 14

No person shall cause to be published in a newspaper or to be broadcast on a radio or television station in the Commonwealth an advertisement or notice for the placement or reception of a child under 16 years of age for adoption unless such advertisement is placed by a licensed or approved placement agency, or with the written approval of the office. Such advertisement or notice shall include the license or registration number issued to the provider or agency pursuant to § 10.

Use of Intermediaries/Facilitators
Citation: Ann. Laws Ch. 28A, § 11(c)

No person shall place or knowingly facilitate the placement of any child in the care or control of any other person not related to such child by blood or marriage, or in the care or control of any organization other than a licensed or approved placement agency, for purposes of adoption.

No person unrelated to such child by blood or marriage, and no organization other than a licensed or approved placement agency, shall receive such a child for purposes of adoption, except from a licensed or approved placement agency.

Consent to Adoption
Who Must Consent to an Adoption
Citation: Ann. Laws Ch. 210 § 2

Written consent to the adoption is required from:
The lawful parents, who may be previous adoptive parents
A surviving parent
The mother only, if the child has been born out of wedlock
The child's spouse, if any
If an agency or person receiving a child born out of wedlock for purposes of a subsequent adoption receives from the child's mother an executed consent, and no person has acknowledged paternity of the child or has been adjudicated the father of the child by any court of competent jurisdiction, then the person or agency shall request that the mother voluntarily provide a sworn written statement, executed before a notary and in the presence of two competent witnesses, one of whom shall be selected by the mother, that identifies the child's father and his current or last known address. Any such statement shall be used solely for the purpose of notifying the person named as the father of the status of the child.

Age When Consent of Adoptee is Considered or Required
Citation: Ann. Laws Ch. 210 § 2

A child who is age 12 or older must consent to the adoption.

When Parental Consent is not Needed
Citation: Ann. Laws Ch. 210 § 3

The consent of the persons named above shall not be required if:

The person to be adopted is age 18 or older.
The court finds that the adoption is in the best interests of the child due to parental unfitness.
A finding of unfitness may be based on the following:

The child has been abandoned.
The child or another child has been abused or neglected.
The child has been in out-of-home placement for at least 6 months and the parents have not maintained significant and meaningful contact with the child.
The child is age 4 or older and in the custody of the department for at least 12 of the last 15 months and cannot be returned home.
The child is younger than age 4 and in the custody of the department for at least 6 of the last 12 months and cannot be returned home.
The parent, without excuse, fails to provide proper care or custody for the child.
Because of the lengthy absence of the parent or the parent's inability to meet the needs of the child, the child has formed a strong, positive bond with a substitute caretaker.
The parent has made no effort to remedy conditions that create a risk of harm to the child.
The child or another child has been subjected to severe or repetitive conduct of a physically, emotionally, or sexually abusive or neglectful nature.
The parent has willfully failed to visit and support a child who is not in the custody of the parent.
The parent suffers from a condition, such as alcohol or drug addiction, mental deficiency, or mental illness, that makes the parent unlikely to provide minimally acceptable care of the child.
The parent's conviction of a felony will deprive the child of a stable home for a period of years.
There exists a prior pattern of parental neglect or misconduct or a felony assault that resulted in serious bodily injury to the child and a likelihood of future harm to the child based on such prior pattern or assault.

When Consent Can Be Executed
Citation: Ann. Laws Ch. 210 § 2

Written consent shall be executed no sooner than the 4th day after the birth of the child.

Revocation of Consent
Citation: Ann. Laws Ch. 210 § 2

A consent executed in accordance with the provisions of this section shall be final and irrevocable from the date of execution.

Rights of Presumed (Putative) Fathers
Registry/Paternity Requirements to Receive Notice
Citation: Ch. 210 § 4A

Notice of adoption proceedings is given to the father who has filed a parental responsibility claim with the Department of Social Services.
Within 30 days of notice concerning the child's adoption, the person claiming paternity must file a petition for adoption or custody of the child with the probate court.

Please visit adoption law in Tennessee for more details.

Are Children Available for Adoption in Tennessee

Yes, through both public and private adoption agencies.  For example, in 2004, Tennessee had 1,785 children in the welfare system waiting to be adopted of whom 13 were under the age of 1 year, and 400 were between ages 1-5 years old. The actual number of children adopted through Tennessee public child welfare agencies was only 891, which represents only a small portion of the total number of all Tennessee adoptions (exact numbers are not available at this time).

Remember that while you may be a resident of Tennessee, you are not limited to adopting a child from Tennessee.  You can adopt a child born in Tennessee, a child born in any other U.S. state, or even a foreign born child.  What is important for you to understand is that infants and children are available for adoption in Tennessee, in each of the other the 49 states, and in many foreign countries.

Can We Assist You with a Child Adoption in Tennessee

Yes, we can help you and so can any licensed child adoption agency (we have listed several below).  By way of introduction to Adoption Services, Inc, I will relate to you a little about myself and our child adoption agency.

Almost 40 years ago I (Dr. Vince Berger) began working as a psychologist with pregnant teens in the Pittsburgh city school system. It was very challenging because in those days there were very few services for these young women, society was not yet accepting of unmarried and/or pregnant teens, and the word "adoption" was hardly ever used.

I loved the work I was doing and knowing that I was personally able to help so many of the pregnant women I was working with. But something was missing - I did not feel I was helping people enough. So, I set out to provide the personal and professional care that a birth mother and adopting family need and deserve in the adoption process.

I started a full service, non-profit adoption agency. Not just any agency, but one that was, and still is, dedicated to helping birth parents and adopting families receive the best and most comprehensive of adoption related services. Over the past 20 years, my staff and I have helped over 9,000 adopting families, birth parents, their babies and children.

I love helping people. I work 6 days a week and answer calls at all hours. The hours I put in are long but never hard, since I find so much joy and strength in helping others.

I hope that you will call me or my staff so we can help you in the adoption process. However, if you don't want to call us, then please review the agencies listed here and give one of them a call. Do not give up until you get the help and attention you need and deserve.

Thank you for letting us help, and good luck.

Dr. Berger
and the staff of Adoption Services

Adoption Agencies

A Child's Dream
1346 Quai Valley Trail
Apison, TN 37302-9533
Phone: (423) 236-4545
Fax: (423) 236-4546

Adoption Counseling Services (ACS)
2185 Wickersham Lane
Germantown, TN 38139
Phone: (901) 753-9089

Adoption Promises
PO Box 253
Huntingdon, TN 38344
Phone: (731) 986-2001
Fax: (731) 986-2971
Toll-Free: (877) 647-9697

Association for Guidance, Aid, Placement and Empathy (AGAPE)
4555 Trousdale Drive
Nashville, TN 37204-4513
Phone: (615) 781-3000
Fax: (615) 781-8262

Association for Guidance, Aid, Placement and Empathy (AGAPE) Child and Family Services
PO Box 11411
111 Racine Street
Memphis, TN 38111
Phone: (901) 323-3600
Fax: (901) 323-3640
Toll-Free: (800) 727-5112

Bethany Christian Services
400 South Germantown Road
Chattanooga, TN 37411
Phone: (423) 622-7360
Fax: (423) 622-9085
Toll-Free: (800) 765-7335

Bethany Christian Services of Middle Tennessee
220 Athens Way
Suite 405
Nashville, TN 37228
Phone: (615) 242-0909
Fax: (615) 242-9440

Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc.
30 White Bridge Road
Nashville, TN 37205
Phone: (615) 352-3087
Fax: (615) 352-8591

Frontier Health/Traces
2001 Stonebrook Place
Kingsport, TN 37660
Phone: (423) 224-1067
Fax: (423) 224-1095

Harmony Adoptions of Tennessee, Inc.
131 Cherokee Heights Drive
Maryville, TN 37801
Phone: (865) 982-5225
Fax: (865) 982-5950
Toll-Free: (888) 440-9800

Heaven Sent Children, Inc.
307 North Walnut Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Phone: (615) 898-0803
Fax: (615) 898-1990
Toll-Free: (800) 638-8952

Holston United Methodist Home for Children, Inc.
6314 East Brainerd Road
Chattanooga, TN 37421-3999
Phone: (423) 855-4682
Fax: (432) 517-0021

Holston United Methodist Home for Children, Inc.
900 East Hill Avenue
Suite 270
Knoxville, TN 37915
Phone: (865) 633-9844
Fax: (865) 633-5855

Holston United Methodist Home for Children, Inc.
215 East Springbrook Drive
Suite 1
Johnson City, TN 37602-3768
Phone: (423) 952-2290
Fax: (423) 952-2293

Jewish Family Service of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, Inc.
801 Percy Warner Boulevard
Suite 103
Nashville, TN 37205
Phone: (615) 354-1664
Fax: (615) 353-2652

Life Choices, Inc.
2235 Covington Pike
Suite 14
Memphis, TN 38128
Phone: (901) 388-1172
Fax: (901) 388-1225

Mid-South Christian Services
1044 Brookfield Road
Suite 102
Memphis, TN 38119
Phone: (901) 818-9996
Fax: (901) 761-9350

Omni Visions
618 Grassmere Park Drive
Suite 2
Nashville, TN 37211
Phone: (615) 460-7051
Fax: (615) 460-7057
Toll-Free: (888) 742-3905

Partnership for Families, Children and Adults
1800 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37404
Phone: (423) 755-2822
Fax: (423) 755-2897

Porter-Leath Children's Center (PLCC)
868 North Manassas Street
Memphis, TN 38107-2516
Phone: (901) 577-2500
Fax: (901) 577-2506

Small World, Inc.
401 Bonnaspring Drive
Hermitage, TN 37076
Phone: (615) 883-4372
Fax: (615) 885-7582
Toll-Free: (800) 544-5083

Smoky Mountain Children's Home
PO Box 4391
449 McCarn Circle
Sevierville, TN 37864-4391
Phone: (865) 453-4644
Fax: (865) 453-8812
Toll-Free: (800) 654-1622

Tennessee Baptist Children's Homes, Inc.
PO Box 2206
Brentwood, TN 37024
Phone: (615) 376-3140
Fax: (615) 371-1866
Toll-Free: (800) 624-8591

Tennessee Children's Home
1115 Ranch Road
Ashland City, TN 37015
Phone: (615) 307-3205

Tennessee Children's Home - East
3834 Copper Ridge Road
PO Box 52703
Knoxville, TN 37950-2703
Phone: (865) 584-0841
Fax: (865) 588-6560

The Center for Family Development
100 East Side Square
Shelbyville, TN 37160
Phone: (931) 684-4676
Fax: (931) 684-5140
Toll-Free: (888) 462-2999

Domestic Child Adoption Agencies in Other States

If you are looking for a child adoption agency simply click the link below for the state to see a list of the adoption agencies in that state.

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Arkansas Massachusetts Pennsylvania
California Michigan Rhode Island
Colorado Minnesota South Carolina
Connecticut Mississippi South Dakota
Delaware Missouri Tennessee
Florida Montana Texas
Georgia Nebraska Utah
Hawaii Nevada Vermont
Idaho New Hampshire Virginia
Illinois New Jersey Washington
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Iowa New York Wisconsin
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Kentucky North Dakota  

Adoption Consultant Resource

Why You Need an Adoption Consultant

There are many risks when you go to adopt a child including losing a child after you have already taken them home (referred to as a disruption), loosing all of the money you have invested in the adoption if the birth mother changes her mind, or finding that there are previously unknown or undisclosed fees that may appear. Dr Berger has helped thousands of  adopting families with domestic adoptions and international adoptions and he is available to assist you no matter what type of adoption you chose to pursue and regardless of whether you work with an adoption agency, facilitator or adoption attorney.  He can help you save your  time, effort and money in helping you to decide what routes to take and the best way to achieve your goal of adopting a child. He can help reduce your risks and potential pain and can help you avoid many of the problems and pitfalls found in the adoption process. You can read and download his free adoption manual or, for more information on how he can help you, please visit his Adoption Consultant link.

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