Whether you are interested in adopting a child or placing a baby for adoption in the Nashville area, there are many local resources available to you. This guide provides information about Nashville adoption agencies, home study professionals and other adoption and foster care services in the area.
Additional resources for expectant mothers and adoptive parents throughout the state can be found on our Tennessee adoption
Nashville Adoption Agencies and Adoption Professionals
When you are ready to begin the adoption process, you will likely need to work with an adoption professional to receive the services and support you need to complete the adoption.
Some adoptive families
and birth parents
prefer to work with a local or regional adoption agency. The following adoption agencies have locations in Nashville and can ensure that you meet all Tennessee requirements as you move through the adoption process:
Become a Foster Parent in Nashville
If you live in Nashville, Tennessee, and are interested in fostering a child, you will need to meet certain state requirements for foster parents and complete the home study process. Information about foster parent eligibility, as well as Tennessee home study requirements, is included in our state adoption information.
For more information about foster care and foster-to-adopt placements in Nashville and throughout the rest of the state, visit the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.
The following local agencies and resources can also provide additional information about becoming a foster parent in Nashville:
Completing the Home Study in Nashville
The home study is a major milestone in every adoption and foster care process, and home study requirements are determined by the state. In Tennessee, the process includes at least one visit to the home and interviews with all members of the household. For more information about what to expect during the home study, visit our guide to Adoption in Tennessee.
When you are ready to begin the home study process, contact any of these legally qualified home study providers in your area:
- 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.
- 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.
Visit 1800HomeStudy.com to learn more about Tennessee home study
Hospitals in Nashville
If you choose adoption for your baby, it will be up to you to plan your hospital stay. Your hospital plan will include your preferences for who is in the delivery room with you, how much you will interact with your baby and the adoptive family, and more.
The delivery hospital will be aware of your hospital plan ahead of time to ensure a smooth labor and delivery process. When you are ready to make your hospital plan, here are some local Nashville hospitals you may be working with:
Adoption Laws and Qualifications
Hopeful parents and pregnant women considering adoption often have questions about Nashville adoption laws, qualifications and processes. Adoption laws are determined by the state, and are the same in Nashville as in Memphis, Knoxville and anywhere else in Tennessee. Read below for an overview of some of the adoption laws regulating adoption in Nashville.
For Birth Parents
Many birth mothers and fathers have questions about the laws, rules and qualifications for placing a baby for adoption in Nashville. Information about adoption consent, relinquishment, paternity and more is available here.
For Adoptive Families
Hopeful adoptive parents in Tennessee must meet certain age and residency requirements and follow all laws regulating adoption expenses, finalization, the use of advertising, and more. An outline of laws and regulations for adoptive families in Tennessee is available on our Tennessee adoption
Following placement, your adoption will need to be finalized in court. If you are finalizing your adoption in Nashville, Tennessee, find your local courthouse and other information about finalizing your adoption in your county:
Things to do in Nashville
Many parents who adopt from Tennessee end up spending some time in Nashville, either visiting prospective birth parents or waiting for their ICPC paperwork to be processed. If your adoption plan brings you to the Nashville area, consider visiting: