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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...

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...

First in Adoption Legislative Update

The First in Adoption Bill was set at the end of a long calendar for yesterday but, probably due to time constraints, did not receive a vote. It has been reset for 1:30 CST today on the floor of the Tennessee State Senate.   Look for a blog post this afternoon....

“First in Adoption” – So far every vote is “Yes.”

The “First in Adoption” bill that many Tennessee attorneys and adoptive parents are following moved from the House committee process to the floor with a unanimous vote of the House Civil Justice committee. The committee is chaired my Mike Carter (R), an attorney and...

The “First in Adoption” Bill is on the move!

How to follow it through the Legislature. The “First in Adoption” Bill (HB 1856 Carter/SB 1851 Haile) passed the House Civil Justice Subcommittee last week and is scheduled for a hearing before the full house committee tomorrow, Tues. March 27, 2018 at 3:00 CST. If...

“First In Adoption” Bill Big Tennessee News!

The “First In Adoption” bill is moving in the TN Legislature. HB 1856 Rep. Mike Carter/ SB 1851 Sen. Ferrell Haile What it does: Creates one short and simple surrender form and relieves a number of related bureaucratic requirements; Refines elements to prove rounds...

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