Types of Adoption Agencies Servicing Tennessee
Before diving into the world of adoption, you will want to learn about the different types of adoption agencies in Tennessee.
- Private adoption agencies
This is the most common path for expectant/birth mothers choosing adoption. With a Tennessee private adoption agency – also known as domestic adoption agency – adoption is a voluntary choice made by the birth mother. Adoptions With Love has been working with Tennessee birth mothers since 1986.
Tennessee foster care is a system to remove children from their homes – sometimes temporarily – for health and safety reasons. A child put in foster care is taken from their birth parent(s) involuntarily. This is done to protect the child from things like neglect and/or abuse. A parent’s death or illness may be another reason the state steps in to intervene and remove the child from the home.
Many Tennessee adoption agencies will offer families in the LGBTQ+ community to adopt. While the State of Tennessee allows same-sex adoption, it also allows foster and adoption agency groups to discriminate against queer families. Adoptions With Love believes that all responsible adults should have the right to raise a family. We offer adoption to all eligible families, regardless of sexual identity, sexual preference, race, religion, or ethnicity. The family that is best for you is your choice.
- Open adoption vs. Closed adoption
Most adoptions today are considered “open adoptions.” This means there is ongoing communication between birth and adoptive families. An open adoption in Tennessee offers many benefits for birth mothers, adopted children, and adoptive parents, as well. Closed adoption is exactly how it sounds. There is no contact between birth and adoptive families, and limited, non-identifying background information is made available to the adoptive parents.
At Adoptions With Love, expectant/birth parents can choose between:
No matter which type of adoption plan you choose, your decision will be respected, and your wishes will be met with compassion and understanding.