Dawn’s Adoption Law Blog

News, Updates and Resources for Adoptive Parents and Legal Professionals

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.

Post Adoption Contact

Effective March 22, 2019, post adoption contracts may be legally enforceable.

Tennessee Legislative Update (HB 0288/SB 0207)

Post Adoption Contact Agreements (PACA) can be legally enforceable, effective March 29, 2019.

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.

Upcoming Seminars!

Adoption Shorts & Ethics November 29, 2018 - Knoxville, TN Step Parent & Relative Adoption for Newbs (1 general / .5 dual CLE) Adoption Law Update – Part I:  Hidey-holes and Whack-a-mole (1 general CLE) Adoption Law Update – Part II:  Grounds and Procedure...

First in Adoption Legislation Still In A Holding Pattern

It happened again. First in Adoption and many other bills have fallen off the end of the Senate calendar today due to large legislative volume that is common late in the session. The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 8:30 am to take another run at the long list of...

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