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Adopting a child as a single person

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.

Tennessee senator withdraws bill meant to limit LGBTQ adoption

The sponsor of a Senate bill that would have let faith-based adoption agencies deny adoption applications from LGBTQ people has asked that it be removed from the legislative agenda. This action delays consideration of the bill until at least next year. No explanation accompanied the removal of the bill, but pressure from national groups that oppose discrimination against LGBTQ people appears to have suppressed this proposed legislation.

How to adopt as a single parent

In recent years, there has been a rise of single women who have chosen to become mothers after achieving educational and career success. One reason why they choose to become mothers is that they want to experience the joy of raising a child. In some cases, those individuals do not plan on being a single parent indefinitely. For those who cannot have children naturally, adoption is an alternative that may be available.

Religious agency agrees to LGBT adoptions after settlement

Same-sex families seeking to adopt in Tennessee may be heartened by developments in Michigan. One large foster care and adoption agency has acknowledged its responsibilities under a state legal settlement, affirming that it will now place children in LGBT families' homes. The agency, Bethany Christian Services, is a non-profit organization that contracts with the state government to handle around 8 percent of its foster care and adoption cases. There are around 13,000 cases involving children from troubled households with state involvement.

The adoption process for same-sex couples

Same-sex couples can generally adopt children in Tennessee and all other states. However, it may still be illegal for those in same-sex relationships to adopt children from some foreign countries. Regardless of where the adoption is taking place, the couple may need to be in a relationship that has legal recognition in the child's birth country.

Genetic testing changes the face of adoption

For Tennessee residents who are thinking about adoption, the rise of genetic testing available in direct-to-consumer kits has changed older ideas about confidentiality and secrecy. In the past, birth parents could place a child for adoption anonymously, in a closed process. In this type of adoption, the child or adoptive family would know little about how to contact the biological parents. While there were abuses associated with the closed adoption system and many parents had moved toward more open adoptions, that process has been changed through the use of at-home DNA kits.

State changes adoption policy

Individuals in Tennessee and throughout the country who wish to become adoptive or foster parents generally have the right to do so. Typically, an individual must show that he or she is able to care for a child. In many cases, the sexual orientation of the prospective parent doesn't influence whether he or she can have the child. However, some adoption agencies are allowed to discriminate against same-sex individuals based on religious grounds.

Gubernatorial candidate once tried to ban LGBTQIA adoption

While Tennessee Republican representative Diane Black has garnered attention for her vocal support for adoption, LGBTQIA couples and individuals seeking to adopt have not felt that same level of support. Black has spoken about adoption on Twitter as well as in Congress since 2015. However, prior to her appearance on the national political scene, she proposed a bill in Tennessee in 2005 that would bar "homosexuals from adopting".

Some issues could complicate an adoption

The adoption process allows children who were born into unfavorable situations to live in families with people who love and support them. However, because there are a lot of people involved, including the birth mother, birth father, child and adoptive parents, adopting a child may be complex and time-consuming. Several things could go wrong before a Tennessee adoption gets finalized, so the pre-adoption paperwork aims to prevent uprooting a child from a loving home.

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.

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