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Adoption and Depression
This blog post was written by Helaine Sanders, along with Adoption STAR. Since I have a depressive illness, doctors made sure I understood that if I chose to give birth to a baby, I would be a candidate for postpartum depression (PPD).
Adoption Information By State
Adoption in Tennessee
Adoption STAR provides adoption services to pregnant women and prospective adoptive parents in all cities in Tennessee.
If you are pregnant and considering adoption in Tennessee or currently reside in Tennessee and are hoping to adopt a child, Adoption STAR can help you.
Below you will find a brief overview of adoption in Tennessee. Please know that the laws which will apply to your adoption can vary based on several circumstances, including but not limited to, the state in which the baby is born, the state in which the baby will be placed, etc. For more specific information on adoption in Tennessee please contact Adoption STAR directly.
A birth parent consent may be signed 3 days after birth (not including day of child’s birth) and it becomes irrevocable 10 days after consent, unless 10th day is a weekend or holiday, and then period extends to next business day. Return of the child is automatic unless petition is filed showing that child is at risk of substantial harm to be returned to custody of birth parents. There is a putative father registry within the state.
Prospective adoptive parents may advertise in the state. Out of state adoptive parents may not finalize the adoption within the state.
If You Are Pregnant And Considering Adoption
Please visit these links:
Overview of Services for Pregnant Women
Sometimes, things happen that causes confusion. Usually, they are temporary, and things improve. Yet sometimes, things get more difficult before they get better. Sometimes, a pregnancy may be part of the problem, and sometimes, adoption is the answer.
Why work with Adoption STAR?
The agency is committed to the best interests of children and will offer all birth families regardless of race, health, circumstances, or disability, the option of immediate adoptive placement for their child. The agency encourages birth parents to be as involved in the adoption planning as they desire. Adoption S.T.A.R. is an agency dedicated to maintaining connections between adoptive families and birth families and offers education and support with an adoption plan.
Information on Open Adoption
Open adoption also known as Post Adoption Contact, represents the joining of two families based on love and trust. With an open adoption birth families and adoptive families maintain significant ongoing contact after a placement. In some cases this takes the form of sharing non-identifying information and sometimes it means the full exchange of identifying information between birth and adoptive families, if all parties are comfortable.
Though it is not mandatory, it is desirable for birth parents to continue with the agency to receive supportive services after placement. The post placement period is a very difficult time filled with grief, loss, confusion and questions. Adoption S.T.A.R. is here to help you work through these issues.
Choosing An Adoptive Family
It is important to Adoption S.T.A.R. that you identify a family that best meet the qualifications, preferences and characteristics you are looking for. Please know that in addition to the profiles on this site, the agency can provide you with many additional profiles of waiting adoptive parents. You are encouraged to share with us your dream of your "perfect" family. We want you to select the family that you are most comfortable with. Through communication with waiting families, you can establish relationships and become better acquainted giving you the opportunity to make an informed decision.
Free Adoption Information for Pregnant Women
Fill out this simple information request and we will send you information. Please know at anytime you can contact us toll free at 1-866-691-3300 to speak to someone immediately.
If You Are Thinking About Adopting A Child
Please visit these links:
Adoptive Parent Overview of Services
Learn about the adoption programs and services we offer.
Our Placement Programs
Adoption S.T.A.R. is a full service adoption agency providing opportunities to adopt domestically and internally.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are so many wonderful and important questions that should be answered before making a decision to adopt and before choosing the right agency for you.
Adoptive Parent Education
Adoption S.T.A.R. is an agency with one of the highest educational standards. It is a leading agency with educational requirements for all its adoptive parents. Clients will receive a comprehensive list on how to obtain the required credits in their journey to adopt.
Read Stories From Families Who Have Adopted With Us
In addition to reading the positive experiences many of our adoptive families have had, we would love to share with you additional references and introduce you to our Adoptive Parent Mentor Program.
Free Adoption Information for Prospective Adoptive Parents
Complete this simple information request and we will send you information. Please feel free to contact us via telephone as well.