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Becoming an Adoptive Parent

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To become an adoptive parent you:
• can be married, single or divorced
• may or may not have other children
• can own your own home or rent
• can work full time
• must be at least 18
• must be a resident of the State of Tennessee
• must be able to meet the financial and emotional needs of your own family

Essentially, if you are stable and can provide a child with the love, as well as the support he or she needs, you may be a candidate to become an adoptive parent.

Things to think about when considering adoption:
• Am I secure and satisfied with my life and my family as they are now?
• Do I have a good support system - friends and family that can help me out when I need it?
• Can I be flexible in coping with surprises and unexpected situations?
• Can I wait for a child to return my love?
• Can I feel comfortable with the fact that my child may want to talk with me about their biological parents, as well as others who have cared for them in the past?

If you are interested in becoming an adoptive parent, complete an application and send it to your local Children's Services office.

For questions about adopting Tennessee children,
please contact DCS at 1-877-DCSKids (327-5437).