Maryville Adoption Lawyers
Adoption attorneys helping individuals in Maryville, Lenoir City, and throughout East Tennessee build their families
For many reasons, the State of Tennessee serves as guardian to hundreds of children who need the love and security of their own families and many couples decide to turn to adoption to build families. Adoption is one of the happiest events families can experience, but this type of lifetime commitment involves a complex legal process. Experienced adoption attorneys can make a difference in virtually every step of this process.
I am Maryville adoption lawyer Kevin W. Shepherd, and I have more than two decades of experience helping couples meet state requirements — from the time they file the initial application, through the happy day when they welcome a child into their families.
Preparing for adoption
Before you decide to adopt a child, you need to understand the issues unique to adoption. During your initial consultation, I help you prepare for some of the potential psychological issues you, the adopted child and your other family members may experience. Advanced preparation helps ensure the seamless introduction of a new family member into your lives.
The Tennessee adoption process
To help ensure adoption is the right choice for children and parents, the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services requires potential adoptive parents to go through a detailed process that includes the following steps:
- Submission of a Foster/Adoption Application for Parenting to the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services
- Completion of a 30-hour education and self-assessment process
- A home study conducted by a licensed child placement agency
- Submission of a written home study that includes a family description, verification, medical and financial statements, and references
Completion of these steps does not guarantee your acceptance as an adoptive parent. An incomplete application or failure to meet the full requirements when providing medical and financial information can stop the adoption process at any time. Having guided many parents through the adoption process, I have a clear understanding of the requirements. I make sure you know what to expect; so you can prepare properly and help ensure the success of the adoption process.
Contact an experienced adoption lawyer in Maryville
Adopting a child requires a great deal of consideration even before you submit the initial application. It makes sense to begin by scheduling a consultation with an experienced adoption attorney who can guide you in making your decision and throughout the adoption process. For more information, or to schedule a consultation with Shepherd and Associates, P.C., call 865-225-9655 or fill out the contact form on this website.