Tennessee

  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
You may use the stars on the left to rate and leave feedback for the current article. No registration is required. Waiting for 5 votes 0.0 of 5 stars (0 votes) — Thanks for your vote

Please fill out the following optional information before submitting your rating:



Tennessee

Who Must Consent:
  • A parent under age 18 shall have the capacity to give consent to adoption.
  • A guardian ad litem may be appointed.
  • The child's parent or guardian.


Consent of Adoptee:
Not addressed in statutes reviewed.

When Parental Consent is Not Needed:
  • There is no person qualified to give consent.The parent:
  • Has abandoned the child.
  • Has shown substantial noncompliance with a permanency plan.
  • Whose child has been out of the home for 6 months.
  • Has committed severe child abuse.
  • Has been imprisoned for 2 years for conduct against a child.
  • Has failed to support, contact or visit the child.
When Relinquishment Can Be Signed:
  • No surrender shall be made prior to the 3rd day after birth
  • The count starts on the first full day following birth.
  • The court may, for good cause shown, waive the 3 day waiting period.
How Relinquishment Must Be Signed:
  • Surrenders shall be made in the presence of a judge, and the court shall advise the person of the right, time and procedure.
  • The court may accept notarized statements if someone is unable to surrender in person.
Time for Revocation:
  • Person may revoke a surrender within 10 days if such revocation occurs in the presence of a judge.
  • After 10 days, a surrender cannot be set aside unless the court finds reasons the adoption should not go forward, as detailed in the statutes.
  • A surrender may be revoked at any time prior to the entry of an order of confirmation of parental consent by the court.
  • The surrender may be revoked if there is clear and convincing evidence of fraud, misrepresentation, or duress.
• Glossary of Terms
• Legal Considerations in Adoption
• Parental Rights
• Putative Father Registries: What They Are and How To Use Them
• Resources for Expectant/Placing Parents

Relinquishment Summaries by State: Index

Source: National Adoption Information Clearinghouse. Reprinted with permission.

Visitor Comments (0) - Be the first to comment
Adding your comments contributes to the adoption community. Please keep all comments on topic and civil. Visitors are invited to comment and vote for or flag comments based on appropriateness and helpfulness. All comments must adhere to our commenting rules and are subject to moderation.
We'll Search for You!
Virginia
Click here to visit Adoption.com Registry
Don't miss out on finding your match at Adoption.com's Registry. For just $9.99 per year we will do the searching for you. Receive notifications automatically. Plus...find out who is searching for you!
Adoption.com Registry
 
 Adoption Profiles
Sponsored Links