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Gay and lesbian couples may have trouble adopting

In Tennessee, gays and lesbians are able to adopt, but they may face obstacles that other people do not. While there are thousands of children who are lingering in the foster care system around the country, some gays and lesbians who are willing to adopt them may encounter bias.

What to know about the adoption process

When Tennessee residents want to adopt a child, it must be approved by an adoption court. This is true whether the adoption itself was handled by an agency or by private means. A hearing will be held, and parties such as the child's biological parents will need to be notified. If the child is old enough, he or she may take part in the hearing.

Adoption and divorce: Helping your child get through it

Divorce can be tough for anyone. For those who have adopted, however, divorce can be a particularly challenging matter. Not only do you have to separate from your spouse, but now you have to change the home environment you once promised the child you adopted. Your little one may have been too young to know that he or she was adopted and go through the divorce like any other child. For older children, going through a divorce after being adopted can sometimes feel like they're being abandoned and left to start over again.

How adoption placements may happen

Birth parents, legal guardians and guardians ad litem generally all may have the right to place a child for adoption. Tennessee is one of 46 states that allows private adoptions. Also known as "independent adoption", this is a process that cuts out the adoption agency and may involve directly placing a child with an adoptive family. Four states require a parent to get permission from a court or the Department of Social Services to make a private placement.

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