As a prospective birth parent or adoptive family in Clarksville, you may have several questions about placing a baby for adoption or adopting a child in Tennessee.
There are many adoption professionals in the area who can assist you through the process and answer your questions. Read on to learn more about adoption in Clarksville, and find additional resources and information on our How to Adopt in Tennessee page.
Clarksville Adoption Agencies and Adoption Professionals
One of the first steps in the adoption process, both for adoptive parents and birth mothers, is to choose an adoption professional to work with. Your adoption professional will provide the services and support you need to successfully complete your adoption.
The following adoption agencies are based in the Clarksville area and have experience completing local adoptions:
How to Become a Foster Parent in Clarksville
To become a foster parent or to adopt from the foster care system in Tennessee, you will need to meet certain state qualifications and complete the Tennessee home study process. Information about these requirements is available on our Tennessee adoption page.
In addition, the following Clarksville foster care agencies and resources can provide additional information:
Home Study Providers in Clarksville
For adoptive and foster parents in Clarksville, the home study is one of the most important parts of the process.
It is important to choose the right professional to complete your home study and ensure it complies with all Tennessee laws and requirements. To get started, contact a home study provider serving Clarksville:
- Options 4 Adoption, Inc.
Options 4 Adoption is licensed in the state of Tennessee as a nonprofit child-placing agency that offers home studies for domestic and international adoptions, post-placement supervision and home study updates.
- Adoption Promises
Adoption Promises has served all of Tennessee for over 12 years, offering domestic and international home studies, post-placement supervision and home study updates.
- Adoption Assistance
Adoption Assistance is a Kentucky and Tennessee licensed nonprofit adoption agency providing home studies for domestic and international adoptions, adoption training, post-placement services and home investigations for independent adoptions.
- New Beginnings International Children’s & Family Services
New Beginnings provides quality, professional domestic and international home study services for adoptive parents in Tennessee.
Visit 1800HomeStudy.com to learn more about Tennessee home study providers.
Hospitals in Clarksville
For birth parents and adoptive families, one of the most emotional parts of the adoption process is the time spent in the hospital when the baby is born. If you are making an adoption plan for your baby as a prospective birth mother, it will be entirely up to you to decide how you would like your hospital stay to go.
This is known as your hospital plan, and you can work with your adoption professional and delivery hospital to ensure everything happens as you want it to. When you are ready to begin creating your hospital plan, here are some Clarksville hospitals that may be able to assist you:
- Tenova Healthcare
651 Dunlop Lane
Clarksville, TN 37040
- Vanderbilt Health – Clarksville
647 Dunlop Lane, Suite 206
Clarksville, TN 37040
Adoption Laws and Qualifications
Birth parents and adoptive families in Clarksville often have questions about local adoption laws. Adoption laws and regulations are determined by the state and are no different in Clarksville than in Nashville, Memphis, or anywhere else in the state.
The following section provides an overview of the types of laws and regulations in place in Tennessee.
Adoption Laws for Birth Parents
For prospective birth parents, some of the most important adoption laws are those regarding consent and relinquishment. Tennessee adoption statutes regulate who must consent to an adoption, when and how consent can be executed, when consent becomes irrevocable, and more. This information, along with information about birth father rights, is included in our Tennessee adoption information.
Laws for Adoptive Families
Many hopeful adoptive parents wonder whether they are eligible to adopt, what adoption expenses they are permitted to pay, and the types of adoption professionals who may advertise or facilitate an adoption. An outline of these and other Tennessee adoption laws is available on our Tennessee adoption page.
At the end of the adoption process, every adoption must be finalized in court. If you are adopting in Clarksville, Tennessee, find information about finalizing your adoption in your county:
Things to do in Clarksville
If you are adopting a child from Clarksville, you may find yourself spending some time in the city, either visiting prospective birth parents or waiting for ICPC paperwork to be processed. Here are some fun ways to spend your time if you are looking for things to do in Clarksville: