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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,...
Dawn’s Deep Dive into Tennessee’s Best Interest Statute – The Cover Story in July / August TBA Journal
Read it here: - 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...
PASSED: Tennessee Legislative Update – Best Interest of the Child – HB200/SB205
In Tennessee, to terminate a parent’s rights the petitioner (Agency or prospective adoptive parents) must prove grounds “against” the parent AND also must prove that termination of parental rights is in the child’s best interest. In most cases, proof of...
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.
TN DCS Reversal – Will Apply ICPC to Children Leaving Tennessee with Guardians
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.
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