Coppock on Tennessee Adoption Law

Coppock on Tennessee Adoption Law

The Leading Book on Tennessee Adoption Law

Dawn is the author of Coppock on Tennessee Adoption Law with Forms on CD, 7th Edition, w/ 2018 supplement published by Celtic Cat Publishing, 2017. Author of Coppock on Tennessee Adoption Law with Forms and Statutes, 2nd, 3rd 4th, 5th and 6th Editions, published by Lexis Law Publishing in 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2011.

This is both the leading and the only modern Tennessee law book on the topic of adoption and termination of parental rights. It is used by attorneys and judges statewide and cited as authoritative by the Tennessee Appellate Courts.

You may purchase a copy of the book from the publisher at

Many Tennessee public and law libraries also have copies of Coppock on Tennessee Adoption Law, usually in the reference section.

What Does the Book Cover?

For a fraction of the fee for one adoption case, a beginner can achieve basic competence, one experienced practitioner can look over the shoulder and into the forms file of another, and judges can get it right the first time. Children and families are worth cracking a book over. This is your book.


New: Includes 2018 FIAA Supplement:

  • 162 pages
  • 14 updated checklists for counsel, judges, and agencies
  • 24 updated forms
  • 17 chapters updated
  • Revised CD-ROM with all the updated forms and checklists

The “First in Adoption Act” (FIAA) is effective July 1, 2018 and includes significant changes to termination grounds and more: 

  • Changes to Termination Grounds
    • Abandonment Ground: Willfulness
    • Abandonment Ground: Cases Involving a Total Failure to Support or Visit
    • Abandonment Ground: Amended Pleadings
    • Abandonment Ground: Suitable Home
    • Persistent Conditions Ground
    • Severe Child Abuse Ground
  • Putative Father Changes
  • New Surrender Form
  • Other Changes
    • Venue: FIAA expands venue where termination and adoption cases may be filed
    • Residency: FIAA also expands the jurisdiction of Tennessee courts to hear adoptions
    • New definition of “relative” in the adoption code
    • New rules for Initials and Pseudonyms
    • New rules on access to files

Every chapter and form is updated and revised.

Big changes in the law include:

  • Narrowing of the rights of unwed fathers and expansion of process for proceeding without them
  • New case law on due process and notice
  • New denial of paternity procedure for legal fathers
  • Surrender revocation decreased from 10 days to 3
  • New generalized unfitness ground for TPR
  • More proof required for abandonment by failure to support
  • New right/obligation to check agencies work
  • When non-residents can finalize adoptions in TN
  • Greatly expanded Appellate review process

Always more practical than academic, Coppock on Tennessee Adoption Law is full of forms and checklists and now includes:

  • More trial tips and tactics, including use of experts and discovery
  • A thumbnail evidence sheet for your trial notebook
  • More on dependence/adoption interface
  • More on paternity/adoption interface
  • New chapter about unwed fathers
  • New ICWA chapter
  • New Servicemembers chapter
  • New materials about immigrant children
  • New materials to evaluate and negotiate adoption assistance
  • All new diagrams on options and processes
  • Including a chart to be sure you always use the right TPR process for your case
  • The best grounds checklist ever