As a Tennessee resident who’s interested in adopting, you have many adoption options, and this is the perfect place to begin exploring them. Below, you’ll find adoption agencies and adoption lawyers offering services in your state. Scroll past the listings to see Tennessee adoption laws and policies.
TENNESSEE ADOPTION LAWS & STATUTES
Each state maintains its own adoption policies, so the process can vary considerably for families, from state to state. Learn all about the legal guidelines for families adopting in Tennessee, whether you’re adopting a newborn through domestic, private adoption, an infant or older child from U.S. foster care adoption, or an infant, toddler, or older child through international adoption. Find answers to the most common questions about Tennessee adoptions.
WHO CAN ADOPT IN TENNESSEE?
An individual 18 years or older who has lived in Tennessee for 6 consecutive months before petitioning to adopt, a married couple jointly (unless one spouse is determined incompetent), a member of the military service stationed outside the state, but who lived in Tennessee for 6 consecutive months immediately before entering the military service, or a relative of the child who need only have been a Tennessee resident at the time of filing a petition to adopt.