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Dawn Coppock, Tennessee's leading adoption attorney, offers extensive law resources, consulting, training, and mediation for attorneys and judges.
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Tennessee Adoption Attorney

Dawn Coppock is Tennessee’s Leading Adoption Attorney. Dawn offers extensive adoption law resources and services for attorneys and courts.

Dawn is a Fellow in the Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys and on the executive committee of the Tennessee Bar Association Adoption Committee and is a member of many other professional organizations. She trains other lawyers and adoption professionals, consults with other lawyers, and is a certified Rule 31 Family Law Mediator.

“Dawn Coppock is nothing short of Tennessee’s best adoption lawyer. Dawn literally wrote the go to book on adoption law for our state. Being a lawyer myself I did extensive research before hiring an adoption lawyer. Dawn is smart, honest and extremely professional. In summary, if you need an adoption lawyer and hire Dawn Coppock, you will be very well represented. “

Former Client

Adoption Law Resources and Services for Attorneys, Judges and Courts

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Judges may always call directly and anytime at 865.933.8173. The judge is responsible for compliance with the Rules of the Tennessee Supreme Court 10, RJC 2.9 (A)(2) on consulting disinterested experts.

Dawn sets aside time almost every week to provide free technical assistance to attorneys. Dawn also offers paid, one-time consultations and consulting over the course of a case.

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Tennessee Rule 31 Mediator

Dawn Coppock is the right Tennessee Rule 31 family law mediator when children’s lives and relationships hang in the balance. Her mediation goal is child-centered, collaborative solutions that safely maintain a child’s significant connections. 


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Coppock on Tennessee Adoption Law

Authored the Book on Tennesee Adoption Law

Coppock on Tennessee Adoption Law

8th Edition

Entirely Revised, Updated, and Expanded

The Book
Even more adoption forms, pleadings, checklists, letters, and resources provided electronically in Word for easy use


Available at in January 2024

“This is my last edition, so I tilted my head and shook out all my best stuff
for you and your clients.
It’s sassier too. I couldn’t help it.”

-Dawn Coppock

Law Blog

Of course, you can adopt an adult in Tennessee!

This is not a debated or murky point of Tennessee law. You just can. I do 2 or 3 adult adoptions a year and I have for decades.  See Tennessee Code Annotated § 36-1-117(j).  (1) When the person sought to be adopted is eighteen (18) years of age or older, only the...

A Voice in Court for Foster Parents

Effective July 1, 2023 Big addition to foster parent's right to participate in hearings. T.C.A. §  37-2-415 (a)(17) - (Public Chapter 263)For some time, the court has been required to promptly notify foster parents of all court hearings regarding their foster...

Public outcry is needed for Tennessee to fix the Department of Children’s Services

Public outcry is needed for Tennessee to fix the Department of Children's Services - Opinion - By Dawn Coppock - Published by The Tennessean, The Knoxville News Sentinel & The Commercial Appeal - January 4, 2023.  Click the blue link for the full text of Dawn's...

Resources and Articles

Summary of Tennessee Adoption Law

Tennessee’s New Adoption Law by Dawn Coppock and Michael S. Jennings – July 2018*

Shortened Surrender Revocation Period by Dawn Coppock– December 2015*

A New Concept. Enforceable Post-adoption Contact Agreements Come to Tennessee By Michael S. Jennings and William H. Vetterick – May 2019*

*Used with permission of the Tennessee Bar Journal,
a publication of the Tennessee Bar Association

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