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Tennessee Adoption Laws

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Code Section 36-1-101, et seq.; No
Who May Be AdoptedAny person
Age that Child's Consent Needed14 years and older
Who May AdoptAny person over 18 years of age who has been Tennessee resident for 6 months. Residency requirement may be waived under certain circumstances. Spouse shall join in petition if competent (unless natural parent of child to be adopted)
Home Residency Required Prior to Finalization of Adoption?1 year
State Agency/CourtChildren's Services/Chancery or Circuit
Statute of Limitations to Challenge1 year

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