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Gay adoption basics

Individuals who are in same-sex relationships are generally allowed to adopt children. As with any other potential adoption in Tennessee, it would need to be determined that approving an application is in a child's best interest. To that end, a representative of the court will likely do a home check. It is important to be as honest as possible during the check.

Those who are found to have lied or omitted crucial information may be seen as committing fraud and have their request to adopt denied. For instance, a couple should be upfront about their relationship even if they fear that being honest about their homosexuality could harm their chances of adopting. It is important to note that no credible study has found that children who are raised by same-sex parents will be negatively affected.

Parents who are involved in same-sex relationships may experience both positives and negatives after adopting a child. Same-sex parents are encouraged to teach their children as much as possible about their family structure and tell them stories featuring kids in situations similar to their own.

The child's best interests will be the top priority in most adoption cases. Therefore, a judge will be looking more to see if parents can provide a good home more than what their sexual orientation is. However, it may be a good idea for those who want to adopt to consult with an attorney. Doing so may provide insight into what they can do to improve the odds of getting a child placed into their care within a timely manner.

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