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

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...

Registration Open – Adoption Law School Summer Camp At the Beach – April 12-15, 2023

Adoption Law School Summer Camp At The Beach April 12-15, 2023 Registration is Open! Become a better adoption lawyer,Strengthen your relationships with colleagues,andSpend your afternoons on the beach. I’ve kept what you love, The beautiful Gulf Coast, Comprehensive,...

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.

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