Whether you’re a hopeful adoptive parent or an expectant mother considering adoption in Chattanooga, knowing how to start the process — and where to turn for help — isn’t always easy. That’s why we’ve compiled the following guide to adoption in Chattanooga, complete with a list of Chattanooga adoption agencies, attorneys, home study services and more.
However, you don’t have to piece together the adoption services you need on your own. As a national adoption agency, American Adoptions can provide all the services you need to complete your infant adoption in Chattanooga, either as a prospective birth mother or a hopeful adoptive parent. You can call 1-800-ADOPTION at any time to start the process or request free information here.
You can also explore the following resources for more information on adoption in Chattanooga:
As a full-service, national adoption agency, American Adoptions can provide all of the services you need to complete an adoption in Chattanooga. We can help by:
Offering free, 24/7 options counseling, information and support to women facing an unplanned pregnancy
Thoroughly screening hopeful adoptive parents and prospective birth mothers
Helping adoptive families and prospective birth parents find each other
Coordinating open adoption contact between birth and adoptive parents before and after placement
Helping pregnant women get the care they need throughout their pregnancies and after placement
Connecting adoptive families with home study services, legal representation and more
Providing post-placement services for both adoptive families and birth parents
Protecting adoptive families financially in the case of an adoption disruption
There are many advantages of working with a national agency like American Adoptions to complete your Chattanooga adoption. However, if you want to research other local adoption agencies, you might consider:
Whether you are pursuing adoption in Chattanooga as a prospective birth mother or an adoptive parent, you will likely need to work with a lawyer to complete the legal steps of your adoption process.
If you work with American Adoptions, your adoption specialist will connect you with one of the trusted attorneys in our network, and you will not need to retain an adoption lawyer on your own. If not, other options for an adoption attorney in Chattanooga include:
You can search for additional Chattanooga adoption attorneys and read reviews of their services here.
American Adoptions specializes in domestic infant adoption services and is not involved in adoptions from the foster care system. However, foster care in Chattanooga can be an immensely rewarding way to add to your family and provide a safe, loving home for a child in need.
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent or adopting from foster care in Chattanooga, contact one of the following organizations:
Additional information about foster care in Tennessee is available through the Department of Children’s Services.
Similarly, American Adoptions only completes adoptions within the United States and does not provide international adoption services. However, there are several other adoption agencies that can help hopeful parents pursuing international adoption in Chattanooga:
Before any hopeful parent can adopt (whether domestically or internationally, privately or through foster care), they will be required to complete the Tennessee adoption home study. This is basically an overview of the adoptive family’s home and life to ensure they are fully prepared for adoption.
Your home study must be completed by a Tennessee-licensed home study provider. If you work with American Adoptions, your adoption specialist will refer you to a trusted home study worker near you. You can also contact:
Find more information about each of these Chattanooga home study professionals at 1-800-homestudy.com.
The hospital stay is one of the most emotional parts of the entire Chattanooga adoption process — both for prospective birth mothers and hopeful adoptive parents.
If you are pregnant and making an adoption plan for your baby, your adoption specialist will help you create a hospital plan that outlines exactly how you want the experience to go. If you are adopting a baby from a prospective birth mother in Chattanooga, your adoption specialist will inform you of the expectant mother’s hospital plan so you’ll know what to expect when the big day arrives.
Here are some of the maternity hospitals in Chattanooga that may be involved in your hospital experience:
Every adoption must be legally finalized in court. If you are adopting in Chattanooga, TN, your adoption may be finalized in one of the following counties:
As a full-service, national adoption agency, American Adoptions works with hopeful adoptive parents and prospective birth mothers across the country — and we can help you complete your Chattanooga adoption, too. Whether you are pursuing adoption as a prospective birth mother or a hopeful adoptive family, you can start the process at any time by calling 1-800-ADOPTION.
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