Legal Expertise on Adoption Law

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. “

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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


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“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

Adoption Assistance for Drug-Exposed Infants

Adoption assistance is a program to assist adoptive families of special needs children. The program is state-administered with the majority of funding from the federal government and a state contribution as well. The benefits are usually a monthly stipend and health...

Finalization – Six Months or Three Months?

Question: I understand that the waiting period for adoption, the time the child must live with the prospective adoptive family before the adoption can be finalized, has been reduced from 6 months to 3 months, correct? Answer: Not exactly. The waiting period is still 6...

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*

Happier Childhoods and Better Best Interest Factors By Dawn Coppock – July / August 2021*

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

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