Dawn’s Law Blog

News, Updates and Resources for Legal Professionals and those who follow adoption law

Dawn’s Deep Dive into Tennessee’s Best Interest Statute – The Cover Story in July / August TBA Journal

Read it here: Happier Childhoods and Better Best Interest Factors - TBA Journal - July / August 2021

Tennessee’s best interest factors are now BETTER

On April 22, 2021, the Governor signed HB200/SB205, new factors for judges to consider to determine the best interest of a child in a termination of a parental rights case. My detailed analysis is HERE.

Legislative Advocacy Video Plus Sample Letter

https://youtu.be/D-C9_Z5I2uI Click above to play the legislative advocacy video. Sample legislator letter below: Dear Senator (or Representative) Schmo: I live in XXXX (If you live in the lawmaker's district). I am an attorney/adoptive parent/ environmental...

Interesting, Dynamic, The Tennessee Adoption Code

Adoption is a microcosm of values, politics, psychology, economics, public policy, emotion and aggressively competing interests. It is interesting, dynamic, and, in the past three legislative sessions here in Tennessee, very active. Let’s hit the high points.

Fewer Tennessee Cases Will Require ICPC Approval

The recently announced change is significant. Some transitional education and confusion is to be expected. But the net effect is a reduction in legal fees and length of travel for many non-resident prospective adoptive families.

Last Dawn Coppock Adoption / Legislative Advocacy Series This Year!

Basic stepparent and relative adoptions are the daily fare for many general practitioners. But the process is technical. This class offers the basic skills and information you need to competently represent relatives and step-parents, including forms, checklists and when to call for help if a case takes an ugly turn.

Last Dawn Coppock Adoption Series This Year

Basic stepparent and relative adoptions are the daily fare for many general practitioners. But the process is technical. This class offers the basic skills and information you need to competently represent relatives and stepparents, including forms, checklists and when to call for help if a case takes an ugly turn.

Registration Open – Legislative Advocacy Seminar

Dawn Coppock will present tools for effective legislative advocacy. Examples will draw from her environmental and adoption legislative advocacy, but the process and techniques apply to all state level advocacy.

Tennessee’s New Adoption Law

From the Tennessee Bar Journal’s July 2018 cover story by Dawn Coppock and Michael Jennings, read the article here discussing the new adoption legislation that went into effect yesterday.

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