Single men and women are allowed to adopt children in Tennessee and other states. However, it may not be possible for single individuals to adopt children from other countries. Furthermore, not all agencies will allow domestic adoptions by those who are not married. Those who hope to be a single parent will need to show that they are capable of providing for the child emotionally and financially without the help of spouse or partner.
As part of the adoption process, an individual should be ready to answer questions about his or her lifestyle. Those questions may relate to who they prefer to date or what they prefer to do in their spare time. Men may face additional scrutiny, and it is possible that they will be denied an opportunity to be an adoptive father even if all requirements are met.
Prospective parents of either gender should know that it can be difficult for single parents to adopt a newborn or toddler. However, as there are many children who are in need of a good home, it is not impossible for individuals to legally adopt a younger boy or girl. Qualifying is also easier for prospective parents who want to bring an older child or teenager into their lives.
In an adoption, the best interests of the child are the top priority. Therefore, an adoptive parent will need to show that he or she is capable of raising a child whether that person is single or in a relationship. An attorney may be able to give advice as to how an individual can show that they will meet the child's emotional, physical and financial needs. This may include moving to a new home or finding employment that comes with a higher salary.